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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:
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).
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.
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:
- recognize signs and symptoms in someone with a mental health problem
- respond to various mental health crisis situations
- engage with and support the person
- direct people to appropriate professional help
During a mental health crisis a person may be:
- feeling suicidal
- having anxiety attacks
- in an acute stress reaction
- out of touch with reality in a distressing psychotic state
- Introduce yourself and explain why you are present.
- Remain courteous and non threatening, but be honest and direct.
- Listen to the person in a non judgmental way.
- Avoid confrontation at all costs – be prepared to "agree to differ" with the person's perspective.
- Clarify and address what the person sees as the major issues first (not what you, the helper, see as the major concerns).
- Do not attempt to manhandle the person, except to prevent serious assault or suicide attempts.
- Encourage / assist person to receive professional mental health help.
- Finally, if the incident was traumatic for you, or you feel anxious or distressed, discuss these issues with a friend or a professional service.