Mentis, Napa’s Oldest Nonprofit, Goes National!

Mentis, Napa’s oldest nonprofit, is thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, July 27th from 12:10-1:10pm EST (9:10-10:10am PST), Mentis will present their workshop entitled, “Empowering Youth as Advocates of Change in Mental Health Systems,” at NAMICon 2021, a national two-day virtual convention on mental health.

The workshop, one of only about thirty to be selected for the nation-wide conference, will highlight the work of Mentis’ Teen Council and Prevention Division. Mentis’ Teen Council is an inclusive group of diverse and compassionate youth engaging their peers in ongoing conversations about mental health, working to prevent suicide, connecting young people to a comprehensive network of accessible and affordable mental health services, and creating lasting social impact in the community. Its youth-led prevention programs place value on connection, community and collaboration with school districts and county agencies focused on supporting mental health and wellness.

Carla Magaña, Teen Council President, will be one of the three presenters. Carla, a recent graduate of a Napa Valley high school, has been involved with the Teen Council for three years and leads our group of diverse, county wide teens as president of the Teen Council. The title of the track of which Mentis’ workshop will be a part is entitled, “Amplifying Youth and Young Adult Voices,” and fellow presenters Jeni Olsen, Mentis’ Prevention Director, and Rob Weiss, LCSW, Mentis’ Executive Director, are ecstatic Carla will have the opportunity to present our work on a national stage.

About her work with the Teen Council Carla said, “Being part of Mentis’ Teen Council has allowed me to connect and collaborate with a variety of diverse leaders and community members in Napa. I’ve learned valuable skills needed to get through my young adult life and create change in our community, and I will continue to share this knowledge with others.”

Those interested in registering for NAMICon can do so at The price to register is $10 for peers and young adults, $15 for NAMI members, and $25 for non-members.

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About Mentis:

We at Mentis believe each of us has the capacity to improve our mental health. But not all of us have the tools and resources to do so. Every day, our staff and clinicians educate, support and inspire people to take charge of their mental well-being. With programs ranging from prevention to treatment, we’re here to make sure our community’s mental wellness flourishes. Because when we share our expertise on how to cope with life’s ups and downs, we empower our neighbors to live the lives they want to live.

Contact: Ashley Awe, Communications Specialist, [email protected], 707.346.4228 x 194. Additional assets available.