Mentis prepares for 75th anniversary in Napa Valley
October 18, 2022

by Napa Valley Register Staff and was published in the Napa Valley Register on October 17, 2022

Mentis is preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary of serving Napa Valley.

The nonprofit group provides bilingual mental health services. It was founded in 1948 to help families readjust to civilian life after World War II.

On Friday, Mentis held a donor appreciation breakfast at La Toque restaurant, at the Westin Verasa hotel in the city of Napa. Mentis staff members revealed goals they hope to work on during the group’s 75th year.

“They understand that to make the biggest impact in our community, they must pull people out of the river, but they must also go upstream to prevent folks from falling in,” the nonprofit said in a news release.

The group also celebrated being named state Sen. Bill Dodd’s Nonprofit of the Year and hosting a February gala that raised more than $350,000.

Mentis has more than doubled its size in the last seven years in response to growing mental health services demands. In 2020, it merged with Teens Connect, forming a prevention division to teach mental health skills to people before mental health challenges become insurmountable, the press release said.

Visit mentisnapa.org to find out more about Mentis.

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Stepping Stones for Mental Health
June 29, 2022

by Ashley Awe and was published in the Napa Valley Marketplace in June 2022
Photos by Israel Valencia

It seems like everywhere we turn, we hear about the mental health crisis our teens are facing. It is no wonder that so many of us feel worried for the young people in our lives and powerless to help them. We cannot fix every dilemma our teens are facing or prepare them for every issue they’ll come across in the future. But we can give them the tools and empower them to take control of their mental health. As they learn to express themselves and understand that they are not alone, they inspire others to also take control of their wellness.

Throughout this past winter and spring, twenty teens from Mentis’ countywide Teen Council worked with local artist Kristina Young to create a series of mosaic tile stepping stones with mental health and wellness themes, sharing messages of hope and healing, acceptance and inclusiveness, and the importance of caring for self and others. Funded by a collaborative grant from This is My Brave and Arts Council Napa Valley, teens met with Kristina over the course of a few months to design their tiles and learn how to translate their designs into mosaic works of art. Late this spring, teens met for an afternoon production session with Kristina and her photographer husband Israel Valencia, who helped with production and documented the process throughout the months-long project. After a debut showcase at the Napa County Library on April 30th, the stones were planted at Napa County high schools from American Canyon to Calistoga, reminding teens of the breadth of the community of which they are a part. Stepping stones are literally grounding, and teens will be reminded of the importance of their own mental health when they view the inspiring messages on the stones.

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“The impact of a project like this is immeasurable,” explains Mentis Prevention Director and Teens Connect founder Jeni Olsen. “It benefits not only the teens who designed and created the tiles, but also high school students and school staff from all over the county who will see these mosaic stepping stones and resonate with the messages.”

The stones share messages including, “You Are Not Alone,” “You Matter,” “Have Hope,” and, “After the storm, the flowers bloom.” Most of the stones contain messages in both English and Spanish, and the stone designed for American Canyon High School includes a message in Tagalog, because this is a primary language spoken in American Canyon. Stones can be found in school gardens at American Canyon High, Napa High, Vintage High, New Technology High, Justin Siena High, Valley Oak High, Camille Creek Community School, St Helena High, Calistoga High and Napa Valley College. While each stepping stone has a unique design and color scheme, they all share a border of yellow tiles, which is Mentis’ brand color and also symbolizes a yellow brick road connecting all Napa Valley teens and their journey to mental wellness. The Mentis prevention team chose mosaic art as the medium for this project because of its meditative and healing creative process. It is also easy to learn and precludes perfectionism, providing access to youth who may not have had prior art experience.

“Mentis teens really embraced the concept of this project and the message that they were sharing with future teens. The final stones are colorful with strong designs and positive messages, and seeing the teens take pride in the work they did makes me so happy.” says Kristina Young.

