Some of our partners from the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness & Prevention Coalition, who also represent FACES, Chesterfield Mental Health, Chesterfield Dept. of Social Services, & Chesterfield County Public Schools
In This Issue:

When: Saturday October 15th
Check-In: 10:00 A.M.
Start Time: 11:30 A.M.
Location: Innsbrook
4951 Innsbrook Lake Dr.
Glen Allen, VA 23060

NAMIWalks is the largest awareness event & fundraiser of the year, bringing thousands of people together from across the Commonwealth to celebrate recovery and hope. NAMIWalks sends a message to the broader community that mental health matters! Make your voice heard and show your support for Virginians struggling with mental health concerns. 

These last few days are key for NAMIWalks. Here is how you can help!
  • Register as a walker for Walk Day on October 15th 
    • ​Make sure you sign up in support of NAMI CVA so that more funds remain local!
  • Join a local Walk team. Not sure which one? JOIN Team NAMI Central Virginia!
  • Raise funds by reaching out to friends & family. The Walk site has tools to help!

Can't be there on Walk Day? You can still support NAMI CVA by donating to the walk team, or registering as a Virtual Walker.

Let's make this last week count! 
Thursday, October 13th 
7:00 P.M.

Featuring a presentation by:
Debbie Burcham, Executive Director, Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services
"Mental Health Programs in Chesterfield"

Weinstein Jewish Community Center
5403 Monument Ave.
Richmond, VA 23226
Mondays, starting October 10th
6:00 - 8:30 P.M.
First Presbyterian Church
4602 Cary St. Rd.
Richmond, VA 23226
Mondays, starting October 17th
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
107 South 5th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Wednesdays, starting October 19th
6:00 - 8:30 P.M.
NAMI CVA Conference Room
1904 Byrd Avenue, Suite 205
Richmond, VA 23230

New Meetings Added! 
Near West End
1st and 3rd Monday of each month
6:30 - 8:00 PM

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church,
6000 Grove Ave.
Richmond, VA 23226

East End
1st & 3rd Monday of each month
6:30 - 8:00

Henrico Mental Health - Laburnum
4825 S. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23231

NAMI Central Virginia wishes to take a moment to reflect on two astounding gentlemen that have passed away very recently.
    Reverend Robert "Bob" Seiler (left) passed away peacefully at home on September 20th at the age of 97. He truly led a life of service, starting with service in the Army Air Corps. during World War II, followed by his work in the Episcopal church and overseeing various international efforts. He resettled in Richmond in 1974 after taking a position as Executive Director of the Virginia Healthcare Association. 
    Bob is considered by many to be a pioneer of NAMI Central Virginia during the early 1980's. He was involved in much of the initial growth of the affiliate. In addition, he helped lay the groundwork for organizations like the Shepherds Center of Richmond, and Gateway Homes in Chesterfield County. His full obituary can be read here
    Donald Ford (right) passed away peacefully during his sleep on September 23rd during a stay at the hospital. He was 83 years old. Don has been an integral part of NAMI Central Virginia for roughly two decades, and has impacted a countless number of people through those efforts.  
    Don represented NAMI in several capacities throughout the years, including President of the Board of Directors. Perhaps he is most known as a family-presenter for Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training courses, where he would share his story about assisting his daughter with mental illness to hundreds of police and EMS across the region. He was also a key volunteer for NAMI Sharing Hope, a faith-based presentation for African-American congregations. His full obituary can be read here

The NAMI CVA staff wishes to recognize whenever a member passes away. This news does not always come quickly; we rely on contact from the membership and family in order to make this information available. Whenever this occurs, please contact the office as soon as possible.  
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. 

NAMI Basics covers:
  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to  support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child's rights at school and  in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, incl. evidence-based therapies, medications  and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental  health care, school and juvenile justice systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of  mental health conditions on your entire family

Class Details:
Wednesday Evenings, October 19 - November 23
6:00 - 8:30 P.M.
NAMI CVA Conference Room
1904 Byrd Ave. Suite 205
Richmond, VA 23230
To Register: 
Contact Jeff @ 804.285.1749

An Afternoon With Dr. Mohan Agashe

   NAMI Central Virginia and VCU Health Department of Psychiatry are sponsoring a FREE event featuring world-renowned psychiatrist and actor Dr. Mohan Agashe titled “Schizophrenia in Film.” This event will take place on Wednesday, October 19th, from 1:00 – 3:30 P.M. at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, located at 5403 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23226.

            The evening reflects Dr. Agashe’s efforts around “Health in Cinema.” The feature-film ‘Devrai’ will be shown. Devrai is about a young man’s journey through life with schizophrenia, the effects felt by the family, and interactions with the doctor. A question & answer period will follow the film, and light refreshments will be served at the close of the program.

    This is an extremely rare opportunity! In order to attend the event, please call NAMI Central Virginia at 804-285-1749, or register online!    
Dr. Mohan Agashe is a wonderful example of combining one’s passions in a professional life.  After studying medicine and psychiatry at BJ Medical College (Pune), Dr. Agashe selected to pursue a public psychiatry position rather than private practice.  This afforded him the opportunity to engage in his passion, the theatrical arts, while still being able to treat patients. He has held many esteemed positions, including Head of the Department of Psychiatry at B.J. Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals, Mental Health Advisor to the Maharashtra State in India, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Annual National conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society.

This project was supported by the VCU Global Education Office through a 2016-17 Quest Global Impact Award. 
Our very own Andi Chrisman was recently featured on a live webcast hosted by The Mighty, a California-based publishing group  that features content related to serious health conditions. The webcast was recorded early last month, but the recording can still be viewed at this link
    Andi Chrisman is an In-Our-Own-Voice presenter who has a a passion for fostering community around the topic of mental illness. She has extensive knowledge about using the internet as a tool to support others, and has a lot of experience with online support groups & blogs (and our Facebook page!). She is very open about her experience with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which she has shared about in this webcast thru a nationally-known media outlet. Way to go, Andi!  
Roommate Wanted
The NAMI CVA office has been contacted about an availability in the Foxhound neighborhood of North Chesterfield. The house is a Cape Cod-style layout, and the owners are seeking to rent the entire upstairs, asking $400 monthly. 

If interested, please call the CVA office at 804-285-1749.