Fall I Newsletter
In This Issue:
Hello to our NAMI Central Virginia family and happy October.

    NAMI Central Virginia’s success in enhancing, protecting and continuing our hard-earned programs relies on a strong and engaged membership. Now more than ever, we need your voice, support and participation.

    A member recently shared with me that she stays involved with NAMI Central Virginia because we provide her with a much-needed voice in the programs supporting our loved ones suffering and their friends & family standing with them. With engaged members, NAMI CVA can provide one powerful voice that represents all who are suffering from a mental illness as well as those friends and family who support them. Our strength stems from having everyone on our team, from our loved ones that suffer to our NAMI CVA members, to our board members and elected officials at all levels. NAMI CVA recognizes that it requires a full team to complete our mission of advocating for the ones who suffer by regularly connecting with them and the community. Whether listening to our own members or joining forces with state and national coalitions or other partners, we can not go it alone.

    We are privileged to have partners and sponsors who regularly lend their voices and resources, enabling us to successfully continue serving our membership and others affected. I strongly believe in creating a team around NAMI CVA that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Only with many diverse voices are we able to shape legislative action to enhance and improve our cause. Make no doubt about it, we find ourselves at a tipping point to continue driving our mission at all levels of government; local, state and federal for continuing our campaign on bringing awareness and advocacy to our 

    Now more than ever, NAMI CVA could benefit from a continuation of experienced voices. If you really care about our loved ones that suffer and their caretakers, lend us your voice today and pay it forward. As citizen members, not just residents of our communities, we all have a social and moral responsibility, if not an obligation, to never stop trying to support those with mental illness, if even in small ways. 

All my best and let’s continue our mission,
The Annual Walk is just a few days away! NAMIWalks Virginia brings people from all across the state to Innsbrook to participate in this huge awareness event. What a great way to raise funds and promote the great work that NAMI does. The event draws over 2,000 people each year, and the reach keeps growing! 

​The event will once again be held near Innsbrook, at 4951 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Check-In is at 10:00 A.M., and the Walk starts at 11:30!

Here is a new development: NAMI Central Virginia has an affiliate team this year! With so many fantastic teams supporting the Walk, it can be hard to decide which group to walk with. If you aren't already signed up for one of the existing teams, now you can join the NAMI CVA team and support the Walk with some familiar faces! 

As an added little bonus, each $10 donated to the NAMI Central Virginia team counts as an entry to a raffle for a Martin's Gift Card! Donations can be made until October 17, 2015 to be included in the raffle. The winner will be announced on Facebook after the walk and the winner will be contacted privately.

Looking to Lend a Hand at the Walk?
NAMIWalks Virginia is looking for volunteers to help on Walk Day. The current need is mostly for parking, set up, and clean up after the event. If you are interested in helping out, use the link below to sign up! Thank you!

Can't come to the Walk?
Be a Virtual Walker!
Even if you can't physically attend the Walk this year, you can still be a Virtual Walker! Virtual Walkers can still register, join a team, and raise funds as usual without being physically present on the 17th. The NAMIWalks online platform has made it easier than ever to be a Walk supporter, wherever you are! 
Good Neighbor Community Services and John Randolph Behavioral Health invite you to attend "Cornhole for a Cause". The goal of this event is Suicide Prevention and Awareness. All proceeds from this event will be donated to support the upcoming Walk!

Warm-ups will begin at 5:30pm
Tournament will start at 6:00pm

Cost: $25 per person
RSVP: Artie Haraway, aharaway@goodneighborcs.com or (804) 721-0622
NAMI Central Virginia is now hosting a new free youth program in partnership with Youth Move VA and United Methodist Family Services called HopeVoice! 

What is HopeVoice? It is a youth-guided activity-based group for teens ages 13-19 who have experience with a personal or family-related mental health condition. This is a relaxed environment for young people to come to, meet other teens, and join in on some fun activities! 

All personal stories and experiences are confidential and will not be shared. Pizza and refreshments are served at the group.

For more information contact Jeff Conley at (804) 285-1749, or email
Recently a brochure was mailed out about Pledge Direct, a hassle-free method to donate to NAMI-CVA! Pledge Direct is a great way to give the same amount every month. Your gift arrives automatically through electronic funds transfer from your checking account or credit or debit card.  Pledge Direct saves time and money with no more stamps, checks, or worries!

Contact or visit the NAMI-CVA office today for information on Pledge Direct giving.  We can be reached at 804-285-1749 by phone, at info@namicentralvirginia.org by email, or by mail at the address below:

NAMI Central Virginia
P.O. Box 18086
Richmond, VA 23226-8086
    The 2015 Suicide Prevention Summit was held on September 30th at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. The event was organized by NAMI CVA in partnership with the Region IV Community Service Boards, and the Region IV Behavioral Health Wellness & Prevention Division. The Summit provided attendees with knowledge about several facets of what makes suicide prevention work in a community.
   Several professionals were brought in to facilitate workshops and speak on their expertise. The day began with a powerful opening by keynote speaker Dr. Allison Jackson from Richmond Dept. of Social Services on trauma-informed care. Afterwards, several breakout sessions were offered on a variety of topics related to suicide: veterans, college campuses, surviving a loss, risk factors/warning signs, advocacy, and existing prevention programs. 

