Family-to-Family Classes Begin March 5

Registration has opened for NAMI’s next free Family-to-Family class, a special six-week support and education program that begins March 5 in Carmel.

The course is open to family members, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help participants understand and support their loved one living with a mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other mental-health conditions.

The program is taught by trained volunteers who are also family members and who know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from March 5 to April 9 in Carmel.

For more information or to register, contact Laura Hollien at 831-402-4939 or

Pay It Forward: Become a Family-to-Family Teacher

Are you a Family-to-Family graduate? Do you have a passion for helping others?

Please consider becoming a Family-to-Family teacher. NAMI will provide all the training and materials you need to make a real difference in the lives of others.

Applications are now being accepted for the training program. Application deadline is May 4. For more information or for an application, contact Laura Hollien at or call 831-402-4939.

Ending the Silence Presenters Wanted in Monterey County

NAMI Monterey County is currently recruiting for qualified, passionate people to be trained as presenters for its Ending the Silence Program.

Ending the Silence instills a message of hope and recovery, and encourages teens to reduce stigma and end the silence surrounding mental illness. It is a free 50-minute mental health awareness program for high-school aged youth in which teens learn how to recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs.

To be an Ending the Silence Presenter, volunteers must

  • Be or become a NAMI member.
  • Be an adult with a mental illness who is living in recovery.
  • Be comfortable sharing your story,
  • Be passionate about “giving back” and helping others with a mental illness.

NAMI Monterey County is seeking a lead presenter, an adult who is a family member of an individual living in recovery, and a young adult presenter, an adult aged 18-35 who is living in recovery and who can relate well with teens.

Volunteers will receive free online training and in-person practice. Learn more about Ending the Silence in this brief video.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Laura Hollien at 831-402-4939 or

New Family-to-Family Facilitators Trained

NAMI Monterey County is proud to have hosted a three-day training of Spanish-language Family-to-Family facilitators in Salinas the weekend of September 11-13.

As a result of the intensive training, six volunteers from Monterey, Santa Clara and Napa countiesNew Certified Facilitators in Monterey County. Facilitators in Salinas were certified to lead De Familia a Familia classes in their respective counties. Three of the volunteers had attended a Spanish-language Family-to-Family classes facilitated by Rosa Gonzalez and Deanna Rivas in Salinas earlier this year. The classmates were so inspired by that experience that they immediately signed on to lead their own classes. They are now certified by NAMI.

NAMI Monterey County looks forward to offering more Family-to-Family classes to Spanish-speaking residents in the very near future.

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