The mental health crisis among teens is likely unprecedented, at least in our lifetimes. Having never lived through a global pandemic, it’s impossible to predict its lasting effects on psychosocial health. It is vital that we provide opportunities for youth to connect with each other and learn tools for wellness, including art and self-expression.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we at Mentis can think of no better way to celebrate it than to listen to the young people in our community who are passionate mental health advocates. To view all the stepping stones created by our talented teens, please visit the Teens Connect Instagram page @teensconnectnapa. To learn more about the work Mentis is doing in the community, please visit MentisNapa.org.

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Napa Valley teens develop programs that boost mental health
May 20, 2022

by Jessica Zimmer and was published in the Napa Valley Register on May 9, 2022

The Teen Council, which serves as mental health advocates in their schools and communities, is accepting applications for new members until May 15, with interviews set for June and acceptances for July. 

Members hold discussions about mental health issues and organize wellness events for Teens Connect, a program of Mentis for youth ages 12 through 20. Both groups are organized under the umbrella of Mentis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health that serves Napa Valley residents.

“Mentis’ Teen Council members run empowerment clubs on their school campuses, provide peer counseling and referral to mental health resources, and promote volunteerism and civic engagement. Most importantly, they offer their insights, observations and unique perspectives to Mentis’ ongoing program development with a focus on caring for self, others, and the community,” said Jeni Olsen, founder of Teens Connect and prevention director at Mentis.

Kate Zarate, 18 and a senior at Napa High School, said being a member of the Teen Council taught her to understand others and not expect too much.

“Everyone is different. We should give people their own boundaries and spaces,” Zarate said.

Zarate, who wants to become a social worker, said she values Teen Council’s emphasis on diversity in all aspects: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.

“It’s great that the Teen Council is made up of people of different ages and from a variety of backgrounds. We have meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. This helps us check in with one another. We also talk about how to reach out to teens throughout Napa Valley,” said Zarate. 

Sophia Stanfield, 17 and a senior at St. Helena High School, said joining the Teen Council inspired her to start St. Helena High School’s Mental Health and Wellness Club.

“This spring, the club held a suicide prevention training for members. We hope to save lives and influence the next generation of mental health professionals,” said Stanfield.

Stanfield added being in the Teen Council taught her how to keep an open mind.

“Before, I found it really hard to ask for help. Now, I helped create a place where love and trust are valued. I and others have an immediate safe haven,” said Stanfield.

Valuing technology, culture, and togetherness

Social media helps Teens Connect reach out to the greater teen community in Napa Valley. In 2020 and 2021, Teen Council members held weekly wellness workshops on Zoom to create space for social connection. They also posted positive material on Instagram and other outlets.

“Since we’re coming back to in-person events, we can have gatherings again. Doing so much online taught us a lot. The Teen Council is better equipped with different ways to start conversations about mental health,” said Zarate.

Zarate said a common topic in conversations is culture. Teens Connect represents teens of many different backgrounds, including youth of color and LGBTQ youth.

“The Teen Council addresses how to discuss the issues facing the Latinx community of Napa County. We explore ways for us to contribute to solutions. Listening to one another teaches us how to share our voices,” said Zarate.

Stanfield said a benefit of the Teen Council is that it has helped students from the northern and southern parts of the Valley connect.

“We have members all the way up at Calistoga High School to all the way down at American Canyon High School. The meetings get teens out of their comfort zone. We hold picnics, do volunteer work, or even do things as simple as play trivia games. After these two hard years, it’s such a relief to be social again,” said Stanfield.

The history behind Teen Council

Teens Connect was founded in 2017, after Napa lost two young teens to suicide the year before. The organization had a goal of creating safe spaces to amplify youth voices. The group then decided to also promote the mental health and wellness of teens throughout Napa Valley.

“Our focus was on teaching youth how to care for themselves and others,” said Olsen.

