Mental Illness

Here are some resources for people who are facing mental illness, as well as for their family members and caregivers.  Please contact me if you know of any additional helpful resources, so that I can add those to the list!

Support Groups and Education

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Offers support groups and education, both for the person combating mental illness as well as for their family and friends. NAMI has an excellent class for family members to gain greater understanding of their loved one’s mental illness and how to help.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) – Offers education, peer support, and resources for people who live with mood disorders.
  • Youth in Mind – Organization for youth who have mental illness to learn leadership skills, advocate for themselves in the mental health system, and train others.
  • 10×10 Wellness for Alameda County – Advocacy and educational events in Alameda County to help people learn more about mental health issues and wellness.

Christian Ministries in the Bay Area

  • Peace of Mind Ministry at Neighborhood Church, Castro Valley – Peer support group for adults “directly or indirectly impacted by mental health issues.”
  • H.E.L.P. Mental Health Support at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church – Fellowship and peer support for individuals with mental health issues as well as their family and friends.
  • Hope for Hurting Families and Friends at CrossWinds Church, Dublin – Peer support group for “anyone with a loved one affected by mental-health issues.”
  • Celebrate Recovery at various churches in the Bay Area – Fellowship and small group support for people seeking recovery from addictions, trauma, co-dependency, and other issues.
  • Mental Health Friendly Congregations, Coalition of African American churches who commit to reducing stigma around mental health issues and improving outcomes for individuals with mental illness.

Other Resources for Caregivers and Families of Individuals with Mental Illness

  • Codependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 12 step recovery group to bring serenity and recovery to people whose lives have been impacted by someone else’s out-of-control behavior