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October 2019
October Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

Today, 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

  During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.
While Latino communities show similar susceptibility to mental illness as the general population. Unfortunately, there are disparities in access to treatment and in the quality of treatment received. This inequality puts Latinos at a higher risk for more severe and persistent forms of mental health conditions.
In 2005, the American Psychological Association noted that while one in five Americans identifies as Hispanic, only one percent of psychologists identified themselves as Hispanic. APA went on to note that while 70 percent of non-Hispanic whites return for a second appointment after an initial visit to a psychologist, only 50 percent of Hispanics do.

APA found that both language barriers and values created barriers to treatment.
Hear stories from the Latinx community
NAMI California Conference 2020
June 2 & 3 in Sacramento
NAMI California is looking for workshop applications for consideration for our Conference. We are looking for engaging presenters, varied perspectives, and innovative programs.

Applications are due January 24, 2020

Contact us with your questions at (916) 567-0163
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Upcoming Events
Grow Your Grassroots : Latinx Communities and Mental Health

Join us for a webinar with guest speaker Carolina Gamero of California Immigrant Policy Center. Grow Your Grassroots  webinars are designed to provide NAMI Affiliates and other mental health organizations with tools to reflect and improve on current community outreach strategies in reaching diverse communities. This month's webinar will focus on mental health among Latinx communities. 

Wednesday, October 9
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The event is free and
lunch and snacks are provided.
2019 Northern California Regional
Multicultural Symposium
Through this event, NAMI California seeks to bridge the gaps in mental health by bringing together Northern California community leaders, providers, and peers from diverse communities. Our goal is to foster an open dialogue about the successes and challenges communities have experienced. We look forward to highlighting innovative approaches to improving the mental health of diverse populations.

Saturday, October 12
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
San Joaquin Delta College
Stockton, CA
California Advocacy Network
NAMI CAN calls are designed to share legislative updates with affiliates and community members. These calls are open to anyone interested in mental health advocacy. We also like to hear about local updates during the monthly CAN calls. 

Wednesday, October 30
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Affiliate Classes, Trainings, and Events
NAMI Solano County

Looking for young adults to become program presenters
Mental Health Conference

"3rd of Its Kind" Mental Health and Spirituality Conference

October 10
NAMI Solano County

Offering class in Fairfield beginning January 2020
Celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week

Offering prayer services, a rally, a townhall, and a fundraiser

October 8 - 12
Lodi Mental Health Fair Day

Familiarize attendees with the programs NAMI offers

October 19
Visit the Advocacy Calendar for more information and events
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