CVA members gathered at NAMIWalks Virginia 2016
In This Issue

Please join us on November 10th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.
  Featuring a presentation by:
Ananda Pandurangi, M.D.,
Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry VCU/MCV
“Mental Health Updates”

The Meeting Location for this month has changed!
   Monument Heights Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall
5716 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

NAMI Classes
Mondays, beginning December 5th
6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

John Randolph Medical Center
411 W. Randolph Rd.
Hopewell, VA 23860
Thursdays, beginning December 1st
12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Serenity Inc.
 849 S Sycamore St # B,
Petersburg, VA 23803

    NAMI Central Virginia and the Region IV Behavioral Health Consortium held the 'Be Well Virginia' Suicide Prevention Conference on October 5th. Over 150 individuals from several agencies came together to learn more about preventing suicide and identifying suicidal behavior. Like last year, there was so much demand for this event, that all openings were filled within a matter of days. If you were not able to attend, we hope you are able to join us next year!

Below are some highlights from the event:
The two esteemed speakers for the day were Dr. Thomas Joiner, Author & Distinguished Psychology Professor from Florida State University (left), and Dr. Richard McKeon, Chief of the Suicide Prevention Branch at SAMSHA (right). Dr. Joiner spoke in the morning about what motivates individuals to act on suicidal thoughts, and also what prohibits those actions. Dr. McKeon spoke in the afternoon about various tools used to screen for suicide risk. 
The minds (and cast) behind the non-profit film-project 'Hurt,' a movie about teen students and suicidal thoughts. Pictured left to right is Benjamin Brown, Kolby Grimsley, and Josh Grice, Learn more about them and their Virginia-based film company on the official Facebook page.
The left photo features Betty Miller, Pat Stewart, and Patrice Beard working hard at the registration table. The right photo features NAMI Virginia's current MSW Intern Megan Sharkey showing off the table centerpiece donated by Youth M.O.V.E. VA. This was one of seven centerpieces that were donated and later raffled off as door prizes.
The auditorium was packed full of eager individuals wanting to learn more about creating suicide-safe communities. This is a snapshot of the conference attendees as they watched the film 'Hurt' shortly after the delicious taco buffet was served. 
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a global day of Giving! Help NAMI CVA kick off the year-end giving campaign by encouraging donations on #GivingTuesday, a massive global movement that reminds us that the holiday season is a time of giving. 

About #GivingTuesday - an excerpt from the official Giving Tuesday website:

"#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global movement dedicated to giving around the world."

NAMI CVA has joined the #GivingTuesday movement. Stay tuned for more highlights as the campaign moves forward!
    This year's NAMIWalk was held the morning of October 15th, when thousands gathered at Innsbrook to celebrate recovery and express what NAMI means to them. NAMIWalks Virginia is the largest fundraising and awareness event of the year, and is a primary means to provide NAMI programs free-of-charge. This past Walk Day featured great weather, top-notch entertainment, and a powerful message that mental health matters
NAMI CVA is fortunate to have many different teams that Walk in Support of the Afflilate. Here are some longtime supporters of NAMI CVA from The Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes. 
This particular photo is of a team led by our NAMI Connection facilitators. They always do a great job of including group participants in each year's Walk. Great job, guys! 
NAMI superstar Jennifer Giles (second-to-right) is pictured here with several ladies from Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) with whom NAMI has a national partnership with. 
Check out CVA Board Director & Fundraising Chair Howard Twilley and NAMI Supporter Peter Fisher having a victory moment!
The Walk path was lined with several great entertainers to keep the energy up! Here is a picture of two members of The Ben Phelps Project, which includes Jeff Conley, NAMI CVA Program Coordinator.
Some of our friends from the Bremo Pharmacy Walk Team, led by former CVA Board Secretary Keith Kittinger.
The Brenda Backers stop and pose for a group shot before heading out onto the Walk path. Looking good, ladies!
Have fun and meet peers at a free, weekly activity group. The group will alternate between crafts, art, horticulture, photography, and writing activities. No talent or experience required!

