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SUPPORT OPTIONS 
FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  NAMI programs should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and will not, assume
the role of a physician or therapist. NAMI cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others.

| Self-Help | Wellness Center | Support Options for UC Davis Students |
Patient's Rights Advocate | Consumer LiaisonAdvance Directive
 

RESOURCES / TIPS

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YOLO COUNTY SELF HELP

  • NAMI Connection
    NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness that is expanding in communities throughout the country. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

    Meetings are on Wednesdays, 3:30pm in Davis beginning February 26, 2014.  Click here for DETAILS
     

  • The Friendship Line:  1-800.971.0016
    Free telephone counseling, support, reassurance, crisis intervention, mediction reminders, well being checks and information available 24 hour, sponsored by the Institute on Aging and the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health

    Call-in Service:  Confidential telephone discussions for people:
    -  Over age 60  who may be lonely, isolated, grieving, depressed, anxious or suicidal.
    -  Caregivers
    -  Younger, disabled adults.

    Call-out Service:  Friendship Line Staff or Trained Volunteers will make phone calls to older adults for emotional support.  These calls can be arranged by contacting Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
      - Institute on Aging Connect:  415-750-4111
      - Yolo County Mental Health Services Act: 530.666.8712

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  • Recovery International Self-Help  
    Weekly self-help meetings for adults 18 years and older with anxiety, depression or other psychiatric disorders is based on programs developed by Dr. Abraham Low.

    In partnership with Depression Recovery Groups, Recovery International now offers The Power to Change Program with  live, online support group meetings and telephone support. 
    • When:  Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
    • Where:  Woodland Memorial Hospital,1325 Cottonwood Woodland,
    • Contact: Ruthie (530) 662-3352
    • Website:  www.lowselfhelpsystems.org/

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  • YOLO COUNTY WELLNESS CENTER
    Bauer Building,137 North Cottonwood, Suite 1530m Woodland
    People with mental illness can often benefit from supplemental services besides medical treatment. In Yolo County, the Wellness Center in Woodland can be a gateway into those services.
    Any person with mental illness who has Medi-Cal insurance is welcome to drop in and participate in activities.

    These programs can provide referral to a benefit specialist to help people without health insurance and little or no income get benefits to help them get needed treatment.

    The Wellness Center has active programs 5 days a week and includes  groups such as career/education, job readiness, life skills, healthy relationships, relaxation . . . as well as time for arts and crafts, sports, games, etc.  Additionally a variety of activities and groups are offered such as dual diagnosis, physical wellness, social skills, temper tamers, creative writing, cooking, movies, etc.

    For information about the Wellness Center call Yolo County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health at the Woodland Clinic 530-666-8630

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SACRAMENTO SELF-HELP / Support

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Support Meeting (OCD)
    • When:  every Monday of each month
    • Where: Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
    • Contact:  Jim (916) 223-6541 or Steve (916) 456-1996
       
  • Sacramento Asperger Syndrome Information & Support (M.I.N.D. Institute)
    • When: 2nd Tuesday of each month
    • Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Where: UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, Calif.
      Information: Lynne Weissmann, LWeissmann@aol.com.
  • Schizophrenics Anonymous Support Meeting
    • When: Saturday from10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Where: St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street, Sacramento (Please enter the church through the side door).
    • Contact: Glenn or Richard at (916) 441-0874 for further information.
       
  • Bipolar Disorder Support Meeting (website)
    Consumer/family/friend can attend together or separate; free-will donation.
    • When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
    • Contact: Andrea Hillerman at andrea@mhasc.org or Phone: 916.875.471
    • Contact: Marilyn Hillerman at marilynhillerman@yahoo.com or Phone: ( 916.875.5644
       
  • DBSA "Balanced" Support Meeting
    Practical tools to improve life; consumer/family/friend can attend together or separate; $5 donation (waive?); call ahead to pre-approve 14-17-year-old consumer attendance.
    • When: Every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    • Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500-27th Street, Sacto
    • Contact: Joe Long 916.834.0004
       
  • Recovery International, Self-Help Mental Health Meetings
     
    Weekly self-help meetings for adults 18 years and older with anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders is based on programs developed by Dr. Abraham Low.

    Phone: (916) 483-5616 for meeting dates and locations.

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PATIENT'S RIGHTS ADVOCATE
Patients' Rights Advocates are  staff members who function within the Yolo County mental health system who are required by California law to represent a mental health client's rights and interests.  Advocates do not determine what is in the client's "best interests." but will discuss available options with the client and will assist the client in making an informed choice.  Advocates help with:

  • Complaint Resolution

  • Information and Referral

  • Representation and assistance at Certification Hearings

  • Explanation and notification of Patients' Rights

Phone: 1-877-965 6772

See also, the booklet Rights for Individuals in Mental Health Facilities

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ADVANCE DIRECTIVE
An Advance Health Care Directive (Advance Directive) is a written document that describes a patient's directions and preferences for treatment and care during times when they are having difficulty communicating and making decisions. Yolo County has a brochure about advance directives which could be of use to Mental Health Clients.
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