San Fernando Valley Alliance on Mental Illness


We are glad you have found us. If you or your loved one suffers from a major mental illness, we can help.

NAMI-SFV ( National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Fernando Valley ) mission is to provide FREE education, support and advocacy to anyone impacted by mental illness in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
We understand that coping with mental illness can be overwhelming.
We know. We’ve been there. We can help!

For many of us, finding NAMI-SFV was the beginning of hope and recovery. NAMI-SFV provides hope and help through education, support and advocacy.
Want to help? Check out volunteer opportunities.



*Suicide Prevention Week (September 7-13, 2014)

*World Mental Health Awareness Week (October 5-11, 2014)

*Lecture Series: How to Survive & Thrive with a Mentally Ill Relative Presented by: Michael DiPaolo, Ph.D. September 9-October 21, 2014 on Tuesday evenings. Pacific ClinicsTraining Institute, 2471 East Walnut Street, Pasadena CA 91107. Check-in begins at 6:30p.m. Lecture is from 7p.m.-9p.m.


Election of the 2015-2016 NAMI SFV Board of Directors will take place at the annual meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:30 - 7:00 PM, to be held at 14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys. Nominations of new members to the Board will be accepted before then, via email or other reasonable communication and in that meeting as well.

The Board of Directors consists of 14 members who serve a 2 year term. Officers for 2015-2016 (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) will be selected by the new Board of Directors following the election. Any NAMI SFV member whose membership is current may make a nomination of members to the Board. The persons nominated must also be members in good standing and must agree to serve if elected, and follow the guidelines as set forth in the by-laws.

An official ballot with nominees will be sent out to our membership no later than 10 days prior to the election, the secretary will have those votes tabulated by the meeting along with other above mentioned votes to reach a final result.

This notice is published in accordance with the NAMI SFV bylaws.

Click here for a list of support groups and classes in
San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

NAMI SFV offers FREE classes throughout the year. All classes require pre-registration.
Contact us
now to learn more

NAMI SFV provides important information on how to help your loved one during a mental health crisis, and how to help during recovery and long term care.

NAMI SFV provides help for family members, caregivers, friends and for those living with mental illness. On this web site, you will find schedules of informative free classes, support groups, expert speaker meetings and other helpful information. You can also join us as a member, donate to support the important work we do, make a memorial or tribute donation in the name of a loved one, or get involved as a volunteer.

You will also find ways to speak out and speak up. NAMI San Fernando Valley advocates for mental health services. We work tirelessly to eliminate stigma of mental illness. We invite you to answer the call to action, take part in advocacy activities and to contribute your comments to our RATINGS and blog pages.

NAMI SFV Advocates for Mental Health Housing Access.
See current issues... including online survey.


Mental illness is an illness like any other.
There is no cure
There are effective medications and treatments
There is hope for full recovery.



It's time to take action for individuals and families living with mental illness. One in four adults or roughly 60 million Americans live with mental illness in their lives. It's time to provide support, educate our peers, and end the stigma of living with a mental illness.

If you have trouble watching video click on link to view:


Former Congressman of Rhode Island for 16 years, Patrick Kennedy
discusses the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness with
Piers Morgan on CNN


NAMI SFV Wisdom Legacy book on living with Mental Illness
Available Now! Learn more about Wisdom Legacy.


Each year, NAMI San Fernando Valley takes part in NAMI WALKS For the Mind of America, a 5K fundraising and stigma-busting walk in Santa Monica with a breathtaking ocean view, and an ever-growing community of support.

NAMI WALKS - a beautiful walk every year! We start walking on the Promenade and stroll along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful setting and a gentle, but very visible reminder that we walk to end stigma, support one another, and work to improve the lives of individuals and families living with severe mental illness.

In addition to raising awareness to help end the mental illness stigma this event raises the funds that enable us to provide free education and support groups to families of those living with a chronic mental illness as well as those who themselves are living with such illnesses. "We plan to continue to grow and help more families. All of you made our success possible. Thank you for your support. " Tina Howard, NAMI SFV Walk Manager.

Thank you to all who support NAMI WALKS


Beth Arnold, center, at NAMI WALKS 2011

NAMI WALKS a fun, meaningful way to make a difference.

"Change Minds One Step At a Time"


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San Fernando Valley Alliance on Mental Illness    |    Website:
Mailing Address: AMI, 14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys, CA 91405
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