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SUPPORT OPTIONS FOR UCD STUDENTS

NAMI-Yolo does not necessarily endorse the organizations and groups listed below. This information is offered as a convenience for the local mental health community.  Because "things change," please confirm the date and time of support group meetings before attending.

UCD STUDENTS

  • CAPS COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (open 24/7)
    Phone:  530.752.0871

Support Groups.  Offers support groups with various themes but NOT one specifically for those with mental illness although it was being considered at one time.  Consider contacting CAPS to request such a group to show UCD that interest exists.

Individual counseling. Students with urgent needs can drop in or call the number above. Otherwise, students can call and set up an appointment to talk with staff and see if individual counseling would be a good fit. Info online.

  • The House: peer counseling program
    Phone:  530.752.2790
    Students can drop-in or call for phone counseling Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm. Student may be referred to CAPS if his/her needs are outside scope of peer counselors' training.

  • UC Davis Disability Center
    Phone:  (530) 752-3184
    Coordinates services for students with disabilities including psychological disabilities
    UCD Resource Guide for Students with Psychological Disabilities
     
  • Active Minds  for Mental Health Advocacy

  • Contact Jason Shue 707.225.7033 (listed January 2011)
    UCD Student organization established 2010, Active Minds is not a support group, but an advocacy group. However, part of the aim of the chapter is challenging the campus to provide a support group for students living with mental illness.
     
  • Cowell Health Center - general medical
    Phone:  530.752.2300

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NAMI ON CAMPUS
NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students living with mental health conditions and to empower them to take action on their campuses. This site also includes materials to help colleges in improving the academic and social experience of their students by addressing the mental health needs of all students.

Includes tips on managing mental illness on campus:

DEPRESSION and BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE (DBSA):  Sacramento
Local chapter of a national nonprofit offers two drop-in meetings open to consumers, adult family and friends -- who can attend together or individually. FREE or free-will donation of about $5. www.dbsalliance.org

  1. DBSA Support Meeting: Large group of ~30 people

    WHEN: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
    WHERE: Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento
    Contact: Marilyn Hillerman 916.684.1358 (hear recording on DBSA)
    email:  marilynhillerman@yahoo.com
    Contact: Andrea Hillerman 916.366.4601
    email:  andrea@mhasc.org

     
  2. DBSA "Balanced" Support Meeting
    Smaller group of ~12 people. Practical tools to improve life.

    WHEN:  Every Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500- 27th Street, Sacramento

    CONTACT: Joe Long 916.834.0004
    Call ahead for pre-approval of a 14-17-year-old teen consumer's attendance.


OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) Support Group

FOR: People coping with their own or a family member's obsessive-compulsive illness.
WHEN
every Monday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sutter Center for Psychiatry (see map) 7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
CONTACT: Jim: (916) 223-6541 Steve: (916) 456-8239

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RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL in Woodland
Drop-in self-help meetings in Woodland and Sacramento. Open to members or consumers 18 or older. Anxiety and other conditions.

FOR: People diagnosed with mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, and personality disorders, as well as people who have not been diagnosed, but who are having difficulty dealing with the problems of everyday life.
WHEN:  Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Woodland Memorial Hospital (room on the left at back of cafeteria)
CONTACT: Ruthie Lee 530.662.3352

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NAMI CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP:  NAMI-Sacramento
FREE weekly drop-in recovery support group for people living with mental illness, facilitated by trained peers with mental illness. The group is confidential and offers a casual relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping. People from Yolo County are welcome to attend. NAMI-Yolo is in the process of reestablishing a Connection Support Group in Yolo County.

WHEN Every Sunday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
CONTACT
: 916.364.1642

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OTHER SUPPORTS

  • STRENGTH OF US
    NAMI-sponsored online social network for ages 18-25 years
     
  • MEETUP.COM GROUPS
    You may find other informal groups that keep their own schedules at www.meetup.com. Search for a diagnosis to find a group of people that share your interests.
     
  • NAMI NATIONAL INFORMATION HELPLINE
    Phone:  800-950-6264
    When:  7am to 3pm Mon-Fri
     
  • PEER TO PEER: Recovery Education Course for People with MentaI Illness
    FREE course led by a NAMI-Yolo team of trained mentors, who themselves have a mental illness and are now able to teach coping strategies to others. The program's philosophy embraces individual empowerment and family / peer support. Information taught includes: developing a personal relapse prevention plan, the biological basis of mental illness, personal and interpersonal awareness, coping skills, information on addictions, basic self-care, and enhancement of personal activity and functioning. Practical wisdom features topics as diverse as the care and feeding of your psychiatrist and how to get a good night's sleep.

    When:  10-week session begins early in 2013. Spring and Fall..Meets mid-afternoon once each week for two hours.
    Where: Downtown Woodland.

    Pre-registration required. Waiting list is forming now. Call 530.756.8181 and leave your name and contact number, or send email to friends@namiyolo.org

  • HEALTH EDUCATION CLASSES/SUPPORT

Kaiser Permanente
Offers Anxiety and Depression but you have to search for city/location. You must be a Kaiser member to access class/support information.
Phone: 800-464-4000

Other possibilities are