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Aldea to offer free crisis counseling to those impacted by the earthquake

If you or your child are feeling overwhelmed or helpless, having trouble sleeping, or are on edge, Aldea is offering free crisis counseling to both Napa and Solano county residents impacted by the earthquake. Counseling will be offered in both English and Spanish. "We're all trying to assess the damage to our homes and businesses," states Mark Bontrager, Aldea Executive Director, "but we must also pay attention to our mental wellbeing so we can start to heal and move forward."

Crisis counseling is available regardless of income level, but appointments are required. Please call to reserve an appointment in your county:

Napa County: 707-253-0123, ext. 625
Solano County: 707-425-9670, ext. 400

Aldea, a local nonprofit serving more than 2,200 people each year, provides a wide range of mental health, child welfare and support services that focus on identifying, and intervening with, mental and emotional challenges before they become more severe and difficult to treat. Additional information about Aldea can be found on our website or by emailing

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Thank you NorCal NECA!

Thank you Northern California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NorCal NECA)! On August 12th, Darlene Besst and Ruben Perez of NorCal NECA presented a $5,000 check to Aldea Executive Director Mark Bontrager and Director of Behavioral Health Jim Diel at the agency’s offices at Wolfe Center. Perez, General Manager of Napa Electric, recommended Aldea receive a portion of the proceeds from the NorCal NECA 12th Annual Golf Classic.

(Jim Diel, Darlene Besst, Mark Bontrager, Ruben Perez)

Congratulations, A.D.A.P.T. graduates!

"Be honest, be kind, and be courageous in everything you do," advised A.D.A.P.T. Program Manager Jill Steiner-Dong as she spoke to graduates last week during the program's commencement and recognition ceremony. A.D.A.P.T., an Aldea program in partnership with Napa Valley Unified School District, offers a therapeutic setting for special education-qualified high school students with mental health challenges so they can succeed academically. 
On June 4th, family and friends of A.D.A.P.T. students gathered for the program's annual year-end celebration. Three students received their high school diplomas and other A.D.A.P.T. students were acknowledged for their contributions to the program, school and community. Thank you, A.D.A.P.T. staff, and congratulations to the graduates and their families!

Do you know what is observed in May?

In honor of May being both National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Foster Care Month, help reduce the stigma associated with mental health by talking about it! Participate in Young Minds Advocacy’s “Raise the Standard” campaign: print out a copy of their template (found here), fill in what your wish for Youth Mental Health is and post to your Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #MentalHealthWish.

For more information about these nationally recognized celebrations, please see the links below:

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