National Alliance on Mental Illness
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      Our educational meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every other month at 7:30 PM, except when it conflicts with major holidays.   Enter through the Stannage door and join us in the multipurpose room at the end of the hallway.   There is always a brief business meeting prior to the presentation.   Light refreshments will be served.  Attendees are invited to visit our office upstairs where there are 1-pamphlets and brochures to take, 2-books, videos and DVDs to check out and 3-NARSAD cards to buy.  Meeting is free.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

     Minds on the Edge is an hour-long PBS panel discussion that comprehesively addresses all facets of mental illness in our society.  Distinguished panelists include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, neurologist Eric Kandel, psychologist-consumer Fred Frese, author Pete Earley and Professor Elyn Saks.  The moderated discussion entails perspectives from all professional and personal areas.  Join us for a provocative video and an opportunity for discussion afterwards.  Popcorn and light refreshmennts will be available.




Dr.  Robert Dolgoff in conversation with NAMI EastBay President

(This video presentation, shown on July 27, 2011, is available for viewing on

         Dr. Robert Dolgoff is the Medical Director of Alta Bates Sutter Medical Center Mental Health Services (aka Herrick Psychiatric Department).  He has been in this position for some time and is a highly respected and experienced psychiatrist in the local mental health community.  As part of an ongoing educational video series produced at Herrick, the opportunity recently arose for Liz Rebensdorf, President of NAMI EastBay, to sit down with Dr. Dolgoff and talk about mental illness.  What resulted is an informative  and generally comprehensive Mental Illness 101 overview  - with the addition of Liz's questions posed to Dr. Dolgoff on behalf of family concerns raised in support groups, phone calls and Family to Family classes.

Thanks to Cynthia Kane-Hyman, producer, and Barry Swank, cinematographer, for putting this together at Herrick.



         Note: Since 1994, Tom Thomas has been taking excellent notes on the presentations, which have been published in our newsletter. The last 18 years of notes on speaker presentations covering a wide variety of topics can be accessed via - go to "Speaker Notes for NAMI-East Bay".