In This Issue:

NAMI CVA General Meeting
Thursday, September 8th @ 7:00 P.M.
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue
Featuring a presentation by:
Dr. John Lindstrom, Exec. Director, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
"Mission of RBHA - RBHA Programs"

NAMI Family-to-Family Educaton
Thursday Evenings, beginning September 8th
6:00 - 8:30 P.M.
Bon Air United Methodist 
1645 Buford Rd. Richmond, VA 23235
Instructors: Anne Logan & Connie Brecht

Support Group for Parents of Youth with Mental Health Concerns
Last Thursday of every month
6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
NAMI Central Virginia Conference Room - new location!
1904 Byrd Ave Suite 205, Richmond, VA 23230
Facilitators: Diana Donnelly & Melissa Hammack 

'Be Well VA' 2016 Suicide Prevention Conference
October 5th, 2016
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave
Space is very limited, so RSVP soon! Volunteers are also needed!
Programs are the lifeblood of NAMI affiliates. NAMI-CVA is very active with these programs in the community, and we're continuing to grow each year. We need more volunteers to join the team! When trained in a NAMI Program, you become part of the front-line that battles stigma, engages the community, and makes a profound impact on individuals & families affected by mental illness.

Being a program volunteer entails either teaching a class, leading a support group, or speaking to a wide audience about mental health. Many of our current volunteers do more than one of these activities! There is a lot of flexibility around your schedule.

If you want to get involved, reach out to Program Coordinator Jeff Conley via email at, or call the office at 804-285-1749. Below is the schedule of trainings this fall. All will be held in Richmond with the final location to be determined. Don't delay, call today! 

Support Group Facilitator Training
October 8th - 9th 

Mentor Training
October 21st - 23rd

Facilitator Training
November 12th -13th

Mentor Training
November 18th -20th

In-Our-Own-Voice Presenter Training
December 10th - 11th

As we move into the last half of the year, health fairs become more frequent all over the region. NAMI CVA needs volunteers to help us table all of the different events coming up. We usually ask volunteers to commit for two-hour blocks of time, although people are welcome to work as they please. See below for more details:

10th Annual 'We Care' Festival
Saturday, August 27th 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. 
701 E. Brookland Park Blvd. 

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
This campaign involves several events for State Employees to donate to charity. They always occur during weekday business hours and are announced one-at-a-time. 
    The NAMI CVA Nominating Committee is working on the 2017 slate of Board of Directors and Officers.Nominations are needed from our membership. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know, click here to download the nomination form. If you are not a member and have an interest to serve in this way please let us know. We are looking for people who can attend a Board meeting on the first Thursday of each month from September to June. Board participation is a 3 year commitment with work assignments identified at our meetings. Working together, we enhance the lives of the people we serve. The committee will be happy to answer any questions. 

While there is a mailing address listed, you can also email complete forms to 

Thank you! 
-Committee Chair, Sherwood Atkins; Administrative Chair, Tessa Shuk. 
    If you happened to be in the area on June 16th, you may remember the tornado-like storm that swept through the region that evening. 1904 Byrd Avenue, the building where the NAMI-CVA office is housed, lost part of the roof in that storm, causing a massive amount of water to enter the building. Unfortunately for us, the second floor absorbed most of the damage. A lot of items in the NAMI CVA suite were destroyed, including NAMI program brochures, a laser printer, two desks, and the brand new conference room table.   

     The office was closed for several days as contractors and insurance adjusters began their work. The ceiling tiles were destroyed, causing dust and plaster to seep into equipment and furniture. The carpets were soaked, and a lot of mold/mildew was discovered. Many of the neighbors continued to work in their suites, but the damage in 207 and 205 (the conference room) displaced the NAMI CVA staff for a little over a month. 
    The good news is that nobody was injured, and the office's insurance policy will help recover some of what was lost. NAMI Virginia stepped in and helped field phone calls in the immediate wake of the storm. All NAMI signature programs offered by NAMI CVA continued in the community, regardless of the damage. While the normal flow of operations was interrupted, things are slowly but surely getting back on track.
    The NAMI CVA Board and Staff wish to thank everyone for their patience as this situation was resolved. Operations resumed August 5th in the original office suite, complete with fresh paint, carpet, ceiling tile, and trim!
    The Board and Staff of NAMI CVA would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the 2016 NAMI Central Virginia Annual Golf Tournament for making this the best year yet! It was a fantastic event with 20 teams of golfers eager to play for the top prizes, not to mention over 30 door prizes that were donated. Several thousand dollars were raised for free mental health programs in Central Virginia. NAMI CVA would like to recognize the top-tier sponsors that really went above and beyond in setting a new standard for the Golf Tournament. 
Dinner Sponsor
Platinum Sponsors

The Premier Players
Hole-In-One Sponsor

Silver Sponsors
Commonwealth Accounting Systems
Kimberly Giancaspro, L.C.S.W.
Tufco Flooring - Doug Ring
The Stuller Family
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
Golf Donors
Arthur & Rosalind Chambliss
Sarah Steadman
Patricia Stewart
Andrea Yoak
Kit Sullivan, D.D.S.
October 15th, 2016 – Save the Date!
NAMIWalks Virginia 2016 is right around the corner!

