NAMI/CVA is an outstanding award willing organization that was given the Outstanding Affiliate Award for 2017 by NAMI/VA.
The organization touches many lives as evidenced by the people I have met through the solid programs it provides.
The organization has been a major influence on me and my recovery. I wouldn't be in recovery without their support, educational meetings , educational programs, special opportunities and support groups.
The organization has a tireless Executive Director Kathy Harkey and Program Director Jeff Conley who put in long hours and go above and beyond the call of duty. They take their work seriously and are always there for the public as well as its members.
I am glad I was referred to this organization by three different people that I know and trust that were fellow peers. The organization has exceeded my initial expectations tenfold.
When my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia I attempted to get him some help without any real support so years of crucial time was lost. As I began to implode it was suggested that I look for a support group and I found Nami on the internet. Increased understanding, education, resources and the support of others dealing with the same struggles pulled me out the darkness and into the light of recovery and management of the impact of the disease on the whole family as well as the ill son. Over the years I chose to volunteer to help others thru training to become a support group facilitator and joined the board to help in a greater way. The mission and heart of Nami is its people! Extending their reach is crucial to overcoming the epidemic of mental disease as a result of multiple stresses in our society.
I didn't understand what was happening to my child as he began developing a mental illness. I did not have the skills to give him the help he needed. I felt lost. I felt stigma and didn't know who to call for answers. No one would talk to me because I was not the person with the illness. They would only talk with my son but he was too sick to reach out for help and medical care. Feelings of helplessness were with me everyday. Then, I found NAMI-CVA. I learned that I was not alone. I registered in a NAMI-CVA free education class and a NAMI-CVA support group. I learned about the illness my son had developed and about things I could do to help him, myself, and my family. NAMI-CVA provided me with the tools, resources, connections, knowledge, support, and hope I needed. My family and I are still involved with NAMI-CVA because it is an outstanding organization that helps people who have mental illness and the families who love them.
NAMI Central Virginia assists so many families in the Richmond-Petersburg region through their free programs. If you or your family have been affected by mental health challenges, NAMI is the place to be.
NAMI Central Virginia and it's affiliated family support groups really helped improve my relationship with my family. Additionally they've given me an excellent opportunity to do engaging volunteer work related to my skill set.