CLASSES & COMMUNITY EVENTS

NAMI Classes & Events

Educational classes, support groups, and programs for people living with a mental health condition, and their families, all of which are hosted by trained NAMI Coastal volunteers.  Because of our current online format, we have included programs being offered by NAMI Virginia and other state affiliates. 

 

Free and open to all!  If there are age or registration requirements, they will be listed in the descriptions or on corresponding links. For more information, contact us at 757-499-2041

Community Classes & Events

Events, classes, and more offered by our community partners - including social groups, support groups, and educational courses.  
 
Most classes/events are free, however, if there is a registration required or cost included, it will be listed in the description

Various

Sept.

IN OUR OWN VOICE PRESENTATIONS

Various dates in September online via Zoom

 

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a 40 minute presentation in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery.

 

The presentation is offered free of charge and is appropriate for diverse audiences including but not limited to family members, friends, mental health professionals, people diagnosed with mental health conditions,and faith based community members. IOOV presentations have taken place at hospitals, schools, churches, community organizations, and more.

 

We will be holding presentations on Zoom:

  • September 16th at 12pm

  • September 19th at 1pm

  • September 23rd at 12pm

  • September 30th at 12pm.

 

Audience is limited to 16 participants. If interested in more information for yourself or a group, please email mwalsh@namivirginia.org or click the "register" button

Sept. 12 - Oct. 31

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY CLASS

Every Saturday, 9-11 a.m. online via Zoom

 

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.

This class is free, but because of limited space, registration is required. To register, call Drew (623) 826-0587 or Meredith (757) 214-3736

Various

NAMI HOMEFRONT

Various Dates & Times

Eastern Evening: October 7  – November 11
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET (5:30pm CT, 4:30pm MT, 3:30pm PT)

Eastern Daytime: October 6 – November 10
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (9:00am CT, 8:00am MT, 7:00am PT)
 
Pacific Evening: October 5 – November 9
Mondays,  6:30pm – 8:30 pm PT (7:30pm MT, 8:30 pm CT, 9:30 pm ET)

Central Evening: October 6 – November 10
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm CT (5:30pm MT, 4:30pm PT, 7:30pm ET)

*Please note the TIME ZONE listed for each class time

 

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and Veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it’s like to have a loved one living with symptoms of a mental health condition.

Sept. 24th

FROM JAIL TO COURT, UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS

FOR MENTAL HEALTH SITUATIONS

Thursday, September 24th, 7 p.m. online via Zoom

 

It can be a scary and confusing situation for families and friends when a loved one becomes incarcerated.  Our panelists will help shed light on what happens from the time someone with a mental health condition is charged with an offense and admitted to jail, through to the date their case is heard in court.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Speakers:  

Dr. Kevin L. Cuffee, CSAC, QMHP

Resident in Counseling

Adult Correctional Services Program Supervisor II

Virginia Beach Department of Human Services

Behavioral Health Division

 

Vicki Davis
Program Supervisor for Forensic and State Hospitals Services
Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare

Oct. 10

NAMI WALKS & NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE

Saturday, October 10th 

 

In 2020, we are celebrating 18 years of NAMIWalks, the nation's largest series of mental health awareness and fundraising events. NAMIWalks Virginia brings together families, friends, and communities to raise awareness for mental health and crucial funds which enable NAMI Virginia and our local NAMI affiliates to provide truly transformational education programs and support groups to youth, families, and adults free of cost. NAMIWalks is a celebration of recovery. NAMIWalks is a fun, family-friendly event and there is no cost to register.

There are many ways you can make a difference via NAMIWalks: as a sponsor, committee member, team captain or team member, individual walker, virtual walker, or walk day volunteer! However you participate in NAMIWalks, you will be joining NAMI's national movement!

On October 10, all roads lead to our second National Day of Hope.

That's when NAMIWalks events unite across the country, in-person or virtually. On that day, NAMIWalks participants, mental health advocates and NAMI partners will make strides to support NAMI's mission and celebrate Mental Health for All during this demanding year of challenges and changes.

What is A National Day of Hope? It's a day when many of our NAMIWalks sites hold their event simultaneously across the country. For Spring NAMIWalks, that day was May 30 and was a big success: a special memory for participants and a stepping stone to helping more people with mental health needs. For Fall NAMIWalks, that day is set for October 10, on World Mental  Health Day. Anyone from virtually anywhere can participate. 

You can walk a 5K in your neighborhood -- or in your imagination. You can skip rope, bake a cake, sing a song or make people laugh with a stand-up act. Whatever your occupation of the day, you'll be adding to the nation's storehouse of hope. At a time when we all need it.

