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Join Team NAMI for 2023 L.A. Marathon & Charity Half Marathon!

NAMI Greater L.A.County is proud to return as a charity partner of the 2023 Los Angeles Marathon + Charity Half Marathon taking place on March 19th, 2023 and you can be a part of it! As a member of Team NAMI, you have the choice of running or walking the L.A. Marathon 26.2 or the exclusive Charity Half Marathon - only available to those who participate on behalf of a charity - all while providing help + hope to those impacted by mental illness. When you run or walk with TEAM NAMI, you let people know it's ok to talk about mental health, and that NAMI is here for everyone who needs us.

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Save the Date for NAMIWalks Greater Los Angeles County 2023

Every year NAMIWalks Greater Los Angeles County makes a powerful statement to our community as we advance on our goal of Mental Health for All.

The 2023 NAMIWalks Greater Los Angeles County will be our first ever Mental Health Fest and Walk.

During this year’s Mental Health Fest you will connect with other Walkers and non-profits, visit the KidZone, find resources, get a massage, learn to meditate, do Chi Gong, enjoy the beautiful park, and so much more thanks to our sponsors and community partners. And of course, enjoy the WALK with your friends and family.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 29 in a new location, Los Angeles Historic State Park, which is located near downtown LA. Everyone there will share camaraderie and community.

Our 2023 walk promises to be the most inspirational one yet.

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Amanda’s Story

I have struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder for most of my life, and one of my compulsions is rooted in my fear of causing a fire in my home. When I was younger, an old candle in my family's downstairs bathroom was left on all night and set a curtain on fire. I walked in as my grandma tried snuffing it out with a towel. Despite my grandma's efforts, I could tell the fire was growing by the second. I ran to fill up the largest cup I could get my hands on. As I threw the water towards the fire, I heard my grandma cry out for me not to do it. But it was too late.

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“You Are Not Alone” Now Available

NAMI's first book, You Are Not Alone, written by CMO Ken Duckworth, psychiatrist and peer, is a comprehensive guide to navigating mental health that centers on the poignant lived experiences of over 125 individuals from across the country whose first-person stories illustrate the diversity of mental health journeys.

This is the essential resource for individuals and families seeking expert guidance on diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, featuring inspiring, true stories from real people in their own words. 

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*All proceeds from the book benefit NAMI

9-8-8 is here!

Beginning July 16, 2022, 988 is the new three-digit dialing code connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

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Has participating in NAMI's programs or classes changed your family's life? Telling personal stories of recovery can be one of the most effective ways to diminish stigma and help individuals and families who are facing challenges related to mental illness. It can also be personally empowering and therapeutic for the storyteller. Share your story and a photo, and we may feature it and share it with our members. Please also let us know if you have any feedback on mental health services in LA County.

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Merger Brings Stronger Voice With the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC) has officially formed a merger between six chapters in Los Angeles County, and is part of a greater effort to promote advocacy and grants to implement free mental health programs in the county.

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NAMI Long Beach joins NAMI Greater L.A. County

NAMI Greater L.A. County is working to ensure all programs and services continue without interruption to the Long Beach community and surrounding areas.

Under this new structure, NAMI long Beach’s support groups will continue at the same times, under the same leadership. To join peer and family support groups, click here.

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Los Angeles – TWLOHA


ACCESS Mobile Response Team
(800) 854-7771
Provides 24-hour mobile response for people experiencing a mental health crisis, including on-site mental health and psychiatric evaluations


Crisis Text Line
Text TWLOHA to 741-741
A trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly.

National Hopeline Network

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 (800) 273-8255

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
24-hour Chat:
24-hour Chat (Español):

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ)

Treatment Referral Hotline
(Substance Abuse)


Local Treatment Resources

To obtain more local mental health referrals in Los Angeles, dial 211 or visit

Georgina Smith, PhD
5757 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 635
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 729-7711

Cauley & Associates**
6210 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 931-6025

Grace Counseling Group**
4132 Katella Ave, Ste 104
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(310) 525-8971

Child and Family Center*
21545 Centre Pointe Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(661) 259-9439

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health*
4760 S Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 390-6612

Peninsula Center for Children and Families*
655 Deep Valley Drive #220
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
(619) 517-5055

Westside DBT*
WestsideDBT. com
11340 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA 90272
(310) 772-8118

* Clinics or counselors that offer low-to-no cost counseling services or a sliding scale fee

** Counseling groups that may have counselors who offer reduced fees

Support Groups

There are support groups that exist for a variety of struggles in addition to these listed here.

