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January 4, 2017

Name your fear. A sense of dread strikes you at the thought of having to hop onto a crowded train. You squirm as the doctor approaches you with a needle. You tremble and tuck your head between your legs as the plane warms up its engine. You freeze as your secret crush walks past you. The fear feels raw, instinctive, and no amount of clever argument can liberate you from its clutches, or so you think.

But as Bernard said in Read More

    Can bringing the joy of travel, discovery, and old memories to people who can’t experience them firsthand combat the physical and mental affects of loneliness and isolation?

    Ninety-two-year-old Estelle Paris has never been to France, but on a warm day this past June, she slipped on a virtual reality headset, which allowed her to meander through streets by the Louvre, pop over to Mont Saint-Michel abbey 230 miles away, stop by Times Square in New York City, and journey underwater, just Read More

    There seems to be no dispute that upgrades to behavioral-health and mental-health facilities at Virginia Hospital Center are due. The question is: How to get from here to there?

    Currently tucked away in the hospital’s basement in what originally was seen to be a temporary home, the existing facilities have come under fire from mental-health advocates for being not enough and not conducive to recovery.

    “Ten years later, we’re still waiting” for improvements, said Anne Hermann, who chairs the Arlington Community Services Read More

    On Dec. 12, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced funding awards for pilot programs in six commonwealth jails. The grants will provide expanded services to individuals in the criminal justice system with mental illness. The Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response proposed the mental health pilot projects as a means of establishing evidence-based behavioral health services in local and regional jails, according to a statement issued by the governor’s office.

    “It is imperative that individuals requiring Read More

    ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) applauds a significant victory for the mental health community with the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of HR 34, the 21st Century Cures Act.

    HR 34 will improve mental health care in America and reduce the unnecessary incarceration of people living with mental illness. The bill, which incorporates key provisions from the “Helping Families in Mental Health Act” (HR 2646) that passed the Read More

    Hi All,

    It’s that time of year again: the 2017 Regional Budget Hearings have been announced (see this flyer for dates, times, and locations). NAMI VA is starting the process of recruiting speakers. Our goal is to have at least three speakers at each hearing who can provide testimony at the hearings about state-level mental health funding priorities and issues.

    Speakers are permitted to speak for 3 minutes. Unless you have a volunteer who is willing to stand in line to sign Read More

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