Buried Above Ground: Special Screenings of Inspirational PTSD Film on May 11 and 12

NAMI Monterey County is proud to present two free special screenings of “Buried Above Ground,” a phenomenal new documentary that tracks the lives of three people trying to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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The events are scheduled at 6 p.m. May 11 in the Black Box Cabaret at CSU Monterey Bay and at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the Maya Cinema in Salinas.

Directed by Ben Selkow, the documentary follows an Iraq war veteran, a survivor of domestic abuse and an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina over a six-year period as they try to unburden themselves from the crippling lock of their past traumas. Their personal battles illuminate a global health condition that is misunderstood, under-reported and often left untreated.

“Buried Above Ground will contribute to reshaping the way our society thinks about mental health issues. It will help move viewers and help dispel the myths and misconceptions about PTSD.” — First Lady Rosalynn Carter

NAMI Monterey County is coordinating with other local agencies—the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County, the county Behavioral Health Department, Each Mind Matters, the CSUMB Health and Wellness Center, the YWCA Monterey County and the CSUMB Veterans Services Center—to present this special two-day event.

Each day’s presentation will include a resource fair featuring appropriate local services for those suffering from PTSD. At the conclusion of the film, a panel discussion featuring Selkow and local experts will discuss issues addressed in the movie.

The events are made possible with funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority and the Each Mind Matters initiative in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month.

Spanish interpretation services will be available at both presentations. Please note that while admission is free, CSUMB charges a parking fee.


Fiesta of Hope Scheduled May 6 in Seaside

The Monterey County Mental Health Commission will host its 12th annual Fiesta of Hope on May 6 in the Embassy Suite in Seaside.

Fiesta of Hope is a community event that raises awareness of the resources, treatment options and support available for those touched by mental health issues in Monterey County. The event includes exhibits, a consumer art sale, dinner and a keynote speaker.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance and the deadline for reservations is April 29. Checks are payable to the Action Council of Monterey County, c/o of Monterey County Mental Health Commission, P.O. Box 10325, Salinas 93912.

For more information, call 831-320-2633 or 831-901-7898.


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 LHollien@interiminc.org 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 LHollien@interiminc.org


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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