Oct. 18 - Dec. 13

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY CLASS

Every Sunday, 7-9 p.m. online via Zoom

 

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.

This class is free, but because of limited space, registration is required. To register, contact

Lauren (757) 618-9218 or Joyce (757) 418-2022

1st & 3rd

Saturdays

ONLINE ART WELLNESS CLASS

1st and 3rd Saturday of every month online via Zoom from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Click the "More Info" button for our full online programming schedule.

Click on this link to join from your computer, laptop or tablet:   https://zoom.us/j/95738924012

If you are joining by smart phone, you may need to enter this number 957 3892 4012

 

Bring whatever art project you would like to work on or a mind open to possibilities and we'll see what each person is doing, share ideas, and socialize!

Ongoing

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

Click "More Info" for full schedule!

 

We have moved our support groups online!  All of our support groups are free, peer-led, open to anyone who may want to join, and confidential. Connect and engage with others who have "been there." We have several weekly offerings including Connections Support, Connections Support for those under 30, and Family Support. For the full NAMI Coastal schedule, click "More Info." We have also listed below online support groups that other affiliates have opened up!

1st & 3rd Mondays

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP - NAMI VA LYNCHBURG INITIATIVE

First and Third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. online via Zoom

 

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who’ve been there.

E-mail namilynchburg@gmail.com for more info and for the link.

1st & 3rd Weds.

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN UNDER 18

Every first and third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom

 

A 90-minute online group led by parents of children under 17 living with mental health challenges and provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

For the link, click here: https://tinyurl.com/yxjhlrvt

Ongoing

ONLINE IN OUR OWN VOICE PRESENTATIONS

 

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 40 minute presentation.

Audience is limited to 16 participants. If interested in more information for yourself or a group, please email mwalsh@namivirginia.org or click here for the registration form

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPORT GROUPS

High School: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM; College and Beyond: 4th Tuesday of the

month at 6:30 PM

 

A Youth Move Virginia program to help students adjusting back to school during COVID-19.

Register at https://bit.ly/2PNu4PG

These sessions will be held on Zoom and registration is required.

Questions to Sophie at sfontaine@namivirginia.org

NAMI Classes & Events

 

Oct. 8th

5th Annual Shatter the Silence Suicide Awareness Virtual Event

Thursday, October 8th from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Zoom

 

Region 5 CSB Prevention Council presents the 5th Annual Shatter the Silence Suicide Awareness event. The theme of this year's event is "Wellness Over Worry" to reflect on the challenges that we all have had to face this year.

We will have two concurring session during this event: one for youth and one for adults. When registering for your ticket, be sure to click the ticket for the session you would like to attend.

Prior to the virtual event, we will have "swag bags" for pickup on Saturday, October 3rd from 11:00am-2:00pm which will include a ticket to win one of our prizes! Locations for pick up will be announced soon.

 

Once you register, you will get a Zoom link for your session closer to the date of the event.

 

Join us at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/s/shatter-the-silence-wellness-o/983725655373983/  

Oct. 25th

THIS IS MY BRAVE

Sunday October 25, 2020 at 4PM EDT / 3PM CDT / 1PM PDT premiering on YouTube

Please join us for a virtual presentation of essays, original music, comedy, and poetry performed by individuals living with — or loving someone with — a mental health condition.

Registration is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to help us continue shining a light on mental illness.

Due to COVID-19, This Is My Brave Hampton Roads was postponed from its original April 2020 live performance date. To ensure the safety of our storytellers, audience members, and staff, This Is My Brave Hampton Roads will instead be professionally filmed and then streamed online for a global audience on Sunday October 25, 2020.

This Is My Brave hosts storytelling performances across the United States each year, giving everyday community members a chance to stand on stage and share their personal experiences with mental illness or substance use disorders. Many are sharing stories publicly for the very first time. Cast members feel seen, understood, and less alone, and audience members learn more about and empathize with performers.

Each This Is My Brave performance is produced by a local producer or partner organization, with support from This Is My Brave. Performances encompass perspectives on many forms of mental illness or substance use disorder, including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, and more. Stories are shared via spoken word essay, original poetry, comedy, dance, or original music.

Ongoing

THE VB STRONG CENTER - FREE PROGRAMMING

Free online programming, check calendar by clicking "More Info" button

Maybe you love counting down to the weekend or maybe you could use a mid week- PERK! Either way, the team at the VB Strong Center is constantly looking for programs and opportunities to keep you moving! Healthy eating, Resiliency, Yoga, Emotional Wellness... are all just a click away!

 

Register Now!

And bring a friend! Learning and reflecting is always better with people we know.

Community Classes & Events