Don’t miss NAMI Monterey County’s panel discussion featuring eight therapy specialists on Aug. 6 in Marina.

The event will be moderated by Bonnie Bufkin, LMFT. The discussion begins at 6 p.m. in the Marina Library Community Room, 190 Seaside Circle.

Speakers will include Jennifer Allen, LMFT; Dr. Richard Vieille, Heather Crimson, LMFT; Meika Hamisch, LMFT; Bonnie Rose Fernandez, LMFT; and Dr. Dean Germer.

Snacks provided. For more information call 831-375-6264

New Library Additions

Thanks to Pattie Oguino for her recent donation of 16 books to the NAMI Library in Monterey. Also new to our library is The Bipolar Express, written by another NAMI Monterey member, Robert Feller. Feel free to drop in to check out a book.

The new books include:

Amen, Daniel G., Change your Brain; Change your Life: The breakthrough program for conquering anxiety,, depression, obsessiveness, anger and impulsiveness

Amen, Daniel G., Healing the Hardware of the Soul: How making the brain-soul connection can optimize your life, love, and spiritual growth

Amen, Daniel G., Healing ADD: The breakthrough program that allows you to see and heal the 6 types of ADD

Andreasen, Nancy C., The Broken Brain: The biological revolution in psychiatry

Bradley, Lynn, Manic Depression: How to live wile loving a manic depressive

Breggin, Peter R., Talking Back to Ritalin: What doctors aren’t telling you about stimulants and ADHD

Duke, Patty, A Brilliant Madness: Living with manic-depressive illness

Feller, Robert, The Bipolar Express

Granet, Roger, Why am I up, why am I down? Understanding bipolar disorder

Fieve, Ronald R., Moodswing

Jamison, Kay R., An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness

Kreisman, Jerold, I Hate You; Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the borderline personality

Levine, Mel, The Myth of Laziness: America’s top learning expert shows how kids and parents can become more productive

Neugeboren, Jay, Transforming Madness: New lives for people living with mental illness

Patterson, Ken, ADD and Me: Forty years in a fog

Rosen, Laura E., When Someone you Love is Depressed: How to help your loved one without losing yourself

Torrey, E. Fuller, Surviving Schizophrenia

Connection Recovery Support Group

Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led group for adults living with a mental health challenge. Each group is led by trained individuals who have lived experience in mental health. Come find support, understanding, and hope.

NAMI Connection meets on the 2ndSaturday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Monterey. For more information, call 375-6264 or email


Salinas Workshops Celebrate Mental Health Month

More than 120 people attended a three-day series of workshops in Cesar Chavez Library in East Salinas last month to hear first-hand testimony from consumers and family members about living with a mental illness.

Presenters included Dr. Rebecca Carrillo of the Monterey County Behavioral Health Department and Tomasa Avila, a recent graduate of NAMI’s Familia a Familia  class, and numerous other experts and family members during the series. The seminars also featured resource tables and presentations from representatives of various agencies and nonprofits in Monterey County that specialize in wellness.

The event commemorated Mental Health Month. The Spanish-language educational programs—the first of its kind in Monterey County—were sponsored by NAMI Monterey County in collaboration with the Monterey County Behavioral Health Department.