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NAMI Contra Costa NAMI Contra Costa is proud to provide support, outreach, education and advocacy to individuals living with and loved ones affected by mental illness.

Welcome to NAMI-CC (National Alliance on Mental Illness Contra Costa). We are a vibrant non-profit organization that is here to educate, support, and give hope to people who are impacted by mental illness. Our purpose is to:
•Advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illness receive the services that they need and deserve, in a timely fashion.
•Educate consumers, their

Welcome to NAMI-CC (National Alliance on Mental Illness Contra Costa). We are a vibrant non-profit organization that is here to educate, support, and give hope to people who are impacted by mental illness. Our purpose is to:
•Advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illness receive the services that they need and deserve, in a timely fashion.
•Educate consumers, their

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November is National Native American Heritage MonthWhat started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of...
11/06/2021

November is National Native American Heritage Month

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

November is National Native American Heritage Month

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

NAMI CC Transitional Age Youth Panel Speaking on "Learning Through the Lived Experiences of a Diverse Group of Young Adu...
11/03/2021

NAMI CC Transitional Age Youth Panel Speaking on "Learning Through the Lived Experiences of a Diverse Group of Young Adults" at Reimagine Mental Health Conference

NOV. 4, 2021 12:30-1:30 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86199900463
Meeting ID: 861 9990 0463

NAMI Contra Costa warmly invites you to join our Executive Director Gigi R. Crowder, L.E. Gidared Crowder with the impactful Transitional Age Youth Team as they share their diverse lived experience in a speaker panel during Session Three of the Reimagine Mental Health Conference hosted by Putnum Clubhouse on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The TAY team, consisting of Ming Cheng (API Outreach), Naomi Gashaw (CalHope), Baylee Weschler (Social Justice Outreach), Mariela Acosta (LatinX Outreach) and Tristan Siebold (Ending the Silence) will be sharing thoughtful words through powerful testimony.

*Please contact Gigi R. Crowder, L.E. if you have any questions at 510-990-2670 or [email protected].

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86199900463
Meeting ID: 861 9990 0463

The Reimagine Mental Health Care Conference 2021 Program can be found here: https://www.putnamclubhouse.org/reimagine-conference-2021

#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

NAMI CC Transitional Age Youth Panel Speaking on "Learning Through the Lived Experiences of a Diverse Group of Young Adults" at Reimagine Mental Health Conference

NOV. 4, 2021 12:30-1:30 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86199900463
Meeting ID: 861 9990 0463

NAMI Contra Costa warmly invites you to join our Executive Director Gigi R. Crowder, L.E. Gidared Crowder with the impactful Transitional Age Youth Team as they share their diverse lived experience in a speaker panel during Session Three of the Reimagine Mental Health Conference hosted by Putnum Clubhouse on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The TAY team, consisting of Ming Cheng (API Outreach), Naomi Gashaw (CalHope), Baylee Weschler (Social Justice Outreach), Mariela Acosta (LatinX Outreach) and Tristan Siebold (Ending the Silence) will be sharing thoughtful words through powerful testimony.

*Please contact Gigi R. Crowder, L.E. if you have any questions at 510-990-2670 or [email protected].

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86199900463
Meeting ID: 861 9990 0463

The Reimagine Mental Health Care Conference 2021 Program can be found here: https://www.putnamclubhouse.org/reimagine-conference-2021

#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

Listening Session: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Services for StudentsIn partnership with NAMI CC, Discovery Couns...
11/01/2021

Listening Session: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Services for Students

In partnership with NAMI CC, Discovery Counseling Center, and supported by the future office of Racial Equity and Social Justice, hosted by Supervisor Andersen, District 2 and supported by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. We will be joined by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Lynn Mackey.

NOV. 15, 2021 7-9:00 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89703139168
Meeting ID: 897 0313 9168

All are welcome to Join this listening session to hear from our diverse community members regarding student mental health with a focus on solutions that will examine opportunities to create environments of belonging for ALL. We encourage attendance from students, parents, educators, mental health professionals, decision makers and other stakeholders.

*Please contact Gigi R. Crowder, L.E. Gidared Crowder if you have any questions at 510-990-2670 or [email protected].
Licensed Counselors will be available for support.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89703139168
Meeting ID: 897 0313 9168

#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

Listening Session: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Services for Students

In partnership with NAMI CC, Discovery Counseling Center, and supported by the future office of Racial Equity and Social Justice, hosted by Supervisor Andersen, District 2 and supported by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. We will be joined by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Lynn Mackey.

NOV. 15, 2021 7-9:00 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89703139168
Meeting ID: 897 0313 9168

All are welcome to Join this listening session to hear from our diverse community members regarding student mental health with a focus on solutions that will examine opportunities to create environments of belonging for ALL. We encourage attendance from students, parents, educators, mental health professionals, decision makers and other stakeholders.

