Welcome to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
East Bay, California, Affiliate
NAMI East Bay is a nonprofit, self-help advocacy and support group of family members, clients and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, dedicated to the eradication of those mental illnesses and to the improvement of quality of life for those affected by these diseases.
Severe mental illnesses include the brain disorders such as
schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder,
bipolar disorder (formerly manic depressive disorder),
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),
Tourette Syndrome and anxiety disorders.
Our office is located at the Albany Methodist Church
980 Stannage Avenue, Albany
As of Aug 2010, we are now on Facebook so check us out.
Note: The office is staffed by volunteers and thus is not open on a regular basis.
If you want to come in to talk or check out our library of books and videos, please call first so a time can be arranged.
NAMI East Bay offers the following support meetings:
Support and Share Group for Families of Adults is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The next meetings are
Jan 14, Feb 11, March 11, 2015
Support and Share Group for Families of Children, Adolescents and Young Adults* is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Next meetings are
Dec 16, 2014; Jan 20, Feb 17, March 17, 2015
*Note: Our Tuesday meetings will now include the families of young adults in their twenties. Oftentimes this is the time of an individual's first break and the issues for their families are different in many respects from those of families whose relatives have been ill for a very long time.
Support meetings are free to members and non-members. These meetings offer a chance to talk with others who understand and can give emotional support plus share ways they have found to cope. Come in through side gate, go through multi-purpose room, come through door and go upstairs.
There is comfort in knowing you are not alone.
All meetings are held at Albany United Methodist Church, located at 980 Stannage Avenue (corner of Marin and Stannage in Albany). Meetings run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enter the Stannage door and come upstairs.
Call (510) 524-1250 for more information.
Note on using this website: We want this website to be user-friendly, so feel free to give us feedback. You might want to explore our "umbrella" website at nami.org for information on all the mental illnesses, national legislation and updates, plus there is an extensive discussion group list; it's a tremendously rich site. On this website, we want to particularly point out two highly informative links you might appreciate: At the Programs page, thirteen years of notes on our speaker meetings are available as a link, as written by Tom Thomas. Under Resources, the Medications link may be helpful and we will be updating that as soon as possible.