In 2017, Olsen founded Teens Connect as a nonprofit organization, with youth representation from Napa County high schools. The first Teen Council was composed of 12 members from different high schools. They wrote the group’s bylaws and established many of its activities focused on mental health and wellness.

Also, in 2017, Teens Connect established a partnership with Mentis. Together, the organizations began to provide a continuum of support for youth in Napa Valley. The programs ranged from wellness activities and suicide prevention to free therapy for middle school and high school students in Napa Valley Unified School District.

By 2020, the Teen Council had expanded to include members from eight high schools in Napa County, as well as Napa Valley College. In July of 2020, Mentis officially welcomed Teens Connect and the Teen Council onto its roster of programs. The groups are now run within the prevention division at Mentis.

Nyah McWilliams, prevention specialist with Mentis, joined the nonprofit at age 20 to work with Teens Connect.

Before coming to Mentis, McWilliams served as a campus supervisor for Napa Valley Unified School District for close to four years. McWilliams said the Teen Council amplifies youth voices so that adults in the community can better understand their needs and perspectives.

“There can be judgment, especially in the teen years. Teens Connect creates space for community. You get to make friends from different schools and explore your identity,” said McWilliams.

McWilliams said that Teen Council prides itself on diversity and inclusion. The group invites applications from candidates involved in a variety of clubs and hobbies.

“It’s great to have Teen Council members who can share what they learn about mental health with peers. That helps break the stigma. Many people experience stress, depression, and anxiety at different points in their life,” said McWilliams.

Mariana Diaz, 20 and a sophomore at Napa Valley College, said two of the most important things being a Teen Council member taught her were how to be a part of a team and create connections within the community.

Diaz valued achieving goals like developing Bridging the Years, a Teens Connect program to partner teens with older adults for social connection.

Diaz said being a part of Teens Connect helped her succeed in two subsequent positions. These were project assistant at Rainbow Action Network, a group of LGBTQIA+ people and allies that creates programs for families under First 5 Napa Network, and art assistant with the Napa Rail Arts District (RAD).

One of Diaz’s duties as an art assistant for RAD was to orient members of the Teen Council who volunteered to paint “Our RAD Wall.” This is a space in downtown Napa where young people between 12 and 21 can create murals to express themselves and bring positive messages to the community.

“Being a member of the Teen Council showed me that with time and dedication, teens can work cooperatively to achieve goals that touch on and go beyond raising awareness about mental health. I want to become a K-12 teacher. I look forward to developing activities to support the mental health of myself, my colleagues, my students, their parents, and the community,” said Diaz.

To learn more about the Teen Council and apply to join, email McWilliams at nmcwilliams@mentisnapa.org.

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Sen. Dodd: Napa County’s Mentis is Nonprofit of the Year
May 20, 2022

press release from Sen. Bill Dodd originally published May 6, 2022

NAPA – Napa County’s Mentis has been serving the mental health needs of young people, adults and seniors for decades, providing life-saving treatment including suicide prevention and mental health therapy in Spanish and English, in times of crisis including earthquakes, wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. For Mentis’ significant contribution to the community’s mental well-being, it has been named Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 3 by Sen. Bill Dodd.

“We have endured significant mental health challenges over the years and through them all, Mentis has been there,” Sen. Dodd said. “The assistance they provide to our underserved and vulnerable populations is invaluable. They offer the support, education and inspiration people need to take charge of their lives. At the same time, they are growing to meet increasing demand. I’m honored to recognize Mentis for its achievement.”

“I find myself so proud of all that we have accomplished together,” said Rob Weiss, Mentis executive director. “Though the events of the past few years were truly unprecedented, we found ourselves more flexible than we thought possible and more dedicated than ever to serving our community whenever and however it was needed. By adding a prevention division, Mentis has truly expanded its reach to become the safety net for people of every age needing mental health and wellness support.”

