Carson City nonprofit hosts silent auction for mental health

NAMI Executive Director Laura Yanez said she has her eye on the ‘Spice it Up’ gift basket which includes a Fox Brewpub gift card, hot sauces and dips. All are welcome to view the items up for auction and place bids in support of NAMI at (Photo: Faith Evans / Nevada Appeal)

Hike with goats, cruise for two, monthly Nothing Bundt cakes for a year, and more – the National Alliance on Mental Illness in western Nevada gathered one-time donations for their silent auction on Saturday.
Best of all, they’re already getting offers. Ahead of the live virtual event on Saturday at 6 p.m., people are encouraged to view their full auction bids and place bids on
“We have just been blown away by the support from the community,” said Laura Yanez, Executive Director of NAMI.
She and her team are trying to raise $ 20,000 a year, but it has been difficult during the pandemic. Yanez said they had to cancel their October gala within the past two years. Their goal is to raise $ 10,000 through the auction. Depending on how it goes, NAMI can even make it an annual event.
Much of the funding supports the NAMI hotline. It’s different from a hotline – callers with mental illnesses call for daily assistance from operators with similar experiences.
In an interview in August, Yanez said she saw an increase in demand for hotlines throughout the pandemic. In February 2020, they answered around 200 calls per month. In May, calls climbed to 1,400.
The auction offers Carson City residents the opportunity to support a free service that is in demand.
The virtual event Saturday at 6 p.m. and the first auction offers can be accessed via NAMI Board Member Cherylyn Rahr-Wood and Associate Director John Henley will host the live stream, auction items and discuss mental health resources with viewers.

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