NAMI Central Virginia and VOCAL are teaming up to provide creative, relaxing activities for peers once a week.

Mondays from 2:30 to 4 pm, beginning November 14.
Location: NAMI Central Virginia Conference Room at 1904 Byrd Avenue, Suite 207, on the second floor. Turn right when getting off the elevator.

Contact Ann Benner (804)343-1777 or Kathy Harkey (804)285-1749
for more information or to sign up. 
Richmond's Artspace is currently hosting a gallery of works by a young artist, John Terrell, a very talented young artist who died by suicide about one year ago. The gallery, which runs until November 20th, features hundreds of pieces that explore John's story and personal struggles. John's parents are sharing his beautiful work not only as a way to remember their son, but to raise awareness of suicide prevention and the need for proper mental health care. Proceeds from this gallery at Artspace will benefit NAMI Central Virginia, Full Circle Grief Center, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 

Artspace will also host AFSP's International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day on November 19th, to feature several remembrance programs and a speech by John's father, Paul 'Buddy' Terrell. 

NAMI Central Virginia would like to congratulate the latest round of Program Volunteers! These folks are the 'front-line' when it comes to advancing the NAMI Mission through free education & support programs. Let's give a warm welcome to the newest NAMI Connection Support Group and NAMI Peer-to-Peer leaders!

Stan Balducci
Judson Cotterman

                      Jennifer Giles
Knight Williams
Christina Burnette
Sammy P. Stiles
For the last 10 years, Deep Run High School has held a massive local fundraiser known as the Deep Run Marathon Dance. The students hold a long series of mini-fundraisers throughout the school year, raising money to benefit 12 local charities. The final event in the series is the Marathon Dance, a 36-hour dancing celebration held in the spring. 

NAMI CVA has been a recipient of the Deep Run Marathon Dance (DRMD) for the last two years, and they are now beginning the selection process for the 2017 recipients. It is very important that we have several representatives at these micro-fundraisers to show our appreciation for past support and to convey the importance of our work to this year's DRMD Committee. These events are typically held in Short Pump, Innsbrook, & Glen Allen.

The next major event in the series is a Bowling Night at the Short Pump Bowl America on Wednesday evening, November 16th at 6:00 - 8:30 P.M. This is perhaps the best opportunity to have one-on-one time with student committee members that ultimately decide if NAMI CVA will receive proceeds in 2017.

Below is the calendar for all events thru the end of this year, with more to follow in January:

  • November 8th: Pie Five Pizza - Innsbrook
  • November 12: Blood Drive - Short Pump Midas
  • November 16th: Bowling Night - Short Pump Bowl America
  • November 20th: Zumba Night - Deep Run HS Gymnasium
  • December 7th: Pie Five PIzza - Innsbrook
  • December 14th: Jumpology - Virginia Center Commons
Need a meeting space for a small group of 12 or less? NAMI CVA's conference room is now opened up to members that have an appropriate activity that can be hosted here, including support groups, NAMI committee meetings, classes, etc.

For more information or to reserve the room, please contact the NAMI CVA office at 804-285-1749.
in the Local Church - November 19th
Want to reach out to someone with a mental health issue, but you just don’t know how? The Mental Health Ministry in the Local Church conference brings together leaders in psychiatry, ministry, mental health advocacy and related fields to share what CAN be done. Q&A with presenters and connect with ministry staff and lay volunteers from the greater RVA faith community. Great bonus: get the beta version of keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Grcevich’s new book and ministry planning tools for mental health inclusion ministry!

Cost $25 covers all materials, continental breakfast and mid-morning refreshments.

Dr. Stephen Grcevich, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; President and Founder of

Dr. Ananda Pandurangi, Professor and Vice-Chair of the VCU Health System Department of Psychiatry

Robert W. Lesniak, Esq., public law attorney serving the needs of the mentally ill.

Dr. Mark R. Jordan, lead pastor, Ironbridge Baptist Church.

Additional presentations on child abuse prevention and mental health training available to churches.