    Come join the thousands of individuals at Innsbrook in Glen Allen on October 15th for a day dedicated to inspiring hope, improving lives, and fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness. There will be a whole hosting of fun activities and vendors with valuable mental health-related information, followed by the Walk itself – a 5k that winds throughout the lovely Innsbrook complex.

    The proceeds from NAMIWalks will assist NAMI Central Virginia and other affiliates in providing free mental health support and education to thousands of people in the community. These programs are vital to so many individuals and families that have struggled with the challenges mental illness can present. Help us stomp out stigma, strengthen NAMI’s presence, and improve lives!
    So how does one get involved with NAMIWalks? Check out these easy steps to show your support for NAMI Central Virginia. Opportunity exists even if you can’t be present on Walk Day. Below is information on registration, forming teams, collecting donations, and volunteering.

  • Register for the Walk here. Be sure to select NAMI Central Virginia as your affiliate so that your individual fundraising efforts benefit NAMI programs in the metro Richmond-Petersburg region.
  • Join a team, or create your own! Being part of a Walk Team adds to the fun, and there are prizes for teams and captains that go the extra mile. 
  • All local walkers are welcome to join the NAMI Central Virginia Affiliate Team! 
  • Can’t be at the Walk? Register as a virtual walker, or click here to donate to a specific Walker or Walk Team.
  • Use the online tools to collect and track donations. These tools include template emails & letters, content for social media, and more!
  • Share your story – Share why mental health and NAMIWalks are important to you to help inspire and educate others.
The Opening Plenary of the 2016 NAMI Convention, featuring Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy
    The 2016 NAMI National Convention was held in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado from July 6th - 9th. NAMI CVA staff members Kathy Harkey and Jeff Conley attended the Convention along with over 20 other members from Virginia. The week was packed full of the latest developments in mental health, including a lot of emphasis on first-episode psychosis, the NAMI stigmaFree campaign, promoting youth-involvement in advocacy, and the passage of the Mental Health Reform Act in the U.S. House of Representatives that Wednesday.
    Below, you will see a few highlights from the 2016 convention. NAMI National has made much of the information available on the convention page of their website. Click here to view the entire collection of Convention photos and Powerpoint Presentations. Audio recordings of each workshop are also available for purchase.
One large exhibit hall is filled with various vendors for "Poster Sessions." Attendees gather samples and information from a variety of different entities: research companies, large residential treatment centers, NAMI affiliates with unique programs, authors, nutritionists, therapy-animal groups, and more! 
These two shots above are from the Annual Business Meeting, where the National Board gives updates on the current state of the organization as a whole. On the left, Treasurer Bob Spada gives a breakdown of expenses. On the right, Executive Director Mary Gilberti announces the latest companies to take the Stigmafree pledge. 
Three young men have driven "The Chicken Car" across the United States as a unique way of starting the conversation about NAMI and mental health awareness. Click here to read about their journey!
Jail Diversion programs have always been a central topic at NAMI. This was a panel discussion around the national 'Stepping Up' initiative, which addresses the crisis of inadequate care in jails, and the resulting high-risk of
recidivism once inmates re-enter the community.
Kyle MacNevin & Kayley Reed are the young founders of clothing company Wear Your Label. Their clothing line includes inspirational quotes regarding mental illness such as "It's OK not to be OK" and "Anxious, but Courageous." In addition to garment care, the tags of their items include tips for self-care. 
Several people from Virginia came together for a final photo at the close of the Convention. Shout out to the 4 young folks pictured here that are also a part of National's Youth Advisory Group!
Graduates of the PTA Training from CVA, Northern Virginia, and Virginia Beach
NAMI CVA recently held three regional trainings, one of which was Parents and Teachers as Allies (PTA), a program that is new to NAMI CVA. Let's take a minute to congratulate all of the NAMI CVA members that recently completed a program training and are ready to take our mission of support and advocacy into the community! ​
NAMI Connection: 
Amber Yagel
Alan Weinstein
Celti Hanson Benedict
Gary Stafford
Cavennia Calloway
Sam Spencer
Ending the Silence:
Arianna Gray
Kenedy Ward
Patrice Beard
Jamie Elzie

Parents and Teachers as Allies:
Arianna Gray
Kennedy Ward
Marti Miller
Judy Wolfe
Patrice Beard
Jamie Elzie
  Darryl's journey with mental illness led him to NAMI-CVA in 2012. Since joining, he has become one of CVA's most active and reliable volunteers. He is pictured to the right with his wife April at the 2016 Awards Banquet.

Perhaps Darryl is most well known for his frequent In-Our-Own-Voice presentations. He is always willing to engage members of the community through this program, and often steps in as a substitute on a moments notice. His vibrant and warm personality has left great impressions on NAMI-CVA's Crisis Intervention Team partners, and several local hospital partners. Many of the calls received at the CVA office reference information that "a friendly man named Darryl" provided to folks in need. 

Outside of In-Our-Own-Voice, Darryl also presents Sharing Hope, and frequently volunteers at health fairs in Northside, Manchester, and Church Hill. When not doing work for NAMI, Darryl enjoys volunteering with his church, spending time with his wife & son, and playing percussion with some musical groups around town.