HUMBOLDT, Calif. (KIEM)- To kick off Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Humboldt is offering several free courses for families with children that are diagnosed with mental health conditions and individuals.
The courses cover a range of issues each week like brain biology, communication solving, self-care, advocacy and more.
The NAMI Humboldt chapter offers support groups three times a week, one in eureka and the other in southern Humboldt.
The organization sees between 20-25 patients every week on counseling, providing resources and preventative care methods.
Board members say the upside to the Covid-19 pandemic was that it caused people in the community to talk about their mental health. Residents came forward about their pre-pandemic issues and how the virus affected it.
“For many years, mental health was in the closet. Mental Health Awareness Week gives attention to how common mental health issues are. In fact, I believe they’re more common than uncommon,” said Lea Nagy, President of the NAMI Humboldt Chapter.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, go to their website at namihumboldt.org