Help, Information, Resources, Publications
Help, Resources, Information, and Publications Portal
If you or a loved one is dealing with serious mental illness, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the resources we link-to on this page. What follows is an annotated contents list for the the various sub-pages of this section.
Click on the links in each section to access the relevant pages.
Please note, this navigation page is frequently updated as we assemble more and better resources.
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- Armenian Resources links to culturally sensitive resources and professionals from whom Armenians may get services for mental illnesses and mental health in their non-English primary language (western or eastern dialect, Farsi, Russian, and others).
- Hot Lines: lists telephone access numbers for live help, including suicide prevention lines, crisis lines, and mental health emergency lines. Review this page before an emergency and print out a copy that you can access easily in the event of a crisis or emergency.
- Dealing with 911: and Guidelines for Effective Communication with 911 Dispatch: If you do not need the police at this time, use a crisis hot line, not 911! In a serious mental health emergency it may become necessary to call 911. Will you be prepared? Get the most help and the safest response for you and your loved one by learning: how to be prepared for calling 911; what to say to the emergency operator; and how to best interact with emergency responders such as sheriffs, police, firemen, EMTs, field social workers, and crisis intervention teams.
- Dealing with Arrest: My Family Member Has Been Arrested – What Do I Do? is a step-by-step guide to help families cope with the criminal justice system in Los Angeles County when a family member who suffers from a brain disorder (mental illness) is arrested. (This article from NAMI Los Angeles’s Criminal Justice Committee is so good it is even featured on the LA County Jail website.) This page also has a number of links to informative articles and useful resources dealing with different aspects of incarceration and people with mental illnesses. Also, see Criminal Justice Resources
- Dealing with the Law: This page is divided into three sections: Legal Assistance, Referrals, and Resources; Criminal Courts: Resources and Diversion Programs; and Mental Health Court of Los Angeles County. Whether the issue is involuntary commitment or criminal charges, here is where you will find resources that will help you to get your bearings in navigating the intricacies of our legal system as it pertains to people with mental illnesses.
- Laura’s Law: This is the name of the California legislation that authorizes Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) in this state for those with serious mental illnesses that are too ill to get help on their own and who are being frequently hospitalized or jailed.
- General Help: a potpourri of tools for when you or your loved one has a mental illness.
- Resources for Daily Living: Housing, food, and other resources for the disabled
- Respite and Self-Care for Caregivers: Information about self-care and respite services which are essential for the caregivers of individuals with a serious mental illness.
- About Mental Illnesses: Learn more about specific illnesses and the treatment and services that assist individuals in recovery.
- Addiction and Dual Diagnosis
- Mental Health Parity: Fair insurance coverage is the law. This link takes you to the APA page on Mental Health Parity. The page includes a downloadable poster which clearly and simply explains the law and the steps to take when a violation is suspected. For the excellent Parity Track website (presented by The Kennedy Forum + Scattergood Foundation) click here.
- Nearby NAMI Affiliates: Checkout what other local NAMI affiliates, the NAMI LA County Council, and NAMI California have to offer using these links.
- Missing Persons: This page is dedicated to all persons with mental illness who have not found their way home.
- Special Education: Schools are required to take into account and accommodate a child when mental illness interferes with education.
- More Good Stuff:
- LPS Conservatorship: An LPS Conservatorship is the legal term used in California which gives one adult (conservator) the responsibility for overseeing the comprehensive medical (mental) treatment for an adult (conservatee) who has a serious mental illness.
- Sylvia Gil’s Book List: Nearly 50 recommended helpful and educational books.
- Our Lived Experience: a sometimes quarterly publication of NAMIGlendale written by and for those who have or whose loved one has a mental illness.
- GamiGram Archive: contains the back numbers of our first and now discontinued affiliate newsletter.