Mentis was founded in 1948 to help families readjust to civilian life following World War II. As Napa County’s mental health needs grew, Mentis responded, expanding its services to treat people of all ages and expanding bilingual clinical staff. It has been instrumental in addressing teen suicide through partnerships with schools and its recent merger with Teens Connect. It also provides low-cost treatment and counseling to help adults and seniors lead emotionally healthy, stable lives. With added stress from recent wildfires and the pandemic, Mentis responded to increased demand, serving more than 4,500 community members in 2021.

Mentis will be formally recognized June 8 on the Capitol lawn in Sacramento during a ceremony coordinated by the California Association of Nonprofits.

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Meet Obi, Napa’s therapy pig
March 17, 2022

See original article on Napa Valley Register’s Website Here.

Mentis Napa’s newest “staff member” has a freckled snout, loves Cheerios and can twirl on demand.

“He has the sweetest little face, and he’s very friendly,” said Mentis employee Mackenzie Lovie, about her new colleague.

“He” is Obi — a 1-year old therapy pig that recently joined the animal-assisted therapy program at the Napa nonprofit.

Animal-assisted psychotherapy utilizes a trained animal to help a client work toward their goals in therapy, Lovie explained.

Mentis has offered types of animal-assisted therapy in the past, but this is the first time a pig has joined the team. 

Lovie said that the first time she saw Obi, a miniature pig, she knew he was “something special.”

“We met him, and we fell in love with him.”

Obi — a metaphor in Nigeria for “heart” — connected with Lovie thanks to Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch in the Carneros region.

In that first encounter, “I looked into his eyes,” and thought “you have that thing that makes people happy,” Lovie recalled.

The timing was perfect. Lovie, who is a licensed clinical social worker and a housing manager at Mentis, is currently studying to become a certified animal-assisted psychotherapist.

She’s also no stranger to animals. Lovie spent years in 4-H, raising everything from pygmy goats to rabbits. She later adopted Pandora, her yellow lab guide dog, who is now 16.

“My clients have loved my therapy dog Pandora,” said Lovie. “She’s brought a lot of value to everything.”

Mentis Executive Director Rob Weiss embraced the Obi-idea.

“Animal-assisted therapy has been proven to be an effective way to engage our clients in mental health treatment while building trust in a fun and supportive way,” said Weiss.

Of course, there are limitations sometimes to what can be accomplished through traditional talk therapy, and animal-assisted therapy “is a way of helping people of all ages address issues that can be hard to talk about,” he said. “Additionally, animals reach us in ways that people can’t.”

Monica Stevens from Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch said she’s quite proud that Obi is helping others.

“The power of healing that an animal can bring to a human — it’s magical,” said Stevens.

This is also a good example that shows that pigs can be more than food, she pointed out. “It’s the power of a pig.”

Obi recently started making public appearances around Napa Valley. For one of his first outings, he and Lovie, along with representatives from Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, visited a third-grade class at Napa’s Bel Aire school.

“It was a huge success,” said Lovie. “He loved them, they loved him.” Wearing his harness and leash, Obi “walked right into the classroom,” like he was in hog heaven.

“I know he made a lot of third-graders really happy and had a day they will not forget,” said Lovie.

She plans to introduce Obi at other schools and gatherings, as well as taking him to meet her clients at their homes.

It’s important to be creative about what it means to “do therapy,” she said. “It’s not just sitting in an office lying on the couch.” Obi can become a part of role-playing interactions, act as a buffer during therapy, encourage outdoor time, or help to reduce stress by being touched, or even watched.

“One thing that I hope people get is how emotional and smart he is,” she said.

Lovie officially adopted Obi, but because she lives in downtown Napa, Obi doesn’t stay with her. Two other experienced guardians care for Obi. His accommodations include a well-appointed pen and yard, including personal wading pool. Lovie and Obi see each other quite regularly.

Obi, who weighs about 80 pounds, eats a balanced diet of pig pellets and fruits and vegetables. Another favorite?

Cheerios, said Lovie. “It’s a special treat.”

