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Welcome to NAMI
Northern Santa Barbara County

An Affiliate of NAMI National and NAMI California
P.O. Box 1601, Santa Maria, CA 93456-1601
(805) 268-1182 or (805) 441-3325 (español)
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A New State of Mind:
Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Woman entering clinic 4 at NIMH.

Narrated by award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close, this 57 minute video was funded by MHSA and created by KVIE-TV, Sacramento’s public television station.

Continuing Research:
New Views into the Brain

Technology is moving faster and faster all the time. Some new non-invasive scanning procedures show great promise.

Bipolar Documentary/
Educational Lecture

Blake LeVine giving lecture

Bipolar advocate and life coach Blake LeVine shares how he nearly died from bipolar disorder. He talks about his kidnapping, psychiatric hospitalizations, delusions and struggles. Blake then shares how he rebuilt his life and went on to help those with bipolar disorder. You may learn more about his work at
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Ask a Cop:
What To Do in a Crisis if Your Community Doesn't Have CIT

Woman and cop facing forward

Not all cities have police that have gone through crisis intervention training. Here's how to interact with officers if they haven't.

Sleep Can Reduce Anxiety in Worriers

Sleeping puppy.

New research shows that sleep disruption may aggravate symptoms of anxiety.

NAMI Northern Santa Barbara County (NAMI NSBC), located in Santa Maria, CA, is a self-supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Northern Santa Barbara County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It is a grassroots, self-help, volunteer support and advocacy organization of consumers, family members, and friends of persons afflicted with serious brain disorders (mental illnesses), such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

NAMI NSBC is affiliated with:


NAMI National

Founded in 1979, NAMI National has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. You can find reliable information and resources on mental illness on the NAMI National web site (en Español).


We Are Here To Help

You are not alone in this fight.

If you have a friend or family member that you are concerned about.
If you would like to learn more about diagnoses.
If you would like to know more about medications.
If you know someone who is sad or depressed.
If you know someone with large mood swings.
If you know someone who is very confused.

CALL 911:
If you know someone who is suicidal.

We are NOT a government agency. We offer information, educational classes, acceptance, and support. Of particular importance, we offer someone to talk to who can offer a sympathetic ear. We can help you find what you are seeking.

Mental Health First Aid

(Courtesy of the Government of Western Australia, Mental Health Commission)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches the same skills for mental illness as basic first aid uses for someone experiencing a physical health problem. This is the help you can give before professional treatment arrives.

MHFA improves mental health literacy and can help you to:

How to help someone going through a mental health crisis

During a mental health crisis a person may be:
General strategies you can use to help