September e-Newsletter
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NAMI National's blog has recently featured an article written by our very own Tammy Ozolins! Tammy (pictured right, from a recent article with BP Magazine) has contributed an article to the NAMI Blog titled "Why I Decided to Be Open With My Students About My Mental Illness." It is a very moving account, and a testament to the great work NAMI members are doing in our community to break down stigma. Read the full article by clicking this link. Be sure to thank Tammy for all of her recent outreach!
NAMI CVA is proud to announce the 'Words From Our Members' video series! As the name suggests, these videos will feature CVA members sharing personal testimony about their own mental health journey, their experience with NAMI programs, and uplifting words for people struggling to find their way. Each video will be featured on our YouTube channel once released, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel while you're there!

The first completed video features Sarah McFarland. Sarah has been a member of NAMI CVA since 2015, and is an active Family-to-Family leader, In Our Own Voice presenter, and Family Support Group facilitator. She talks about her experience as a peer, family member, and a member of the African American faith community. Check out the full YouTube video by clicking here, or on the image above.

Even in times of social distancing, NAMI CVA continues to offer its free mental health support programs. Several of our Family Support Groups and Connection Support Groups are being offered virtually using Zoom. Registration is required! To sign up for any group, please contact the office by sending an email to or calling 804-285-1749. 

Support groups are named and scheduled in a manner that reflects where they would normally meet in-person. You do not need to reside near that area to attend a particular group. All are welcome!

Family Support Groups - for family/friends of an adult with mental health concerns
  • Lakeside/Henrico - 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of each month @ 6:30 P.M.
  • Bon Air Baptist- 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month @ 6:30 P.M.
  • Mechanicsville - 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month @ 6:30 P.M.
  • For Parents of Youth/Adolescents - last Thursday of each month @ 6:00 P.M.

Connection Support Group - for adults living with mental health concerns
  • Grove Ave. - 1st and 3rd Monday of each month @ 6:30
  • Mechanicsville - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month @ 6:30
  • Monument Ave. - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month @ 6:30
  • For Young Adults ages 18-30 - 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month @ 7:30
The Virginia General Assembly recently convened for a special legislative session on August 20th. Like any session, our friends at NAMI Virginia pay very close attention to what NAMI members need to advocate for, or against. There are several items on the table that have implications for mental health care in the Commonwealth. See the chart of mental health-related bills by clicking here.
Do you shop at Kroger, or order things on Did you know that Kroger and Amazon each have community giving programs? Once a person signs up, the company will donate a small portion of each sale to NAMI CVA at no additional cost! See below for info on how to enroll in both of these great giving programs.

1. Visit, or activate AmazonSmile in the settings for the Amazon app
2. Select NAMI Central Virginia as your non-profit of choice using our ID: 52-1206413
3. Shop on (or ensure the AmazonSmile logo is visible while shopping in the app) for any product excl. digital downloads. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase total to NAMI CVA!

Kroger Community Rewards
1. Visit the Kroger Community Rewards website with your Kroger card readily available
2. Create an individual account, and follow the prompts to link your Rewards Card
3. Next, search for NAMI Central Virginia as your organization by typing in our full name, or using our non-profit code QW892
4. Select NAMI Central Virginia as your nonprofit and click 'Enroll.'
5. Kroger will donate a portion of each sale where your Rewards Card is used. The percentage donated increases with each household that participates!
Check out the video above for some very simple instructions on how to form and customize your very own virtual NAMIWalks Team! We need as many teams and walkers as possible to raise funds to make this year a success. Please be sure to select NAMI Central Virginia as the affiliate you are supporting.  You can also join the NAMI Central Virginia Affiliate Walk Team by clicking this link

The virtual walk will take place on Saturday October 10th. In addition to being the new date for NAMIWalks Virginia, October 10th is also NAMI’s National Day of Hope, as well as World Mental Health Day. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about mental illness, celebrate our successes, and to raise funds for free mental health support programs. 

If you are an adult living with mental health concerns, you won’t want to miss out on this excellent series. NAMI Central Virginia is proud to offer Choices in Recovery - A Free Educational Program to Support Your Mental Health Treatment and Recovery Journey. This group will help attendees identify problems that interfere with personal and treatment goals, and help to empower them to explore solutions that work.

The following topics will be explored:
  • Identifying problems that interfere with personal and treatment goals
  • Empowering to explore individual solutions that work
  • Encouraging attendees to share and partner with their treatment team
  • Discuss supportive treatment options

When: Mondays, Sept. 14, 21, 28, & Oct. 5th 
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.
Where: Online using Zoom Online Meetings
Facilitator: Leah Baldwin LCSW, CSAC

Registration is limited to 15 participants. To sign up, please contact or call 804-285-1749.

About the Facilitator
Leah Baldwin is a licensed clinical social worker, and certified substance abuse counselor currently representing Janssen Neuroscience as a community mental health liaison. She has been working in the Richmond area for about 15 years in a variety of settings. Currently she focuses on providing education and support to individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Her goals are to meet people where they are at, and help them find value, meaning and purpose in their daily lives to support treatment and recovery.