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We thank Ashley Martinez, a Le Grand High School student, for submitting her short story for the NAMI Rising Storytellers project.  Phoenix Creative Collective used her story to produce the powerful educational video, My Cousin Eddy.   
We believe that community outreach and collaboration with young people will help end stigma. The Rising Storytellers project and video was funded by the Merced County Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services – Mental Health Services Act.  


In The News: NAMI Merced County

June 15, 2019

Watch the interview with Jason Kander.

We plan to offer NAMI Homefront this Fall, a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends Read More

    Add the Trevor Project number, 1-866-488-7386, to your list of crisis contact numbers available to support young people. “Almost 40 percent of young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who identify as LGBTQ+ have seriously considered suicide in the last year. That number is even higher for transgender and gender-nonbinary youth, 54 percent of whom have seriously considered suicide in that same time frame, and 29 percent of whom have attempted it. That’s according Read More

    Telemedicine can offer some counties such as Merced services that are difficult to access.

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    “Scientific studies vary widely in estimates of the prevalence of mental disorders in very young children, but a recent literature review on existing evidence finds that approximately 16 to 18 percent of children from ages 1 to 5 experience a mental disorder, and half of those are severely affected.”

    Recommendations include: “Community organizations can host more baby- and toddler-friendly events and increase opportunities to provide resources and education to new and expecting Read More

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