Alcoholics Anonymous
(323) 936-4343

Narcotics Anonymous

Al-Anon Family Groups
(818) 760-7122

National Alliance for Mental Illness
Offers support groups and resources for individuals struggling with mental health
(310) 889-7200

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
If you’ve lost a loved one to suicide, AFSP can help connect you to a local bereavement support group in your area.

In The Rooms
Free worldwide directory of anonymous 12-step meetings for those seeking help or in recovery, as well as friends and family of people in recovery.

Depression Recovery Groups
Provides convenient and confidential video conference-based meetings to help with Behavioral Health and other issues. In these meetings you can talk with others using your computer, tablet or smartphone – you decide if you want to turn on your webcam. Get ideas, test out methods or use your group to assist you in a way that is the most useful to you. Each meeting is led by a specially trained facilitator who has experience like your own.
711 E. Walnut St, suite 206,
Pasadena, CA 91101
(818) 292-8551

If you need the help of a psychologist in the USA: what you need to know

Why do we need psychotherapists and psychologists? What you need to know if you need the help of a psychologist in the USA. Qualification of doctors, prices and general questions. We analyze in this article.

Psychology is being popularized as much as possible in the USA. If somewhere depression is seen as failure and weakness, then in America psychologists work great with it. Therefore, turning to a psychologist in the United States does not mean admitting that you are sick. nine0009

It is customary in America to address a psychologist with any "sneeze". The child at school does not show interest in the subject - he is sent to the school counselor. The couple cannot make any decision - they go to family therapy.

In 2020, the number of visits to psychologists in the United States increased by 20%. For the year, more than $ 230 billion has already been spent on the treatment of depression in America. By the way, in Russia, about $290 billion is spent on the entire Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund. The number of complaints of depression in America is steadily increasing year by year. And the problem of depression is becoming “younger” – because more and more often teenagers turn to psychologists. nine0009

Specialist level

The profession of psychologist is very in demand in the American labor market, but you should not be afraid of bad specialists. Becoming a psychologist in the United States is quite difficult and very expensive. It is almost the same as the training of doctors. You can't become a psychologist in the US just by getting a bachelor's degree. Even with a master's degree, you can get a maximum job as a psychologist's assistant.

An American psychologist is a research scientist who holds a doctorate in either philosophy (Ph.D.) or psychology (Psy.D). If translated into the Russian system, only a candidate of sciences can work as a psychologist. In addition to a degree, a psychologist must have a couple of years of work experience. For example, to work as a psychotherapist, you need to spend 8 to 10 years on training. nine0009

25% of psychologists in the US work in their own private clinics. 10% of psychologists work in state institutions (hospitals, schools, social support institutions, prisons, etc.). The rest work in private medical clinics, nursing homes, medical offices, family support services. As well as in university departments and laboratories. Most psychologists are consultants. Consultant psychologists have at least a master's degree and a year of practice as an assistant. nine0009

Profiles of counseling psychologists:
  • School counseling psychologists
    They test the abilities, interests, talents and personal characteristics of schoolchildren. They also organize career guidance sessions and interact with teachers to overcome learning difficulties.
  • Rehabilitation consultants work with people with disabilities to integrate them into society. They also have the functions of overcoming social and psychological problems. nine0035
  • Mental Health Counselors care for patients with drug, alcohol and other addictions.
  • Family counselors - use psychotherapeutic methods to resolve family conflicts. And also the right interaction in the family, understanding and acceptance of each other.
  • Gerontological consultants for helping the elderly. Mainly in the awareness and acceptance of a new way of life, where there is a place for age-related diseases. As well as difficulties with the lack of professional activity and self-realization. nine0035

The work of a psychologist in the US is focused on the mental health of a person, so services are usually included in health insurance . When purchasing an insurance package, you need to study which specialists are included and which are not.

How much do psychologists cost?

An appointment with a psychologist costs between $20 and $250 per hour. Its cost depends on the insurance and the clinic.

