NAMI Contra Costa: Helping Families and Individuals Affected by Mental Illness for Over 30 Years

We are committed to providing support, outreach, education and advocacy for families affected by and individuals living with mental illness.


Our Education Programs provide the tools, awareness and coping skills you need to overcome the challenges people and families affected by mental illness face.


We offer support groups facilitated by trained family members and individuals that have firsthand experience coping with mental illness. 


We strive to raise awareness of mental health and improve access to quality care. Get involved today and help us bring mental illness out of the shadows and into the light.

Latest From The Blog

  • New Family-to-Family Classes Coming Up!

New Family-to-Family Classes Coming Up!

  • April 22nd, 2014

Our next free Family to Family Education Course will be offered in Pleasant Hill, starting May 2014, and in June a Martinez course will […]

  • Promote Mental Health Awareness

Promote Mental Health Awareness

  • January 8th, 2014

Magnetic Ribbons Now Available
New green magnetic ribbons that cling to the car and convey the message about mental illness are now available. They will […]

  • March 2014 Newsletter Now Available

March 2014 Newsletter Now Available

  • July 31st, 2012

Read about NAMI Contra Costa’s successful Mardi Gras fundraiser and more in the March 2014 edition of our print newsletter.

Upcoming Education Meetings

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for “Treatment Resistant Depression”

William J. Shryer, DCSW, LCSW

THURSDAY MAY 15TH 2014 at 7:00PM
Mr. Shryer will discuss his work with TMS, a new non-invasive alternative to ECT and other commonly used treatments. View our printable flyer for additional information. 

Speaker and Topic TBA

THURSDAY JUNE 19TH 2014 at 7:00PM

Speaker and Topic TBA

THURSDAY JUNE 19TH 2014 at 7:00PM

Our Signature Programs

  • Family-to-Family: A free 12-week education course for families and caregivers of those living with mental illness.
  • Peer-to-Peer: A free 10-week education course for individuals living with a mental illness.
  • Support Groups: For Families, Parents, Educations, Faith Communities, and more.
  • NAMI Connection: A weekly recovery support group for people living with a mental illness.
  • In Our Own Voice: An interactive, multimedia presentation by individuals living with a mental illness that offers hope and combats stigma.
  • De Familia a Familia – Curse gratuito de 12 semanas.
  • Provider Education Program: Designed for people who work directly with individuals living with mental illness.

NAMI Is A Grassroots, Volunteer Driven Organization!

Our volunteers put in countless hours helping our cause through their hard work and determination .

The Jambalaya Jazztet Playing at Mardi Gras Fundraiser

Joanna and Elliott Halpern at the Mardi Gras Carnival Fundraiser

Al Farmer and Veronica Mc Manus at the Volunteer Thank You Luncheon

Volunteers at NAMIWalk

NAMI Volunteers at the Thank You Luncheon

Dave Kahler at the Thank You Luncheon

How NAMI Has Helped Our Members

Each year, NAMI Contra Costa provides direct support to over 1000 families and individuals. This is what they have to say about their experience:

The programs and activities of NAMI Contra Costa encourage me to use my voice to share my experience. The members inspire me to continue journeying from darkness to light as I apply what I have learned to helping others.
Roberto Roman, , NAMI Contra Costa member since 2008
As the parents of a young woman who has struggled with mental illness and the myriad challenges that come with brain disorders, we would like to applaud NAMI for In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness. Our daughter’s involvement in this program has provided her with an internal sense of pride she’s never before experienced.
Anonymous, NAMI Member
When families are faced with the challenges of having a loved one with a severe mental illness, NAMI provides a network of people who understand— who “get it” because they’ve been there. And the comprehensive Family-to-Family class is invaluable in moving them from feelings of despair to a path toward helping their family member— and themselves.
Karen Cohen, NAMI Member and Family-to-Family teacher
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