David Sheff to Speak at 16th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon

We’re delighted that bestselling author and advocate David Sheff will be the featured speaker for the 16th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon.

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David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest TragedyClean, a follow-up to Sheff’s New York Times #1 bestseller Beautiful Boy, is the result of the years he spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time.

In 2009, Sheff was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids honored him with a Special Tribute Award “in recognition of his voice and leadership for families who are struggling with addiction.” He was also awarded the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award, 2017 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Media Award, and 2017 American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Media Award “to recognize his compelling portrayal of addiction and its personal effects on families and society as a whole.”

Beautiful Boy, published in 2008, was based on Sheff’s article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” Beautiful Boy was made into a film, released in October 2018, directed by Felix Van Groeningen and starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Sheff also contributed to HBO’s Addiction: Why Can’t They Just StopHIGH: Everything You Want To Know About Drugs, a book for young adults written with Nic Sheff, published in January 2019. He is currently working on his next book, The Buddhist on Death Row: Finding Light in the Darkest Place.

Sheff is on the advisory boards of the The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program “designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional well-being and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students,” and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Along with the New York Times Magazine, Sheff has also written for such publications as the New York TimesWiredRolling StoneOutside, and the  Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, nuclear physicist Ted Taylor, Congressman Barney Frank, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Betty Friedan, Keith Haring, Jack Nicholson, Carl Sagan, Salman Rushdie, Fareed Zakaria, and others. He also wrote an award-winning documentary about John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and a radio special about Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, both for National Public Radio.

Sheff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives with his family in Northern California.

The Circle of Support Luncheon will be held on April 26, 2019. Find out more about the event here.

Reservations open for the 16th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon

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Reservations are now open for the 16th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon.

Join us on Friday, April 26, in Menlo Park for this special community event featuring advocate and author David Sheff.

Tickets are complimentary and must be reserved in advance. Click here to reserve.

This year’s luncheon will feature David Sheff, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction (recently adapted as a feature film) and Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy.

Proceeds from this event strengthen our circle of support for vulnerable individuals and families. With your support, we prevent and alleviate crucial issues affecting health and wellness, including mental illness, addiction, and family violence. Guests will be invited to make a donation in support of this work at the event.

For more information about this year’s event, underwriting opportunities, and hosting tables of your friends, please contact our Development Department at 650.513.1509 or development@caminar.org or visit the Circle of Support Luncheon website.

We look forward to seeing you!

Announcing Our 2019 Circle of Support Luncheon Speaker, David Sheff

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We’re thrilled to announce that bestselling author and advocate David Sheff will be the featured speaker for the 16th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon.

David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest TragedyClean, a follow-up to Sheff’s New York Times #1 bestseller Beautiful Boy, is the result of the years he spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time.

In 2009, Sheff was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids honored him with a Special Tribute Award “in recognition of his voice and leadership for families who are struggling with addiction.” He was also awarded the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award, 2017 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Media Award, and 2017 American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Media Award “to recognize his compelling portrayal of addiction and its personal effects on families and society as a whole.”

Beautiful Boy, published in 2008, was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” Beautiful Boy was made into a film, released in October 2018, directed by Felix Van Groeningen and starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Sheff also contributed to HBO’s Addiction: Why Can’t They Just StopHIGH: Everything You Want To Know About Drugs, a book for young adults written with Nic Sheff, published in January 2019. He is currently working on his next book, The Buddhist on Death Row: Finding Light in the Darkest Place.

David is on the advisory boards of the The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program “designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional well-being and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students,” and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Along with the New York Times Magazine, Sheff has also written for such publications as the New York TimesWiredRolling StoneOutside, and the  Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, nuclear physicist Ted Taylor, Congressman Barney Frank, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Betty Friedan, Keith Haring, Jack Nicholson, Carl Sagan, Salman Rushdie, Fareed Zakaria, and others. He also wrote an award-winning documentary about John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and a radio special about Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, both for National Public Radio.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. David lives with his family in Northern California.

The Circle of Support Luncheon will be held on April 26, 2019. Find out more about the event here.

Team Caminar Walks to Stomp Out Stigma at NAMIWalks Silicon Valley

This past Saturday morning, Team Caminar joined forces with others in the Silicon Valley to walk together to raise funds and awareness to help change perceptions about mental illness. Team Caminar included our CEO Chip Huggins, Nikki Luistro and her sister, Maryanne McGlothlin, a group from Redwood House, and board member Samyukt Bajaj. 

Held at the Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, this year’s event included 1,130 participants and has raised $216,628 thus far, which is over 75% of the goal and still going!

NAMIWalks Silicon Valley is just one of over 80 events in 2017. Each NAMIWalks is a 5K event that raises awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the country. Last year, NAMIWalks all over the United States collectively raised nearly $11 million. So far this year, almost $9 million has been raised!

Thanks, Team Caminar, for spending your Saturday morning stomping out stigma!

3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium Highlights

On May 18, 2017, more than 200 guests convened at Filoli for our 3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium. We would like to thank our illustrious speakers who shared new research and generous sponsors who made possible this valuable educational event.

PANELISTS (Click on the presentation title to view the slides):

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special evening! Our very special thanks to photographer Michael Collopy.



"In Concert With Caminar" Photos

On Saturday, October 15th at the SFJAZZ Center, mental health supporters, advocates, and jazz lovers came together to raise money and celebrate the strides that Caminar has made in providing treatment for those who experience mental health difficulties. Music, food, heartwarming stories, and the generosity of our guests truly made this night unforgettable. Here are a few photos from that special evening.

 

David Sanborn Speaks About the Importance of Mental Health Care

In the Press

Thank you to The Reporter for publishing an article promoting our event.

Read Here:  http://www.thereporter.com/general-news/20161012/jazz-fest-to-raise-funding-for-mental-health-services

Caminar for Mental Health and Basecamp Fitness: Miles for Mental Health

On May 21, the Basecamp Fitness family came together across its four locations to help Caminar for Mental Health raise money for Mental Health Awareness month. 

Basecamp Fitness, with locations in Burlingame, San Francisco, Santa Monica and West Hollywood, opened its doors to Caminar and its members biked over 1,400 miles in the name of mental health awareness. 

"We cannot be more grateful to Basecamp Fitness and their members for their hard work and sweat," said Caminar's Director of Development, Carolyn DeVoto Salcido. "As a community-based nonprofit, it's truly heart-warming to see other community entities like Basecamp really open their hearts to our mission." 

[RELATED: Caminar participates in "Road to Recovery 5K"]

In all, the four Basecamp studios combined to raise more than $2,200 for mental health awareness.

Basecamp Fitness is a 35 minute, heart-pumping, muscle-building, fitness experience that builds a healthier person! They are a tight knit, supportive community built around building strong hearts inside and outside their studio.

For more on Basecamp Fitness, click here.