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Classes and Groups

NAMI Merced County offers classes, training, and support groups for community members, professionals, and 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.

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.

Training for Schools and Students

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Ending the Silence: National NAMI has recently enhanced the program to be more engaging to help middle and high school students, school staff, and parents learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if he/she, friend or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. 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.
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts, and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help.
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts, and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts, and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff
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 hours 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

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.

Mental Health 101

A new NAMI California program: Mental Health 101 is devoted to giving individuals an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative presentation, short videos, and personal testimonies that represent a variety of cultures, beliefs, and values. The goal of this program is to create a multi-generation of culturally diverse individuals that can help address the stigma associated with mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.  It is specifically designed for different audiences: African Americans, Asians, Latinos, and community members who identify as LGBTQ+.

School Clubs

NAMI on Campus Clubs are peer-led, mental health awareness clubs on high school and college campuses. Student members raise awareness on their campuses about mental health, reduce stigma, and become advocates. NAMI on Campus Clubs are not support groups or therapy groups. Clubs are open to all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of their own experiences with mental health or illness.  Currently, UC Merced has a NAMI on Campus Club.

Support Groups

NAMI Connection

NAMI Connection: is a support group for people with mental health conditions. Groups meet weekly, every other week or monthly, depending on location. This program is also available in Spanish, NAMI Conexión.

NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group: is a support group for family members, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. Family Support Group provides a safe, confidential place to find support and encouragement from others who have similar lived experiences.

It is held on the first and third Monday of the month from 10-12 at 1666 N Street in Merced. A new evening support group will start soon.

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