The need for a Summit like this is huge, as evidenced by the massive response NAMI CVA received once the event was announced. Over 140 individuals RSVP'ed in a matter of five days! Everyone was eager to gain more knowledge about how to be more effective in preventing suicide in Central Virginia.
Do you follow us on Facebook?

Do you know how you can get up to the minute news on NAMI CVA, the latest news on psychology and mental illnesses, and inspiring images to get you through the day? You can get that all at NAMI CVA’s Facebook page! Learn about new studies, legislation, coping skills, and explore articles on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses. Stay up to date on the latest NAMI news and enter our NAMIWalks donation raffle! 

Are you looking to connect online with others about NAMI CVA?

Connect with other volunteers through Facebook! To make it easier for NAMI supporters to talk to each other about ways to promote awareness, share opportunities to promote NAMI CVA, and talk about what we’d like to see, we have started a closed Facebook group for discussing advocacy and brainstorming how to best promote NAMI CVA. To join click here. You do not have to be an active volunteer to join, just someone who wants to help further NAMI CVA’s cause.

Note: The discussion group is for conversation about NAMI Programs and events. For information on support groups and other support services, please reach out to the office at 804-285-1749 or visit www.namicentralvirginia.org.
    At 6:00 P.M. on September 17th, the 2015 Amazing Raise came to a close. Over 100 local charities participated, and this was NAMI CVA's third year being among the participating organizations. The 36-hour online fundraiser hosted by The Community Foundation helps NAMI CVA expand and continue community outreach. This year NAMI CVA was extremely successful in increasing participation and donation amounts from last year.
 Thank you to everyone who participated in The Amazing Raise! This continued support helps NAMI CVA to increase community involvement and spread our cause to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness and their loved ones. 
Over the last several months, the NAMI CVA staff and several board directors have been involved in a Standards for Excellence process offered through the Cameron Foundation and the Greater Richmond Partnership for Non-profit Excellence (PNE). The process involved several workshops on how to best meet this series of standards that are considered best-practices for non-profit organizations across the country. CVA was one of four organizations chosen to be a part of this program in 2015.

After the workshops concluded, a lengthy application process began which involved very careful review of virtually all of NAMI CVA's policies and procedures, in addition to codifying policies that were "inherited" from NAMI National. The application was completed in late September. 

On October 22nd, NAMI CVA will be formally recognized for meeting the basic requirements set forth by the Standards for Excellence. This recognition will take place at the Cameron Foundation's 11th Anniversary Celebration, where NAMI CVA will receive the Handy L. Lindsey Award for Excellence In Organizational Management. This is truly a prestigious honor coming from one of the most respected philanthropies in Central Virginia.

A huge thanks goes out to the Cameron Foundation, PNE, and all those who helped complete the Standards for Excellence process! 
NAMI Family-to-Family - Hopewell
Mondays, 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.
October 5th - December 14th

John Randolph Medical Center - Wellness Pavilion Conference Room
411 W. Randolph Rd.
Hopewell, VA 23860

Teachers: Mandy Spence and Ronnika Davis

NAMI Basics - Ashland
Mondays, 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.
October 12th - November 16th

Hanover County Dept. of Social Services
12304 Washington Hwy
Ashland, VA 23005

Teachers: Patrice Beard and Cristy Corbin
There are a lot of exciting events coming up this fall! Here are a couple of health fairs at which we will need volunteers to spread the word about what NAMI CVA is all about.

October 14th - City of Richmond Health and Safety Fair: 9 AM - 3 PM @ Richmond Convention Center 

October 22nd - CVC Charity Campaign @ Virginia Dept. of Taxation. Details to follow.
The fall training season is well-underway. We wish to take a moment to congratulate all of the NAMI Central Virginia members that have completed a recent training! 
Family Support Group: 

Susan Franzak
Tim Franzak
Sharon Moran
Gloria Green
Theresa Cammarata


Cherisa Hutson
Children's Challenging Behaviors:

Cristy Corbin
Melissa Hammack 
Paula Harstad
Diana Donnelly 
There were also several folks trained recently in NAMI Peer-to-Peer and NAMI Connection. More photos to follow! 
Katelynn Jarrells
This month, we would like to recognize Katelynn Jarrells in our Volunteer Spotlight. 

Katelynn moved to the area from Stafford County to study social work at VCU. She first learned about NAMI while doing research for a paper on serious mental illness. She was later connected with NAMI CVA through her work as an intern with the Children's Mental Health Resource Center.

This past spring, she contacted the CVA office wanting to know more about getting involved with programs and volunteer opportunities. She has since been trained in NAMI: Ending the Silence, the signature NAMI presentation for youth and adolescents. Her role is to tell the "young adult story" about her lived experience as a teenager and her transition to life in college.

Not long after that training, Katelynn decided that she wanted her senior internship for the BSW program to be with NAMI. She began working in the CVA office twice per week in September, under the supervision of Kathy Harkey and Amanda Long from NAMI Virginia. 

So next time you're in the CVA office, make sure you give her a warm welcome!