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September 22, 2017

“What Do I Do When I’m No Longer There? Special Needs Trust Planning

Join us for this free speaker presentation at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. Begins at 6:00 pm in Classroom A.

We meet many parents and caregivers at NAMI Sonoma County who play a vital role in seeing that a loved one’s needs are addressed, as best they can. But what happens when that parent or caregiver is no longer able to handle that responsibility?

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    Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 10 – 16, 2017. During this week individuals and organizations around the country and the world join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and to reach as many people as possible with the tools and resources to support themselves and those around them. Here are a few basic things you should know and that you can share with those around you:

    Suicide can be prevented. Most of us have been touched Read More

    On June 24th at the Community Baptist Church, NAMI Sonoma County in partnership with Buckelew Programs and Goodwill created a wonderful new event called the Self Care Fair! Over 50 community members learned new ways to care for themselves and their loved ones using the tools and expertise from Sonoma County. Thank you to our donors and presenters. We hope to see you at next year’s event!

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    Through the Directing Change Campaign, high school students were encouraged to create a short video that speaks about mental health and how we can support each other during difficult times by noticing the signs and providing support. Congratulations to all of the schools who submitted videos and a big congrats to Analy and El Molino for placing in the top 3 and being recognized on the regional level. Check out the videos by Analy and El Molino high school students.

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    Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. Click here to read the World Health Organization’s complete press release.

    Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.

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