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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

NAMI Monterey County

Mission

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