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Mendocino County Mental Wellness Fund

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THE STORY:

The Mendocino County Mental Wellness Fund is our attempt to create something positive after suffering a tragedy. An exceptionally brilliant, funny, capable, son, brother, partner and friend took his own life due to onset of severe delusions after a period of depression. None of us saw it coming, least of all him.

A resident of Mendocino County, he had planned to raise a family. Instead, he died at age 25 from something treatable.

In his memory, it is our hope that we can raise enough funds to help people like him. Citizens of Mendocino County who work and make too much money to qualify for medi-cal, but who cannot afford the added expense of consistent mental health related treatment and/or medicines, and who do not have adequate insurance through their employers.

The $10,000 we hope to raise is just the beginning. This fund will ultimately give people who can work, and do not receive government benefits, an option for care and treatment.

It is our hope that those who need medication will be less hesitant about taking it once they know that the Mendocino County Mental Wellness Fund will cover the cost of their prescriptions during a financially difficult month. The fear of starting a medicine that brings relief only to be forced to stop taking it due to lack of income is terrifying!

This fund has the potential to reduce the need and cost of crisis care, prevent behavioral health relapses, ease the cycle of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, reduce arrests, and prevent suicides and homicides in Mendocino County.

We are not yet able to take on donations, though we're working with a local, charitable foundation and will be able to soon.

If you would like to pledge a future donation amount, or find out more information, please contact us at atypicalcooperative@gmail.com.

If you or a loved one has questions about mental health care in Mendocino County, please call: 1 (707) 964-4747.

If you or a loved one is in crisis, please call: 1-800-555-5906.

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