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August 3, 2016

The Event:  The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, in collaboration with the Virginia Recovery Action Focus Team and the Behavioral Health Advisory Council, presents Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care:  Are We There Yet?, a two-day conference focusing on the implementation and measurement of recovery-oriented behavioral health services.  Information provided during the two days of plenaries and workshops is relevant to treatment providers, peer supporters, system partners, and individuals and families engaged in behavioral health services.  There is no Read More

    The below message is being shared on behalf of NAMI. 

    Dear NAMI Advocates,

    Thanks to you, Congress is SO CLOSE to passing mental health reform…but rumors are circling that the Senate may not act on S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act, leaving it to the next Congress. We can’t let that happen! We would lose most of the ground we have worked so hard to gain.

    Advocacy Network Call: VISIT your Senators during the August recess

    Our next NAMI Advocacy Network Read More

    For a few hours each week, inmates at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center have something in common with many other city residents: they have a garden to take care of.

    The garden is part of a project called “Operation Green Thumb” started by the Sheriff’s Office to help inmates suffering from mental health issues.

    About one third of the 1,300 inmates at the jail have been diagnosed with a mental illness, according to a news release.

    Small groups of three to six inmates Read More

    NAMI Applauds “A Major Step Forward”

    Jul 06 2016

    WASHINGTON—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking “a major step forward” to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness.

    The House passed H.R.2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) by a  vote of 422 to 2.

    NAMI Chief Executive Read More

    Recently, the news has been riddled with devastating stories of terrorist attacks, police brutality, murder, rape, racism and injustice, leaving many of us struggling with difficult emotions. Thanks to technological advances, we are receiving unrelenting minute-by-minute, graphic coverage of these stories with greater speed, intensity and repetition than ever before. For better or worse, the media invites us to share in the loss and trauma of others. And our innate ability to empathize with human suffering puts us at risk for carrying a heavy Read More

    6 people. 3,100 miles. 5 million steps. Meet the runners crossing the country with a message of hope for those suffering from depression, addiction and other disorders.

    They call themselves the Ice Breakers: six runners with a history of mental illness and a coast-to-coast mission.

    Their goal: Break the ice of talking about a once-taboo subject so other sufferers might find help.

    These men and women spent the past few weeks running across America — the first time, they Read More

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