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

NAMI Classes & Events

 

Jan.

2021

NAMI Virginia January Programming

Check out the full Programming Calendar for January! Have questions? E-mail info@namivirginia.org to be directed to the correct person/staff member (unless noted otherwise), and see the links to join and/or register by clicking below. All programs hosted online via Zoom. Programs include Parent meetups, youth activities groups, coffee chats, lunch & learns, and more! 

Click Here for full schedule and links to join/register

1/6-

2/24

Family-to-Family Education Class (Wednesdays)

A free series of 8 weekly classes online via Zoom structured to help family members, partners and significant others understand and support individuals living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. January 6th – February 24th, 2021

There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required as space is limited. Click here to register online, or call Diane (757) 353-1184

or John (757) 286-7051. For more information email contact@namicoastalvirginia.org or call the NAMI office at (757) 499-2041

2/2-

3/23

Family-to-Family Education Class (Tuesdays)

A free series of 8 weekly classes online via Zoom structured to help family members, partners and significant others understand and support individuals living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. February 2nd – March 23rd, 2021

There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required as space is limited. Click here to register online, or contact Bruce (757) 639-9400

or Kay (757) 285-8362. For more information email contact@namicoastalvirginia.org or call the NAMI office at (757) 499-2041

3/30

Online Ending the Silence Presentation & Discussion

Join us on Zoom for a free engaging presentation and interactive discussion that helps the community learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one need help or support.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations educate students, educators, and families about mental health conditions.
These presentations include personal testimony from and conversation with a youth or young adult with lived experience.

The presentation's message of empathy and hope encourages all to actively care for themselves and their loved ones. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end the stigma.

 

This program is FREE but registration is requested.

Register online at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqdeChqzwjGdS3YK426i2TiDHDG3UXy9fe  or by contacting the NAMI Coastal Virginia office at (757) 499-2041

1/25-

3/15

Peer-to-Peer Class (Mondays)

Held online via Zoom from 6:30 -8:30 p.m., NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.

Set a vision and goals for the future • Partner with health care providers • Develop confidence for making decisions • Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools • Share your story • Strengthen relationships • Enhance communication skills • Learn about mental health treatment options

Class is FREE but registration is required. Click here to register online, or call Marvin Hall  (757) 779-1849

For more information email contact@namicoastalvirginia.org or call the NAMI office at (757) 499-2041

2/18

Online Ending the Silence Presentation & Discussion

Join us on Zoom for a free engaging presentation and interactive discussion that helps the community learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one need help or support.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations educate students, educators, and families about mental health conditions.
These presentations include personal testimony from and conversation with a youth or young adult with lived experience.

The presentation's message of empathy and hope encourages all to actively care for themselves and their loved ones. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end the stigma.

 

This program is FREE but registration is requested.

Register online at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kce6vrDIqGdcm7LORce99eSgHcijqkrfl or by contacting the NAMI Coastal Virginia office at (757) 499-2041

4/13

Online Ending the Silence Presentation & Discussion

Join us on Zoom for a free engaging presentation and interactive discussion that helps the community learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one need help or support.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations educate students, educators, and families about mental health conditions.
These presentations include personal testimony from and conversation with a youth or young adult with lived experience.

The presentation's message of empathy and hope encourages all to actively care for themselves and their loved ones. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end the stigma.

 

This program is FREE but registration is requested.

Register online at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsf-qtrz4tHtZEsEkVDcTwFZ4M8TUAlbe1 or by contacting the NAMI Coastal Virginia office at (757) 499-2041

1st & 3rd

Wednesdays

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

Saturdays

11am-1pm

Online Llama Social Club

Bring a game to play, a craft to do or share, grab a snack and chat. No specific activities planned - this time is yours!

Art Wellness

Gather together and bring an art project you would like to work on.  We can show each other what we are doing and trade tips during a two hour class.

​1st & 3rd Saturday of each month

Click to join

Games

Join your friends and play virtual games like Trivia, Charades, and more - or just come to hangout. Breakout rooms available for the noisier games.

​2nd & 4th Saturday of each month

Click to join

Ongoing

Online Support Groups

Click Here 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. 

Please plan to connect to the meeting at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time to address any technical difficulties. In an effort to keep groups productive and effective for all participants, we may experience a need to divide the group in to separate meetings or recommend attendance during a different time slot. We appreciate your patience as we grow and learn together with our ultimate goal in sight - providing you with support and resources to promote wellness and recovery!

 

We ask that you review our group guidelines and principles of support - feel free to download and keep a copy for yourself to refer back to as necessary

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.

Community Classes & Events

 

1/25

Healing VB: An Expressive Arts Project 

EVMS Arts for Optimal Health + Virginia MOCA

Monday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. 

This program provides critical resources for resiliency following the mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Guided by art therapists, community members will engage in expressive art projects to help with the healing process. No prior art experience is required.
 

Healing VB is designed to:
     ■ Help those most closely affected by the tragedy and the community at large.
     ■ Create a supportive community facilitated by an art therapist in the creative spaces of MOCA.
     ■ Provide an expressive art experience focused around the healing power of art.

To register for the online workshop and receive the link, email Lisa Thomas at thomasL@evms.edu.

January

27, 2020

Teens Online: Unveiling the Hidden Dangers of Social Media

CHKD Community Program

Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The internet and social media platforms are powerful tools, but they can be harmful when misused or not respected. Teens and young adults today hang out daily in a vast digital world to connect, communicate, and interact with people from all over the world. While communicating and interacting online, they make and share videos, photos, and personal details about their lives and families.  

In this presentation, learn what happens when teens and young adults collide online with sexually inappropriate apps, live broadcasting, webcam modeling, talking with strangers, and more. See and hear what online gang activity looks like. Parents who are cautious about the single stranger their child encounters in real life will pause at the thought of the hundreds they invite into their homes via social media and social networking apps in addition to the personal data these online services share.  

This presentation offers a glimpse into an otherwise unknown level of human interaction that occurs largely off the grid via apps and other social networking platforms. Parents, professionals in child development, and young people will hear what occurs when children fire up their digital devices and “play” online. 

Ongoing

The VB Strong Center - Free Programming

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.