January 2021 Letter from the Executive Director
Happy New Year! Did you make a New Year’s resolution? NAMI Virginia’s New Year’s resolution is to make Virginia a better place for individuals living with a mental illness and their families. We’re building on a strong 2020! Here are just some of last year’s accomplishments:
- NAMI Adult Education Programs and Support Groups in Virginia served 9,163 individuals
- NAMI Virginia’s Youth and Young Adults Programs served 3,538 individuals
- NAMI’s Community Education program, In Our Own Voice, served 2,803 Virginians
- NAMI Virginia’s Parents of Children under age 18 programs served 1,243 individuals
- NAMI Virginia’s Helpline assisted 759 new callers
- NAMI Virginia received renewed certification through the Standards for Excellence Institute
- NAMI Virginia launched a Youth and Young Adult newsletter
- NAMI Virginia successfully assisted in moving all affiliate and state programming online
- Thirty-five NAMI affiliate leaders participated in our first ever, virtual annual leadership retreat
- NAMI Virginia increased direct affiliate technical assistance each month with more indirect assistance provided toward developing tools and resources
- Our 2020 NAMIWalks event raised over $170,000 and had more new walkers than in previous years
- NAMI Virginia Advocacy efforts saw funding for STEP-VA, Housing Assistance, Discharge Assistance Planning (DAP), Mobile Crisis Units and Care Teams (Marcus Alert), and other children and adult mental health services.
I look forward to the great work we will accomplish in 2021! Advocacy efforts will move into overdrive directly after the New Year with Virginia Budget Hearings being held on January 6th and Mental Health Advocacy Day on January 26th. Please be on the lookout for NAMI Virginia Action Alerts!
Together we make a difference!
Kathy Harkey, MAPP, BSP, BSMDS