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Supporting Older Adults – Experts offer advice for helping seniors get past the pandemic
June 17, 2021

Jessica Zimmer

 

Being present for older adults in 2021 requires forethought and an understanding of how the pandemic has changed many aspects of daily life. Many older adults are emerging from a long period of isolation. Yet they remain concerned about their safety, as well as the safety of loved ones. When all parties are vaccinated, a hug goes a long way.

“When possible, physical touch is very much appreciated. Messages of love, that you, a family member, or grandchildren are all right, especially because of the way you were raised, are helpful,” Dr. Doug Wilson, medical director for the palliative care service at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and a family physician at OLE Health.

Wilson suggested limiting the amount of time spent on “COVID talk.”

“Older adults especially may have lost friends and family members to the illness. Talking about the pandemic may cause them anxiety. It could also bring up other stressful topics, like politics. If older adults bring up COVID or another topic that you find difficult, it’s OK to distract and move the conversation to another topic,” said Wilson.

Wilson said many people have loved ones who express ideas their children and grandchildren may find challenging.

“Just like some of our elders had to deal with ancestors who would express support for slavery or other violence, we have an opportunity to fund ways to express love and affection for elders who may share perspectives we find problematic,” said Wilson.

Wilson said visitors to an older adult’s home or care facility should focus on positive things that “touch their emotions or souls.”

“Talking about the arts or anything they did in their lives that will live on as a legacy is great. These things are reassuring. Remember that as the body ages, people are no longer able to do the things they once did. They want to connect to the part of themselves that is youthful,” said Wilson.

Naomi Dreskin-Anderson, a Napa-based attorney who focuses on elder law issues, said it is a good time to try and minimize family disputes, like arguments over inheritance.

“Older adults have been more isolated during the pandemic. Adult children haven’t been as able to visit. I am seeing adult children expressing more anxiety about people taking advantage of their parents. They’re looking for ways to take more control over their parents’ lives. This results in stress for everyone,” said Dreskin-Anderson.

Dreskin-Anderson advises gradually lengthening visits after all parties have been vaccinated.

“Family counseling and meditation can be helpful too,” said Dreskin-Anderson.

Dreskin-Anderson is a Napa Board of Supervisors’ appointee to the Napa County Commission on Aging and co-chair of the Healthy Aging Population Initiative (HAPI). HAPI represents the concerns of elder with Live Healthy Napa County, a public-private partnership to improve the health of all Napa County residents.

Dreskin-Anderson said the Napa County Commission on Aging has advocated for funding activities for older adults through the pandemic. The Commission has focused on meeting needs regarding meal programs, community outreach programs, virtual events, and “telephone reassurance,” calls to increase interaction and fight isolation.

“One of the issues we’re still addressing is the digital divide, the concerns the older population has with accessing technology. We’re also working to increase the amount of supportive housing in Napa County. Our goal is to help people remain where they live. This allows them to age comfortably in place,” said Dreskin-Anderson.

Megan Dozler, a Napa-based music therapist and founder of Core3Harmony & Wellness Services, LLC, advocated encouraging older adults to engage in communal interactions like tai chi, exercise, and live drumming. She said these activities relieve stress related to the pandemic. 

Dozler acknowledged adults in their 70s and beyond come from a generation in which events and socialization were held in groups.

“Think about how dances were organized, often around live music. People also enjoyed listening to music together around a record player or through a radio program. Establishing a sense of connection helps older people thrive,” said Dozler.

Dozler said she is easing concern about group activities by offering short classes with fewer people.

“this helps everyone feel safe and get ack into normal routines and activities. Having a real person there is important, as many older adults dislike watching videos. I ask for sign-ups to see who’s interested,” said Dozler.

Dozler said it takes an effort even for professionals to draw older adults out of their rooms.