Cheaper solution - group therapy, couples therapy, and anger management - up to $100 per session. Family therapy, individual, cognitive-behavioral (behavioral), work with depression, etc. - from $ 70 per session. nine0009

The cost of the service (if it is not included in the insurance) is determined by the qualification of the specialist. If the appointment of a counseling psychologist (counselor) usually costs from 20 to 150 dollars, then a session of a psychiatrist is more expensive - up to 200 dollars. Unlike a counseling psychologist, a psychiatrist can write a prescription for a drug at a pharmacy.

The most expensive are psychotherapists, as their services cost up to 300 per session. As a rule, therapy involves numerous sessions over a long period of time. nine0009

Free psychological help

Psychological services can be free of charge, such as in clinics. Students often consult under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Another popular way to get psychological help in America for free is through support groups. People come to class with similar problems.

Crisis and suicide prevention hotlines are also free. This is especially important in crisis situations when a person has experienced some kind of trauma (violence, loss of a loved one). Or if you have thoughts of suicide, you can call the hotline and talk to a professional psychologist. If the immigrant does not speak English, then an interpreter is provided. nine0009

Modern mental health tools include smartphone apps like Talkspace.

Services of psychologists of various categories are available to every resident of the United States, often included in insurance. Therefore, they are not afraid of them, and they consider the help of a psychologist in the USA as an opportunity for further personal development.

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Hello everyone, my name is Arseniy Makarovsky and I am one of the founders of the startup EPSY - an electronic psychologist based on artificial intelligence. nine0009


In Russia, there is almost no information about what is happening in the world in the market of psychological services and mental applications, we have collected a fairly large amount of information and will be happy to share it in several posts.

The market for psychological assistance in the United States (in the original - mental health).

$238 billion - amount spent on the treatment of depressive disorders. The largest among mental health disorders and addictions in 2020. For comparison, the budget of the entire FOMS (compulsory insurance fund) in Russia is $287 billion. nine0009

Total U.S. spending on mental health services, 2005-2020 (in billions of US dollars)

From 2012 to 2017, the prevalence of depression episodes (MDE) increased from 8.66% to 13.01% among youth aged 12-17. Currently, over two million young people have severely impaired MDE.

Many Americans are insured, but there is no coverage for psychological problems. The share of youth with private insurance that did not cover mental or emotional problems nearly doubled, from 4.6 percent in 2012 to 8.1 percent in 2017. nine0009

Cost of therapy

• The average cost of therapy is $60 to $120 per session.

• Most Americans pay between $20 and $250 an hour, depending on the number of sessions booked, or health insurance coverage.

• With health insurance coverage, rates average $20 to $50 per session.

The cost of therapy with/without insurance coverage

Session cost broken down by type of therapy / monthly therapy costs

Five treatment options available in the USA

  • Sliding Scale Therapists are psychotherapists, psychologists and social workers who adjust their hourly rates to make therapy more accessible to the client. Cost: $30-80 per session
  • Free or low-profit mental health services. nine0097 Psychiatric clinics employ psychotherapists and psychologists, but can often expand their services through the use of student psychologists, student mental health counselors, and social workers who are supervised by licensed, experienced professionals. Services are often provided free of charge or at a significantly reduced cost. Cost: Free
  • Local support groups. Unlike individual therapy, support groups connect you with others who are having similar experiences. While individual therapists often avoid direct consultations, support groups allow you to ask other people's opinions. nine0127 Cost: free
  • Therapeutic applications. Therapy apps like Talkspace and Betterhelp allow you to communicate with your therapist online or via text. Before signing up for online therapy, people complete a mental health questionnaire. Based on these results, each new client is matched with a therapist. Cost: The consultation fee is $49 per week, while Betterhelp is $35 to $80 per week. nine0128
  • Crisis and suicide prevention hotlines. Mental health emergencies such as suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse, and domestic violence require immediate mental health care and attention. If these crises arise, hotlines can be called at any time of the day. These hotlines are staffed by trained volunteers and professionals who provide emotional support and can help you. nine0127 Cost: Free


1. For the last decades the market has been growing steadily and has the potential for extensive growth, but it is strongly constrained by two interrelated factors - the number of specialists and, as a result, the cost of their services.

2. All clients who have not passed the financial qualification in the market of psychologists flow to the pharmacy, where Prozac and the whole range of antidepressants are waiting for them.

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