NAMI North Coastal San Diego County

Our mission is to:

Inspire and support those with brain disorders and their families.
Educate and inform the community.
Work to erase the stigma of brain disorders.

NAMI North Coastal (NAMI NC) San Diego County is an organization run entirely by volunteers from the community and serves the cities and communities of the north coastal region of San Diego County from Del Mar to Oceanside and east to Vista and Rancho Santa Fe.  We are a grass-roots organization that started in 1983 and is an affiliate of the NAMI national organization (headquartered in Arlington, Virginia).

If you are in these communities, NAMI North Coastal hopes to hear from you:  Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Leucadia, Rancho Sante Fe, Oceanside Solana Beach, & Vista.

NAMI NC’s office is located in one of the buildings at the North Coastal Mental Health Clinic complex at 1701 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Reach us via phone or email:


For a list of current board members, please see our Staff & Board of Directors.

NAMI North Coastal History

Our affiliate was founded in 1983 by family members, consumers and professionals from the mental health community.  We incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1990.  NAMI North Coastal’s income is from membership dues, donations, grants, speaking engagements and various fundraising activities.  Currently, we have over 300 member families and individuals.

NAMI North Coastal Fundraising Activities

NAMI NC has a few fundraising events throughout the year.

  • Semi-annual plant sale booth at the Carlsbad Village Faire.
  • Annual 5 K Walk in April to raise awareness of mental illness and reduce related stigma.
  • Memberships, donations, & grants.

NAMI North Coastal Activities

We publish a monthly newsletter.  Keep up with the latest NAMI North Coastal activities and topics of interest.  One of our biggest fundraising activities is the annual NAMI Walk and we also host resource tables at various venues and mental health events.

NAMI North Coastal founded the Tri City Mental Health Forum in 1998, now called the North County Mental Health Forum, which meets monthly.  Meeting attendees are mental health professionals, family members, consumers, county employees, public safety officers and mental health service providers.  The Forum meetings address current mental health issues and foster good communication among member groups.

NAMI members serve on numerous mental health commissions, boards and committees throughout San Diego County.  Our office volunteers help direct callers to available resources.  NAMI North Coastal offers free mental health educational classes for both family members and consumers.

NAMI NC funded the monthly Tri-City Medical Center Mental Health Forum (TCMC) in 1998 now called the North County Mental Health Forum which includes anyone from hospital employees of PPH and TCMC, county and community members, to law enforcement.  This is a venue to address and reduce miscommunications in the community and to assist in solving problems along the way that relate to mental health issues.  The Forum and NAMI NC worked with CSU San Marcos for the development of a mental health nurse practitioner program.

NAMI North Coastal Meetings

NAMI North Coastal conducts a monthly business and education meeting from 7-8:30 PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad.  Our board of directors meets every 2nd Thursday from 6:30-8:30 PM also at St. Michael’s Church.  Both meetings are open to the public.  We also facilitate mutual support groups for both family members and consumers.  Times and places are listed under the Support Groups page of this website.

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