“Before vaccines were available, staff required residents of assisted living facilities to stay in their own rooms or within a limited area. Even if teachers were allowed to come, residents lacked motivation to engage. Residents are hesitant to go back to what they were doing before the pandemic. During this slow transition back to group interaction, many facilities require self-screening healthcare checks prior to conducting groups. We’re looking at new activities to re-energize them,” said Dozler.

Rob Weiss, Executive Director of Mentis, Napa’s oldest non-profit and a provider of mental health services throughout Napa Valley, is drawing on the lessons learned through Healthy Minds, Healthy Aging. This comprehensive program, which has been inexistence for over 10 years, supports adults over 60.

“Our approach is to intervene early. That reduces the need for more intensive intervention later on. Right now we’re providing short-term therapy and mental health case management over Zoom and by telephone,” said Weiss.

Weiss said Healthy Minds, Healthy Aging, like all of Mentis Napa’s programs, offers bilingual services in English and Spanish. Weiss said the pandemic posed significant challenges for outreach.

“When lockdown happened last spring, a lot of people backed off from phone appointments. More have comeback, gradually. Another thing that’s helped is offering services to caregivers of older adults. They can get burned out. We offer programs to support them too,” said Weiss.

Young adults can be part of a larger solution. In April 2021, Mentis Napa launched a new pilot program called Bridging the Years.

The program connects older adults at Rohlff’s Manor in Napa with teens from Napa Valley College and five Napa County high schools, American Canyon High, Napa High, Vintage High, New Tech High, and Justin Siena High. 

The teens, who are between the ages of 15 and 19, call their older adult conversational partner once a week for six weeks. Both the teens and older adults have relationship coaches supporting their interactions.

“Our program invigorates and energizes older adults while grounding and centering teenagers. Long-term plans include county-wide expansion and in-person multigenerational activities, when it’s safe again to do so,” said Jeni Olsen, Prevention Director of Mentis Napa.

The teens participating in Bridging the Years are all members of the Mentis Teen Council, a diverse youth leadership group that empowers teens to care for themselves, others, and the community.

Samira Flores, 18 a senior at Vintage High School, said her advice for interacting with older adults is being patient and having a positive attitude.

“They can sense if you don’t give a conversation your full energy. I recommend communicating through music, smiles, and body language,” said Flores.

Flores said the pandemic has made everyone extremely lonely.

“In my first call, both me and the older adult I called started rambling. We were so excited. One thing I learned is the pandemic has helped us understand each other. My conversation partner talked to me about school and staying home, what I was going through. They had empathy for me,” said Flores.

Kalaya Jones, 18 and a senior at Napa High School, is also the vice president of Teens Connect, a Mentis youth wellness and prevention program. Tees Connect supports mental health and wellness among teens in Napa County. Jones said she suggest accepting each individual as their own person.

“you want to go at a pace that is comfortable for them. My thought is to approach this in a gentle and kind manner. I will reassure them that I’m there for them. I’ll explain that I might fully understand what they’re going through but I’m willing to listen,” said Jones.

Jones added she has learned more about encouraging self-expression by working with Teens Connect to hold “virtual wellness cafes” for local middle school and high school students during school hours.

“Doing a little bit for mental wellness everyday ends up benefiting everyone so much. I look forward to having conversations where we both say, “OK. We will get through this,” said Jones.

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Brain Waves: Boosting Children’s Resilience with Dr. Steven Adelsheim and Jeni Olsen
May 13, 2021

How can we boost the resilience of children and teens after they experience trauma? Dr. Steven Adelsheim, Director, Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing at Stanford University School of Medicine and Jeni Olsen, Prevention Director at Mentis: Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services discuss this and more on this episode of Brain Waves.

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Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan: Helping Teens Connect with Jeni Olsen
April 26, 2021

Have a listen to Dr. Dan Peters’ interview with Jeni Olsen, our Prevention Director, about how youth prevention programs fit in to our continuum of care and overall community wellness.

