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Classes, Groups, and Training

NAMI Merced County offers classes, training, and support groups for community members, professionals, and even schools/students. Click here for a printable brochure, call (209) 789-NAMI or email us for more information at Our current calendar can be found here.

Classes or Groups for Those With Mental Illness

Peer to Peer: a unique ten-week course that allows participants living with any serious mental illness to explore mental health issues, learn about the major brain disorders and brain function, and develop coping skills. Offers an opportunity to socialize with others who have experienced similar challenges where close friendships often develop. Offered in the Spring and Fall of every year. Fall enrollment coming soon!

Connection Support Group: Meeting weekly through June 30, 2017 is a support/recovery group for consumers, run by trained volunteers. No need to register or call, just come on over.

Classes or Groups for Family or Friends of Those With Mental Illness

Family to Family: a 12-week class for families or friends of people with a serious mental illness who want to learn about the major brain disorders, brain function, and develop coping strategies for self-care while caring for an ill loved one. Fall enrollment coming soon!

Basics: a 6-week education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. Fall enrollment coming soon!

Family Support Group: A supportive group for families of a person living with a mental illness. You need self-care to deal with the many challenges they face on a daily basis. Family Support Group provides a safe, confidential place to find support and encouragement from others who have similar lived experiences. Typically meets the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of the month unless there is a national holiday. See the calendar or flyer for 2017 dates.

Training for Professionals

CRISIS IN TRAINING: In conjunction with the Merced County Mental Health Department, a training for law enforcement and other first responders on dealing effectively with mental health crises in the field.

PROVIDER TRAINING: a 2-hour course that presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to front line staff at public agencies who work directly with people with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Training for Schools and Students

Parents and Teachers as Allies: a one-hour (or more) mental health in-service for school professionals and/or parents which focuses on helping school staff and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents

and how best to intervene and link them with services. PTAA also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns.

Ending the Silence : a new program designed to educate intermediate, middle, and high school students about mental illness, and show them how to counter the stigma and get help for themselves or their friends. This program can assist schools with their requirements for AB 2246, a school mandate for all schools with grades 7-12. In Merced County, 27.7% of teens report needing help for emotional or mental health problems yet only 5.7% received help in the prior year. We are here to assist schools..

Presentations For All

IN OUR OWN VOICE: a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories and a short video about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

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