Mission: Provides support to individuals living with a mental illness and families, and seeks opportunities to allow these individuals to live and work in their communities. Carries out education programs to inform individuals, families, and local community about mental illness and recovery. Programs are provided for free to participants.
Programs: Peer to peer (p2p)-free, 10 week recovery education course for adults living with a mental illness. P2p helps participants maintain recovery through peer support, lectures, discussion, coping and mindfulness excercises. It is facilitated by a team of trained nami peer mentors.
in our own voice (ioov)is a free, 90 minute public education program that consists of presentations to interested community groups by two individuals who share their personal stories of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. The primary goals of this program are to reduce stigma about mental illness and to promote hope and a better understanding of how mental illness affects individuals, their families, and the community. Presentations were made at hospitals, to police officers, to faith groups, at schools, and to family members of loved ones living with mental illness.
other programs sponsored, supported, or coordinated by nami northern virginia are: family to family, a free, 12 week learning and support program to learn more about mental illness that has affected their loved ones; basics, a free 6 week learning and support program for parents and caregivers of childreen and teens with behavioral, mental or emotional challenges; connections, a free biweekly recovery support group for adults living with mental illness facilitated by a team of trained nami peer mentors; and family support groups located throughout northern virginia. Nami nova also provides a "help line" through telephone and email to assist individuals and their families identify support groups and other resources in the local communities, including educational offerings, government programs, and other sources of information critical to individuals and families who may be in crisis and otherwise seeking help; staff and volunteers respond to hundreds of calls every year. Further nami nova provides presenters for police crisis intervention team training and advocates for local programs to help members and others in need of assistance. Nami northern virginia holds an annual awareness walk to help get the word out to the community about our programs and the importance of community involvement in addressing the needs of individuals and families living with mental illness. Through the family/parent support partner program, youth and families receive help navigating systems and resources and building resiliency and coping skills.