Spring Newsletter I
In This Issue
Having an Impact
NAMI-CVA has earned remarkable credibility with the Virginia General Assembly. During a recent meeting I had with some senior General Assembly members, I was personally told “Of all of the organizations, NAMI-CVA is the one we rely on……..NAMI-CVA brings defensible analysis to us and always offers solutions and recommendations.”

The reality is, NAMI-CVA must build and grow our membership numbers to sustain our influence and access. It is incumbent upon each of us to help NAMI-CVA grow. We must connect with the next generation. They will carry our legacy forward. I need your help to convey the message that what we do today, affects not only people living with mental illness now and the people that love and  care for them, but those who will be  suffering twenty years from now and beyond. 

You are all ambassadors for NAMI-CVA. Social persuasion is very powerful and sometimes all it takes to gain a new member, is simply asking one to join. If you believe in NAMI-CVA and the great work we do, please do all you can to help us grow, sustain the momentum, and never stop participating in NAMI-CVA events.

In closing, you can always help pave the way for NAMI-CVA initiatives by emailing, old fashion postal mailing, and calling your local state senator and delegate.
Until next month, Vince
7:00 - 8:30 PM
​featuring a presentation by:

Ms. Andrea Yoak, Esq., Director of Thompson McMullan, P.C.
"Guardianship/Surrogate Decision-Making"

Meeting Location:
Weinstein Jewish Community Center
5403 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA 23226
Come join us for a great day of fun!

It's almost time for NAMI Central Virginia's 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament! 
What: 18 Holes of fun and challenging play! 
Tournament Features:
Captain's Choice teams of 4
Lunch provided by NAMI-CVA
Dinner catered by King's Korner
Hole-in-one car
Longest putt competition
Closest to the pin contest
Door prizes
Goody bags for all players

When: May 16th, 2016, 11:00 A.M. Registration, 1:00 Tee Time
Where: The Country Club at the Highlands, 8136 Highland Glen Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23838

How: $125.00 per player, which includes lunch, dinner, cart, green fees, two mulligans, and two tickets for beer, available non-alcoholic drinks or bottled water. 

Why: 100% of proceeds benefit NAMI-CVA programs, support groups, and resources!
Registration: Golfers and sponsors can send paper Registration Forms to our office with checks for fees included, or click here to register online
Thank You, Golf Tournament Sponsors!
2016 Golf Tournament Dinner Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors: 

The Premier Players
The Midlothian-Chesterfield Kiwanis Club

Hole-in-One Sponsor: 
Pence Nissan

Silver Sponsors:
Commonwealth Accounting Systems
Commonwealth Counseling Associates
The Stuller Family
Tufco Flooring - Doug Ring

Hole Sponsors:
Abbey and Beth Barclay
Caring Companions - Don Burresci
Glory Days Grill
Flora Irvin & Barry and Kathy Harkey
Susan Kalanges
King's Korner Enterprises
The Shuk Family
Howard & Evelyn Twilley
Margaret Twilley

Prize Sponsors:
​Abbey & Beth Barclay
Capital Ale House
Cheesecake Factory
Costco - West End
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Haley Buick GMC
Hermitage Country Club
Keswick Hall & Golf Club
Lee's Hill Golf Club
Leviner Wood Custom Tailors & Shirt makers
Lexus of Richmond
Magnolia Green
Old Hickory Golf Club
Prince George Golf Club
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Science Museum of VA
Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Target - Chester
Target - Short Pump
Target - VA Center Commons
Target - Westchester Commons
Texas Roadhouse - Chesterfield Towne Center
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The Crossings Golf Club
The Richmond Symphony
The Tobacco Company Restaurant
Trader Joe's
Traditional Golf Properties
Virginia Fine Arts Museum
Virginia Historical Society
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Windy Hill Golf & Sports Complex

Support Sponsors:
Andrea Yoak
Kit Sullivan
Arthur & Rosalind Chambliss

Here are upcoming events where volunteers are needed. If interested, please contact 804-285-1749 or info@namicentralvirginia.org.

Thursday, May 12th - Help needed at CVA Office to prepare Goody Bags for                                        May 16th Golf Tournament, time TBD

Thursday, May 19th - Mental Wellness Fair, 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. 
                                     McGuire VA Hospital, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd.
                                     Richmond, VA 23224
The 3rd Annual NAMI-CVA Awards Banquet was held the evening of April 21, 2016. Over 150 individuals came together for a delicious meal and to recognize this year's mental health champions in the region. The Awards Ceremony was followed by a compelling presentation on Mental Health & Trauma-Informed Care by Dr. Allison Jackson.

The auditorium at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center was filled with people from all facets of the community: medical professionals, law enforcement, directors/staff from local Community Service Boards, NAMI-CVA members, public officials, local students, reporters from Channel 8, and more!  

