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In The News: NAMI Merced County

October 12, 2019

The people responsible for teaching our children say stress in their profession is on the rise.

According to a Gallup survey, teaching is tied with nursing as the most stressful profession in the United States with educators saying their stress levels are continuing to go up and experts saying that stress can take a major toll on their mental health.

According to a survey from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), educators and school staff find their Read More


    We hear first hand from families throughout Merced County who have called 911 to get assistance for a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis.  They need help getting their family member to the Behavioral Health Crisis Center.  However, when city police or officers from the Sheriff’s Department respond, the family member is often taken to jail.  Large cities are exploring different ways to help individuals and their families.

    Denver is one of at least eight cities considering an Oregon program Read More

    “Stanford University has agreed to a “groundbreaking” settlement with a group of students who sought through a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting students in mental health crisis.

    Last year, the nonprofit Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit accusing the school of discriminating against students with mental health disabilities, including those who had been hospitalized for a suicide attempt. …Under the terms of the settlement, Stanford will revise its leave of absence and return policy Read More

    Today is World Mental Health Day. And, California, a state with 10 percent of the U.S. population, just announced that it’s introducing the first toll-free statewide mental health line for non-emergency emotional support and referrals. What a wonderful way to kick off this occasion. This Peer-Run Warm Line is a reason to celebrate.

    This California warm-line seems to dovetail nicely with some of the things this large state is already doing in relation to the suicide prevention hotlines they operate. It also seems to align Read More

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