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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 Fall 2017: 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. Register for Fall classes here. Meets weekly from September 14, 2017 through November 16, 2017.

Connections: Support group that meets twice monthly. Connections is a support/recovery group for consumers, run by trained volunteers. No need to register or call, just come on over. Dates for July through December 2017 will be posted soon, please call for up to date details!

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

Family to family Fall 2017: 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 is open with classes beginning Thursday August 31, 2017 meeting weekly through November 16, 2017. Call 209-789-6264 to register or click here.

Basics: a 6-week education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. Offered again in Spring 2018! Please see Family to Family for a similar class series starting in August 2017.

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. Meets 1-2 times per month on a Monday from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. Download flyer for dates or go to the calendar.

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

AB2246 Support

Parents and Teachers as Allies: a 60-90 minute 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. This is an introductory presentation and a wonderful engagement tool for schools to utilize with parents.

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.

3-hour teacher/staff in-service: designed to combine suicide prevention education and intervention skills coupled with NAMI tools for how to question, persuade and refer someone who may be suicidal, how to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide, the common causes of suicidal behavior, the warning signs of suicide, how to get help for someone in crisis and knowledge of district suicide prevention policy & crisis intervention plan (if not in place NAMI can assist with development). Connection and awareness to local resources, catered to your distinct area and demographics and a real life vignette from a local person who has been impacted by mental illness during their education.

8-hour school professional training: builds upon the 3 hour but offers more and skills for crisis assessment and intervention. Aimed at key personnel typically involved or most likely to encounter or screen students for risk assessment and intervention.

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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