The individuals recognized at the banquet are hailed as true leaders in the world of mental health. While there are so many deserving individuals throughout Central Virginia, this year's award recipients have excelled above-and-beyond when it comes to taking care of others and introducing change. Here are some of the highlights from the evening: 
Sherwood Atkins (right) presenting the NAMI-CVA Distinguished Community Partner Award to
Deep Run Marathon Dance Students and Committee Members. Not only have these students included NAMI-CVA  as Marathon Dance recipients twice, but they've also connected friends with mental health support and have pushed to have more mental health focus at Deep Run High School.
Howard Twilley presents the CIT Officer of the Year Award to Deputy Matthew Gathright.
Deputy Gathright is hailed by colleagues for deescalating a suicide attempt with his crisis
intervention skills and natural empathy towards others.
Holly McCormack, Peer Support Specialist for the District 19 Crisis Assessment Center, was awarded the Mental Health Services Award. Holly gives 110% when serving clients' needs, and makes much-needed connections with peers as a friend and listener.
Pictured above is NAMI-CVA Board President, Vince Cammarata and Henrico County Officer David Miller, recipient of the NAMI-CVA Members' Choice Award. Officer Miller personally provided comfort, support, and transportation to a NAMI-CVA member in crisis.
Dickie King (left), owner of King's Korner Enterprises, is awarded the Outstanding Contributions Award for his support of many NAMI-CVA events. His company has catered food to virtually every function in the last few years at a tremendous discount. Dickie has also been a recurring sponsor for the Golf Tournament.
Pat Stewart (left) presents Betty Miller with the NAMI-CVA Volunteer Champion Award. Betty has personally connected with countless families, engaging them in NAMI programs and offering countless hours of support, not just in person via Family Support Group and Family-to-Family, but also over the phone (across all hours of the day) via the NAMI-CVA Helpline. 
Kathy Harkey presents the Joshua S. Collins Award for Excellence to Kelly Furgurson. Kelly is the Director of Assessment, Emergency, and Medical Services for RBHA, and is also the Richmond CIT coordinator. He is largely responsible for the training of over 200 police officers through Richmond's CIT program. Kelly had a large hand in the development of the Crisis Triage Center at Chippenham Hospital. 
Dr. Allison Jackson breaks down the human brain' with this fun little exercise using one's fist. Her presentation outlined what trauma is, its diminishing effects on brain development & function, and how trauma may contribute to mental health disorders.
Choices in Recovery has a new program! The first Virginia showing will be in Richmond on  May 26th at 6:30 P.M. at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Please join us on May 26th for a delicious meal, followed by a compelling Choices in Recovery program entitled, "Making Decisions Together" by Leland Stephan MA, LCSW. The event and catered dinner is provided at no charge but RSVP's are required. Act fast because seats fill up quickly! 

Simply call 804-285-1749 to RSVP, or email info@namicentralvirginia.org. 

Lee Stephan has degrees in Psychology from Purdue University and Ball State University and an Indiana License in Clinical Social Work. Mr. Stephan has worked in various clinical and management positions in the Mental Health and Addictions service system over the past 36 years. He is currently the Director of services for Adults with Serious Mental Illness for Community Health Network, a General Healthcare system with 5 hospitals, many satellite offices and 11,000 employees. In 2003, Mr. Stephan was recognized as ‘Provider of the Year’ by NAMI-Indiana. He is also a principle with LL Stephan Associates, LLC, a mental health consulting firm.
Saturday, June 4th, 2016 
4:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Doubletree by Hilton Richmond-Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23235
The NAMI Virginia Annual Meeting is just a month away! 

Come celebrate as NAMI Virginia honors 2016 award recipients including Outstanding Affiliate, Hope Award, Spirit of Recovery, Young Leader, and the Legislative Champion Award. The Annual Meeting will also feature the year-in-review with highlights of top achievements, a finance review, and updates on current activities. Newly elected board members will be announced and we will recognize board members whose terms are ending. Following the meeting there will be a short reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

As quoted on the Channel 8 website, "8 News Anchor Amy Lacey is taking the mental health conversation to the airwaves." Faces of Recovery is a mini-series on mental health and those affected by serious challenges. Amy Lacey is highlighting personal stories, sharing resources, and prompting some much-needed conversation around the topic. One of her visits was to the NAMI Central Virginia office to chat with Program Director Kathy Harkey. Please visit the channel 8 website to see previous recordings in the series. Click here or on the image above to check out Kathy Harkey in Faces of Recovery.
NAMI Central Virginia is always looking for volunteers! You can volunteer to help with programs, community events, or administrative work. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the main office by phone at 804-285-1749, or by email at info@namicentralvirginia.org.

Dedicated volunteers make NAMI Central Virginia’s programs work. Each program requires facilitators with lived experience to connect with members of the community. NAMI-CVA is always seeking volunteers to teach classes, facilitate support groups, and do informative mental health presentations throughout the community. 

Community Events
NAMI Central Virginia often has a presence at various community events and health fairs. Volunteers are needed to staff the booths, distribute literature, and answer questions the general public may have of us.

The NAMI Central Virginia staff has created administrative volunteer opportunities around a handful of office tasks, such as:
General Meeting Notices
Follow-up with class participants
Creating surveys
Community outreach
​Making phone calls

NAMI Central Virginia needs volunteers to advocate with legislators. This work can range from in-person visits with legislators to email or phone contact with legislative offices. If you would like to receive advocacy training, please contact the main office about our NAMI Smarts program.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is a group of volunteers that oversees the operation of NAMI Central Virginia. Board members are elected for limited terms, and new board members are nominated each year. 

NAMI-CVA, in partnership with John Randolph Medical Center, is having a clothing drive to assist people living with mental illness in District 19 who are in need of clothing. 

Clean clothes can be dropped off at the NAMI-CVA satellite office at John Randolph Medical Center's Wellness Pavilion, 411 West Randolph Rd., Hopewell, VA 23860. The Wellness Pavilion is the building to the right of the main hospital. NAMI-CVA's office is the first door on the left upon entering the building.

If no one is in the NAMI-CVA office at John Randolph Medical when you arrive, clothes can be put in the "Clothing Drive" box located in the corner of the office.

For more information, call 804-285-1749.

Have something to submit to the NAMI CVA Classifieds section?
Contact the office today! 

Seeking Room for Rent: On behalf of some NAMI CVA members, we are looking to connect with someone who may have a room in an apartment or house to rent. If you know of an available room, please contact the office at 804-285-1749.