*Please contact Gigi R. Crowder, L.E. Gidared Crowder if you have any questions at 510-990-2670 or [email protected].
Licensed Counselors will be available for support.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89703139168
Meeting ID: 897 0313 9168

#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

TONIGHT!!! NAMI CC October 2021 General MeetingMental Health Speaker SeriesFree and Open to the PublicGidared CrowderNEW...
10/21/2021

TONIGHT!!!

NAMI CC October 2021 General Meeting
Mental Health Speaker Series
Free and Open to the Public
Gidared Crowder
NEW LINK
To Join Zoom Meeting: Join the link below
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83166258546
Meeting ID: 831 6625 8546

In Acknowledgement of Hispanic Heritage Month: Sharing the Mental Health Knowledge and Wisdom of "La Cultura Cura" for Individuals and Families

Speaker: Jerry Tello, Author, Mental Health Practitioner, Co-founder of the National Compadres Network
THURSDAY, October 21, 2021: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

NEW LINK
To Join Zoom Meeting: Join the link below
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83166258546
Meeting ID: 831 6625 8546

On Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. NAMI Contra Costa virtually brings to you featured speaker, Jerry Tello. Mr. Tello will share important insights in working effectively with the LatinX community. Over the past 40 years, he has dedicated his efforts to "La Cultura Cura", an ideology that is based on a belief that all individuals and families have culturally-based knowledge and wisdom, which can prevent and heal the pain that children and families face, and can serve as the motivation for the development of honorable, responsible, and successful students and families. He has shared these teachings by speaking to over half a million people and training thousands of facilitators across the nation in trauma-informed, healing-centered curricula to address these issues. Tello is an internationally-recognized expert in the areas of transformational-learning, family strengthening, culturally-based child development, storytelling, racial equity, community trauma, restorative practices, healing, peace and mobilization.
Jerry Tello is co-founder of the National Compadres Network (established in 1988) and the present Director of the Training and Capacity Building. He served as a principal consultant for Scholastic Books on an International Bilingual Literacy curriculum, as well as the author a series of children's book including Trenzas Bonitas and the Barrio Bears, Amalia y sus Primeras Tortillas, and the biography of Cesar Chavez. He has also authored a series of motivational and self-care CD's as well as his recently released book “Recovering Your Sacredness”. He has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Latina and Lowrider magazines and has received many major awards.
The presentation will include a Question & Answer series. We hope that NAMI Contra Costa community members, families and friends will join us on this special evening.
*Time will be allowed for individuals to ask questions. Submit questions by October 20, 2021 to [email protected]. Gidared Crowder
#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

TONIGHT!!!

NAMI CC October 2021 General Meeting
Mental Health Speaker Series
Free and Open to the Public
Gidared Crowder
NEW LINK
To Join Zoom Meeting: Join the link below
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83166258546
Meeting ID: 831 6625 8546

In Acknowledgement of Hispanic Heritage Month: Sharing the Mental Health Knowledge and Wisdom of "La Cultura Cura" for Individuals and Families

Speaker: Jerry Tello, Author, Mental Health Practitioner, Co-founder of the National Compadres Network
THURSDAY, October 21, 2021: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

NEW LINK
To Join Zoom Meeting: Join the link below
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83166258546
Meeting ID: 831 6625 8546

On Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. NAMI Contra Costa virtually brings to you featured speaker, Jerry Tello. Mr. Tello will share important insights in working effectively with the LatinX community. Over the past 40 years, he has dedicated his efforts to "La Cultura Cura", an ideology that is based on a belief that all individuals and families have culturally-based knowledge and wisdom, which can prevent and heal the pain that children and families face, and can serve as the motivation for the development of honorable, responsible, and successful students and families. He has shared these teachings by speaking to over half a million people and training thousands of facilitators across the nation in trauma-informed, healing-centered curricula to address these issues. Tello is an internationally-recognized expert in the areas of transformational-learning, family strengthening, culturally-based child development, storytelling, racial equity, community trauma, restorative practices, healing, peace and mobilization.
Jerry Tello is co-founder of the National Compadres Network (established in 1988) and the present Director of the Training and Capacity Building. He served as a principal consultant for Scholastic Books on an International Bilingual Literacy curriculum, as well as the author a series of children's book including Trenzas Bonitas and the Barrio Bears, Amalia y sus Primeras Tortillas, and the biography of Cesar Chavez. He has also authored a series of motivational and self-care CD's as well as his recently released book “Recovering Your Sacredness”. He has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Latina and Lowrider magazines and has received many major awards.
The presentation will include a Question & Answer series. We hope that NAMI Contra Costa community members, families and friends will join us on this special evening.
*Time will be allowed for individuals to ask questions. Submit questions by October 20, 2021 to [email protected]. Gidared Crowder
#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

