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When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important to know that you're not alone. Many Americans have experienced caring for a person with mental illness. 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental health condition. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting them.

You may be trying to help a family member who doesn't have access to care or doesn't want help. Or you may want to learn how to support and encourage someone who has been hospitalized or experienced a similar mental health crisis.

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The NAMI-OC WarmLine is a free and confidential telephone service providing emotional support and resources to Orange County residents.

If you, a family member, or a loved one are experiencing mental health concerns, substance abuse, loneliness or are in need of community resources, The WarmLine is for you!


Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24. For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing.

Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.


The NAMI Peer Connector program matches a person with a trained mentor, that has had lived experience, can either be a family member or individual for 12 weeks of one-on-one connection. Day to day situations drive weekly discussions with mentors.

The Peer Connector program is designed to provide participants with individualized support, education, and skill-building knowledge that helps participants strengthen relationships with their families, increase cooperation, and understand how to navigate the community-based services.