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Dr. Dan Peters presents Parenting & Teaching During a Pandemic
February 2, 2021

Mentis, in partnership with Napa County SELPA were proud to host 2 webinars with Dr. Dan Peters, for Parents and Educators working with youth during this pandemic year:

Parenting During a Pandemic

Building Resilience in Uncertain Times: Building Coping Skills and Promoting Health and Wellness in our Youth

Teaching During a Pandemic

Building Resilience in Uncertain Times: Building Coping Skills and Promoting Health and Wellness in our Youth

 

Dr. Dan ​is a licensed psychologist who has devoted his career to the assessment, consultation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in learning differences, anxiety, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality. He is passionate about helping parents and teachers engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life so that they can realize their full potential. Dr. Dan is co-founder and Executive Director of​ ​Summit Center​, author of several books about anxiety in children, and co-founder of​ ​Parent Footprint​, an online interactive parent training program.

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Rob Weiss Talks on KQED about Stress & Anxiety during COVID-19 + Wildfires
August 27, 2020

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2019 Impact Report
May 27, 2020

We are very excited to share our Mentis 2019 Impact Report.

 

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Napa Broadcasting: Rob Weiss talks about Mentis and Mental Health Services in Napa County
January 2, 2018

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Thanks for support of Mentis
January 2, 2018

I’m writing today to thank our next-door neighbor, Community Projects, for investing in mental health for older adults in our community. Community Projects recognizes the vulnerable of this growing population.

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Creating Community: Napa County Nonprofits at Work
January 2, 2018

Napa County is a diverse, growing county with a rich history and culture. Its nonprofit organizations are woven into the fabric of the community and enhance the quality of life, maximize civic engagement, and provide a lens through which to view the past and plan for the future…

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Making a Difference in Mental Health Services
January 2, 2018

Rob Weiss has been the executive director of Mentis (formerly Family Service of Napa Valley) for more than five years, but he’s worked at the nonprofit for a total of two decades.

“We make a big difference in the lives of people we serve,” Weiss said. “We’re making Napa County a better place to live. It makes me want to get up and come to work every day.”

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Marks joins Mentis as development director
January 2, 2018

Mentis, formerly Family Service of Napa Valley, has named Liz Marks as development director.

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Fundraiser supporting mental health raises $100,000 at Opus One Winery
January 2, 2018

Mentis: Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services announced that the nonprofit raised $100,000 at its fifth annual World of Wine fundraiser at Opus One Winery on March 12.

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Community health nonprofits receive almost $6 million in grants
January 2, 2018

Napa Valley Vintners announced the award of nearly $6 million in grants to local nonprofits that deliver a spectrum of health care services.

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Growing Support for Mental Health in Napa County
January 2, 2018

I have been a board member for Mentis (formerly known as Family Service Napa Valley) for almost eight years. Over these years,

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World of Wine 2016
January 2, 2018

Mentis: Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services, in partnership with Opus One Winery, will hold its 5th Annual World of Wine Fundraising Event.

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day!
January 2, 2018

World Mental Health Day, which is supported by the United Nations (UN), is annually held on October 10 to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide…

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Family Service of Napa Valley is renamed Mentis
January 2, 2018

Family Service of Napa Valley, a provider of mental health services, has rebranded itself, becoming Mentis, Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services…

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Family Service of Napa Valley reinvents itself
January 2, 2018

Family Service of Napa Valley is the oldest nonprofit in Napa County, and after 65 years of providing mental health services to people of every age, stage and income level, they are reinventing themselves…

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Family Service of Napa Valley hosts ribbon-cutting, reveals new name
January 2, 2018

Family Service will announce a new name and host a ribbon-cutting and tours of new clinical offices Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Those offices are located at 1700 Second St. in the Robert Louis Stevenson Plaza.

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Family Service of Napa Valley to open new clinical offices
November 13, 2017

Family Service of Napa Valley will offer the public tours of its new clinical offices at 1700 2nd St. at a ribbon-cutting event on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. until noon.

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