“Trauma & Immigration” an Upcoming Mental Health Event hosted by NAMI Monterey County

 The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Monterey County is hosting an event in honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness month.

June 22, 2017
Jesse G. Sanchez School; 901 N. Sanborn Rd in Salinas
FREE Community Event

The event will be,” Latinos and Mental Health: Trauma & Immigration.” NAMI Monterey County will be hosting a community presentation featuring the mental health effects- anxieties, stress, fears, depression- and trauma, immigrant communities face, as it relates to immigration.

This event is not meant to be a political forum, but rather an educational community presentation to better understand the mental health affects immigrant communities face as a result of immigration.

For more information see attached flyer or call: 831-422-6264.

La Alianza Nacional de Enfermedades Mentales del Condado de Monterey (NAMI por sus siglas en inglés) presentará un evento comunitario, “Latinos y la Salud Mental: El Trauma y La Inmigración.”

Miedo. Ansiedad. Depresión.
¿Como afecta los problemas de inmigración a usted y la salud de su familia?

Venga aprender más sobre cómo los estreses de inmigración que afecta la salud mental de su familia.

Este evento se enfocará en aprender más sobre el estres y la salud mental de los inmigrantes. Este no es un evento político.

Lugar: Escuela de Jesse G. Sanchez; 901 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas

Cuando: jueves, 22 de junio

Hora: 5:30– 8:00 pm

Llámenos para más información: 831-422-6264

NAMI Monterey County is offering 

De Persona a Persona NAMI Class!


De Persona a Persona de NAMI is a free, SPANISH 10-session course

designed for any adult living with a mental health challenge- depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.

May 2nd- July 4th (10 weeks)

Every Tuesday, 5:30 pm -8:00 pm


(registration required)

Call 831-422-6264 for more information or email drivas@namimonterey.org

De Persona-a-Persona de NAMI education program is:

  • A course designed to encourage growth, healing, and recovery among participants.
  • Free and confidential
  • Held every week for two hours (10 weeks)
  • Taught by trained Peer Mentors living in recovery
  • A great resource for information on mental health & recovery
  • For individuals personally living with mental health challenges.

* This course will be taught in Spanish. NAMI also offers Peer-to-Peer English classes.

Bridges of Hope

Spiritual leaders of all denominations are invited to attend an informative presentation designed to provide education, support, resources and human connections for those dealing with mental illness in their faith communities.

The four-hour training, called Bridges of Hope, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at The Grille at Calvary Chapel, 3001 Salinas Highway (Highway 68). The training is free, and lunch will be provided by The Grille for a suggested donation of $10.

“This training will give leaders and staff the knowledge and skills to feel better equipped serving those with mental illness and others touched by it in their congregations,” said Bonnie Bufkin, vice president of NAMI Monterey County, which is presenting the training.

All faith leaders and appropriate staff are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Deanna Rivas at 831-402-4939 or drivas@namimonterey.org, or Bonnie Bufkin at 831-521-5597 or bonniebufkinmft@yahoo.com

Upcoming Classes for Family Members, Peers, Providers … English and Spanish!

Call 831-422-6264 to register now. Spaces are limited.

Celebrating a Fresh Start in 2017

The coming of a new year is a good time to commit to better health, improved lifestyles and better mental health.

The staff and volunteers at NAMI Monterey County are ready, willing and able to help. With our new office, our additional staff and our trained volunteers, NAMI is committed to providing even more classes, offering more support, training more volunteers and spreading more information about mental health services.

Return to our webpage often for updates on available classes and opportunities. Like us on Facebook. Or send us your email address to be included in our email newsletters and our occasional updates. You are also welcome to visit us at 1020 Merrill St., Suite 1015, in Salinas during regular business hours, or call us at 422-6264.

Meanwhile, the national NAMI organization has announced its aggressive legislative strategy for the coming year.

The 2017 legislative priorities are as follows:

  1. Invest in Mental Health and Innovation
  2. Promote Early Intervention
  3. Improve Integration of Care
  4. Support Caregivers, Military Service Members and Veterans
  5. End The Criminalization of Mental Illness

To learn more, see NAMI.com

Open House Celebrates New Chapter for NAMI Monterey County

Scenes from NAMI Monterey County’s Open House! A fine time with old friends, new connections and great hope! Come visit us at 1020 Merrill Street in Salinas.

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Open for Business in Salinas on July 5

After years of planning, NAMI Monterey County is now an independent agency with the opening of its new offices in Salinas.

NAMI Monterey County will open its new office on July 5.

NAMI Monterey County will open its new office on July 5.

For more than a decade, NAMI MC has operated under the administration and within the offices of Interim Inc. The NAMI board owes a debt of great gratitude to Barbara Mitchell, executive director of Interim, and the entire staff for their guidance and their generous assistance over the years. It has been a terrific partnership. Interim took NAMI under its wings with the understanding that NAMI would eventually transition to independence, and the transition was effective July 1.

For the past two years, the NAMI board has been working to establish its independence as a stand-alone affiliate. The board’s transition committee has guided the process with the assistance of representatives from Interim and the county Behavioral Health Department.

On July 5, NAMI opened for business at its new office on 1020 Merrill St., Suite 1015, in Salinas. The new mailing address will be P.O. Box 1367, Salinas, CA 93902. The Salinas telephone number is 831-422-NAMI; the Monterey telephone number will remain active.

NAMI Monterey County is an affiliate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots organization for mental illness in the country.


Our family support group has moved to Salinas. English group.

When: The 1st  and 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30p.m.
New Location: NAMI Monterey County office,
1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015
Salinas, CA 93901

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness in a compassionate environment.


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