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NAMI Monterey County


Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.

The Big Idea

How do we break the silence around mental illness? NAMI is at the forefront of encouraging open conversations, and their Big Idea is to offer monthly events at which people can learn more about mental health issues in a safe and supportive environment, with presentations by experts and an opportunity for questions and discussion. The program is designed to offer introductory education for people living with mental illness and their friends and families. Topics will include learning the signs and symptoms of mental illness; triggers; navigating insurance and the health care bureaucracy; understanding the “Big Four” mental health conditions; eliminating stigma; crisis intervention training; and others. English and Spanish programs will be held on the same days, at different times. 

As a program coordinator for NAMI, I find that providing NAMI information to others allows me to connect with people on a personal level due to my struggles with mental illness. Sharing my story, I’ve seen how it helps people who come seeking our support. NAMI supports someone like myself and families like mine. It’s a wonderful organization that provides free resources for our community.

- Viridiana Roman

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.