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Community Partnerships Profile: NAMI San Diego

Community Partnerships Profile: NAMI San Diego

Tri-City Medical Center loves our community partnerships! Our COASTAL Commitment initiative will help Tri-City highlight the multitude of investments we are making in more than 50 local non-profit and community-based agencies who are addressing some of our region’s most pressing health and social challenges.

This month we’d like to highlight our partnership with NAMI San Diego!

NAMI is a charitable organization that was established in 1978 by family members of people with mental illness. NAMI San Diego is affiliated with NAMI California and is run by volunteers who provide education, support and advocacy for those who suffer with brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression and more.

Tri-City is extremely thankful for our partnership with NAMI San Diego. Together we can help build a stronger community by sharing information and striving to end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Peer-to-Peer Program

Tri-City sponsors NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Program in Oceanside, a FREE educational course for any adults (18+) living with mental illness who are interested in establishing and/or maintaining their wellness and recovery.

Participants take part in a combination of lectures and interactive exercises. The course is guided by two trained mentors and a resource volunteer who are experienced at living well with mental illness. The diversity of experience among the course participants provides a lively dynamic that moves the course along.

If you are interested in learning more about this program please email

NAMI Walks

Tri-City supports NAMI Walks, an annual event to help raise awareness and funds to support programs and services for our community. A team representing Tri-City Medical Center’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, led by Sarah Jayyousi, a vocal advocate for those suffering from behavioral health conditions, participates each year to help support the cause. One in every 5 adults struggles with mental illness and now more than ever it is important to spread awareness and advocate for those in need in our community.

This year’s walk will took place on May 30th as a virtual event. We encourage you to visit to learn more!

Volunteer Leadership

In addition to financial support for NAMI programs and participation and fundraising for NAMI charitable events, a member of Tri-City Medical Center executive team also serves in a volunteer leadership position on NAMI San Diego’s Board of Directors. Aaron Byzak, Chief External Affairs Officer for Tri-City Medical Center, has served on the NAMI San Diego board for nearly two years. A family member and long-time caregiver for a relative suffering from mental illness, Aaron is committed to NAMI’s mission and is an advocate for legislative reforms to create a better system for supporting patients and family members alike.

To learn more about NAMI San Diego please visit