San Fernando Valley Alliance on Mental Illness


We are glad you have found us. If you or your loved one suffers from a major mental illness, we can help.

NAMI-SFV ( National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Fernando Valley ) mission is to provide FREE education, support and advocacy to anyone impacted by mental illness in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
We understand that coping with mental illness can be overwhelming.
We know. We’ve been there. We can help!

For many of us, finding NAMI-SFV was the beginning of hope and recovery. NAMI-SFV provides hope and help through education, support and advocacy. ( scroll down to see Hillary's NEW VIDEO! )
Want to help? Check out volunteer opportunities.

Click here for a list of support groups in
San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

NAMI SFV offers FREE 12 week Family to Family and Familia a Familia (in Spanish) classes throughout the year.
All classes require pre-registration.
Contact us
now to learn more

  • FAMILY TO FAMILY - Starts January 14, 2014
    FREE 12 consecutive Tuesday evenings in Panorama City, CA (near Roscoe Blvd & the 405 Freeway)
  • FAMILY TO FAMILY - Starts January 23, 2014
    FREE 12 consecutive Thursday evenings in West Hills, CA (near Sherman Way and Shoup Ave )
  • FAMILY TO FAMILY - Starts January 15th
    FREE 12 consecutive weeks FAMILY TO FAMILY
    at Real Life Church in Valencia (near McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch )
  • Famila a Familia ( en Espanol ) – Pacoima
    GRATIS 12 semanas.
    Se requiere registración para participar en la clase.
    Para más información llamar: (818) 994-6747
  • Peer to Peer Sign up for next class- Starts March 11, 2014 in Santa Clarita Valley, CA
  • Basics (en Espanol) Sign up for next class-Start date and location to be announced

If interested in enrolling in any class, please call 818-994-6747


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NAMI SFV provides important information on how to help your loved one during a mental health crisis, and how to help during recovery and long term care.

NAMI SFV provides help for family members, caregivers, friends and for those living with mental illness. On this web site, you will find schedules of informative free classes, support groups, expert speaker meetings and other helpful information. You can also join us as a member, donate to support the important work we do, make a memorial or tribute donation in the name of a loved one, or get involved as a volunteer.

You will also find ways to speak out and speak up. NAMI San Fernando Valley advocates for mental health services. We work tirelessly to eliminate stigma of mental illness. We invite you to answer the call to action, take part in advocacy activities and to contribute your comments to our RATINGS and blog pages.

NAMI SFV Advocates for Mental Health Housing Access.
See current issues... including online survey.


Mental illness is an illness like any other.
There is no cure
There are effective medications and treatments
There is hope for full recovery.



It's time to take action for individuals and families living with mental illness. One in four adults or roughly 60 million Americans live with mental illness in their lives. It's time to provide support, educate our peers, and end the stigma of living with a mental illness.

If you have trouble watching video click on link to view:


Former Congressman of Rhode Island for 16 years, Patrick Kennedy addresses his own mental illness and talks about NAMI. At the end of video, it shows NAMI WALKS Massachusetts, but remember our NAMI WALKS LA is October 6, 2012, Join us!

If you have trouble watching video click on link to view:


Former Congressman of Rhode Island for 16 years, Patrick Kennedy
discusses the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness with
Piers Morgan on CNN

NAMI SFV Wisdom Legacy book on living with Mental Illness
Available Now! Learn more about Wisdom Legacy.


“Our Stories, Things We Know Now We Wish We Knew Before” book tells stories of families and individuals impacted by Mental Illness.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) San Fernando Valley has partnered with Wisdom Legacy to create a book about living with mental illness. Family members and individuals living with mental illness contribute deeply personal stories to an online forum created by Wisdom Legacy with the goal of capturing and publishing one million stories.

Nearly 50 NAMI members took part in the project, sharing the wisdom and insight of their experiences. "Our Stories, Things We Know Now We Wish We Knew Before" is a soft-bound book, 182 pages, with stories of the trials and triumphs of living with severe Mental Illness, recovery and treatment tips, and a glossary of mental health terms. The book is available for sale at $9.95 online and at NAMI SFV Expert Speaker Meetings . The book will also be provided to community organizations that will benefit from a deeper understanding of living with mental illness. For more information Contact us 818-994-6747



If you are currently enrolled in our Ralphs Community Contribution Program ... remember to re-register each year in September. All participants are required to register or re-register for the new term at (our NAMI SFV code is #92030) or by using the scanbar letter at the register. If you received a scanbar letter last year, it is still good and can be used this year. If you need a scanbar letter mailed to you or if you have any questions, simply contact us by email or by phone 818-994-6747


On October 5, 2013 thousands participated in the 10th anniversary of NAMI Walks in Santa Monica. It was an opportunity to get to know others living with mental illness in our community while making important progress towards stamping out stigma! It was also a resounding fundraising success. Thanks to our members and our community, NAMI SFV raised more than ever before to fund all NAMI SFV programs and services; FREE educational programs, support groups and advocacy efforts to protect the rights of people living with mental illness, and to fight stigma.
Thank you to all who participated!


Each year, NAMI San Fernando Valley takes part in NAMI WALKS For the Mind of America, a 5K fundraising and stigma-busting walk in Santa Monica with a breathtaking ocean view, and an ever-growing community of support.


Hillary: Her Story

Take a moment to view Hillary's video and log on to support her walk effort.


If you have trouble watching video click on link to view:

Thank you to all who supported NAMI WALKS


NAMI WALKS - a beautiful walk every year! We start walking on the Promenade and stroll along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful setting and a gentle, but very visible reminder that we walk to end stigma, support one another, and work to improve the lives of individuals and families living with severe mental illness.

In addition to raising awareness to help end the mental illness stigma this event raises the funds that enable us to provide free education and support groups to families of those living with a chronic mental illness as well as those who themselves are living with such illnesses.

"We plan to continue to grow and help more families. All of you made our success possible. Thank you for your support. "
Tina Howard, NAMI SFV Walk Manager.

Beth Arnold, center, at NAMI WALKS 2011

NAMI WALKS a fun, meaningful way to make a difference.

"Change Minds One Step At a Time"


"Once again, the country is reeling from a senseless act of mass violence. Families and friends are grieving the loss of 12 innocent lives. Although information about the tragedy is still emerging... (click here to read more)

The Navy Yard Tragedy: Mental Health Concerns

Michael J. Fitzpatrick,
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness


The Connecticut Tragedy and Mental Health Care

Michael J. Fitzpatrick,
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness


"NAMI is a valuable resource for parents searching for help in a labyrinthine and bewildering mental health care system".

Article: A lifeline for parents concerned about a child's mental health

written by: Steve Lopez

Stigma may well have contributed to the tragic shootings in Arizona in January 2011, according to this article that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. . and this article that appeared in The Atlantic.



It could happen anywhere, it could happen again
HELP NAMI SFV fight the stigma that makes it so difficult for those who need help to reach out for timely treatment and diagnosis

The Arizona Tragedy and Mental Health Care

Michael J. Fitzpatrick,
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Tragedy In Arizona: Ask The Right Questions

Mark Gale, NAMI California

Understanding Family Tragedy in Arizona

Suzanne Schmidtke, NAMI-SFV

Solace for Family


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