President of the Board’s Newsletter ColumnBy Don Green              In October we have Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oc...
10/15/2021

President of the Board’s Newsletter Column
By Don Green
In October we have Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct 3 through Oct 9. We celebrate the extra awareness of Mental Illness issues, but there is so much national and international tribulation that the chance “our” week is going to get a lot of attention right now isn’t great. And, yet, maybe we can celebrate that there is good news on so many fronts that maybe we would not want our issue to be at the forefront of peoples’ attention right now.
At every level, I see progress being made. I think it is true that for serious social issues, all real and good progress is incremental. Part of my mind (and, I know, others’) reacts to that in pain, anger and despair, because we see people suffering harm and we want it to stop immediately, and it won’t. It is hard to remember to look at the long history of progress when confronted with immediate tragedy.
Good legislation is proposed every year, some of which passes, some of which seems certain to pass but, then, doesn’t, and some of which never gets any traction at all. We’re still waiting and optimistic a out the final report on this year’s California legislative session.
I am happy to see progress on so many fronts. After a long time when little new was available in pharmacology scientific progress is now being made in new directions. Carefully administered and supervised administration of psychotropics is showing great potential for substantial, long-term improvement. Science really is making advances in understanding how, where and when the brain fails to function properly, depriving people of the opportunity to be the person they would and could be if brain impairmentgets out of the way. I just read of some amazing progress in using tiny electrical currents to help people break out of the long-term depression that becomes a vicious cycle. New research is confirming what has been very obvious to many people for a long time, that religious practices can bring important benefits for mental health (although we must acknowledge that many, especially in the LGBT community, have been deeply scarred by other religious practices).
Mental Health Awareness Week is a good time to apply mindfulness to what is around us, good and bad, impacting mental health. We have more to do, but we can continue because when we look back we can see that the moral arc of the universe is indeed bending in our favor.
#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

President of the Board’s Newsletter Column
By Don Green
In October we have Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct 3 through Oct 9. We celebrate the extra awareness of Mental Illness issues, but there is so much national and international tribulation that the chance “our” week is going to get a lot of attention right now isn’t great. And, yet, maybe we can celebrate that there is good news on so many fronts that maybe we would not want our issue to be at the forefront of peoples’ attention right now.
At every level, I see progress being made. I think it is true that for serious social issues, all real and good progress is incremental. Part of my mind (and, I know, others’) reacts to that in pain, anger and despair, because we see people suffering harm and we want it to stop immediately, and it won’t. It is hard to remember to look at the long history of progress when confronted with immediate tragedy.
Good legislation is proposed every year, some of which passes, some of which seems certain to pass but, then, doesn’t, and some of which never gets any traction at all. We’re still waiting and optimistic a out the final report on this year’s California legislative session.
I am happy to see progress on so many fronts. After a long time when little new was available in pharmacology scientific progress is now being made in new directions. Carefully administered and supervised administration of psychotropics is showing great potential for substantial, long-term improvement. Science really is making advances in understanding how, where and when the brain fails to function properly, depriving people of the opportunity to be the person they would and could be if brain impairmentgets out of the way. I just read of some amazing progress in using tiny electrical currents to help people break out of the long-term depression that becomes a vicious cycle. New research is confirming what has been very obvious to many people for a long time, that religious practices can bring important benefits for mental health (although we must acknowledge that many, especially in the LGBT community, have been deeply scarred by other religious practices).
Mental Health Awareness Week is a good time to apply mindfulness to what is around us, good and bad, impacting mental health. We have more to do, but we can continue because when we look back we can see that the moral arc of the universe is indeed bending in our favor.
#nami #namicc #namicontracosta #contracostacounty #mentalillness #mentalhealth #support #free #education #advocacy #multilingual

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I'd like to share a rather unusual, free, aces prevention resource...parenting tips bumper stickers. Advancing Parenting, a Camarillo CA nonprofit organization, produces parenting tips bumper stickers and makes them available at no cost to schools, organizations, agencies, clinics, businesses, and individuals. There are fifty-one in a set and each bumper sticker communicates a parenting behavior or practice generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Just one will be read thousands of times! Bumper stickers are a unique and powerful way to educate everyone about parenting. At stoplights drivers and passengers point, smile, and nod. Conversations start up and often a phone is used to take a pic of the sticker right at the stoplight. Presumably, they are being shared on social media. It's wonderful to see! Sets of the stickers can be put in holders and placed on counters and tables so folks can select one or more for their cars. Visit www.advancingparenting.org to order this free resource. Use a computer...our website is not optimized for phones. Please share.
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