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May 15, 2018

Family friend Louis recently passed away after a battle with schizophrenia. In his honor, I am raising $30,000 in 30 days on CaringCrowd sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. The money will go towards the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI El Dorado County) specifically to the Family-to-Family program. The program supports family members and friends of loved ones with mental illness. J&J will match up to $250 per any individual donation.

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    May 7, 2018

    Photo above: select members of the NAMI On Campus: Brain Health Leadership club – thank you for your leadership!

    Students at STHS hosted the first Mental Health Faire on campus for students & staff.   The NAMI On Campus: Brain Health Leadership club organized this event supported by NAMI El Dorado County, Barton, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Suicide Prevention Network and the LTUSD.   Read More


    YOU ARE INVITED!!   Join El Dorado County community leaders and hear from Chief Probation Officer on May 16 for a Stepping Up Day of Action Q&A. Stepping Up is a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. The Day of Action is an opportunity for our community to come together to learn about the county’s efforts to connect people to treatment and services instead of jails. Event Location: Lake Tahoe Community College Read More

    19-Mar-2018: Dr. Sonia Rupp and future doctors guest present at STHS’s NAMI On Campus: Brain Health Leadership club.   Thank you for the education and tips!

    Dr. Sonia Rupp, Psychiatrist (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) shared the history of psychiatry over the past 200 years and the various improvements in treatments discovered.  Dramatic improvements have been made particularly in the past 20 years. Dr. Rupp introduced her daughter who earned her Read More

    A special thank you to Dr. Matt for supporting the NAMI On Campus “Brain Health Leadership Club” at South Tahoe HS this week…he shared his journey towards working as a Clinical Psychologist. Lots of great Q&A…He briefly touched on addiction and asked “how many of you could go 24 hours without looking at your phone?” (-:

    This student-led club has a mix of all grade levels.  Students have expressed interest in a variety of careers many involving brain health!   Read More

    January update: The Stepping Up Initiative in our county: The number of people with mental illness in U.S. jails has reached crisis levels. In counties across the nation, jails now have more people with mental illnesses than in their psychiatric hospitals. El Dorado County’s Vision, Mission established. Mission: To reduce the negative impact of incarceration on people with mental illnesses who have potentially committed an offense, by preventing their unnecessary booking into jail. Vision: Improve Lives while ensuring public safety. Beliefs: 1) Offenders with Read More
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