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NAMI Coastal Virginia and Community Partners
Programs and Events

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Come learn a thing or four!

Encompassing a wide array of topics, events, and presentations, this series provides information for people living with a mental health condition, their family members and friends, and the general public. These meetings are designed not only to expand on topics covered in the Peer-to-Peer, Family-to-Family, and Basics courses, but also to introduce new information and activities not covered in the education programs. Previous meetings have encompassed panel talks with local doctors, pharmacists, and counselors, speaker events with individuals sharing their stories of recovery, and silent auctions.

NAMI Coastal Virginia 

To view our previous programs, see videos below or click here to view/subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Prior to the educational portion of the program when held in-person, there is a half hour social with light refreshments, providing an opportunity for fellowship and an occasion where, in a supportive environment, attendees can share similar lived experiences. For some, the program is a first introduction to NAMI. Providing food and fellowship creates a welcoming atmosphere.


To speak at or sponsor a meeting, please contact our office:


291 Independence Blvd. Suite 542

Virginia Beach, VA 23462



March 2022 

Navigating psychiatric medication can be complex, potentially frustrating, and looks different for every individual, caregiver, and family. Dr. Robert J. Gardella joined us to give an overview on basic psychopharmacology, talk about new psychiatric medications (including long-acting injectables), and engage in a Q&A conversation.

January 2022 

We were so grateful to have had Todd McGehee present on the Marcus Alert initiative and the implementation of the 988 regional call center in our region. A special thanks also to Staci Young from the Western Tidewater Community Services Board for adding her perspective in response to the great questions that were asked.

View video and full description on YouTube for more info. For a downloadable version of the PowerPoint, click the button below.

July 2021 

An engaging panel discussion aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness, with conversations about faith, psychiatry, what mental illnesses are, and personal testimonies of hope.

View video and full description on YouTube for more info and a list of resources

June 2021 

Representatives from Equality Virginia and Hampton Roads Pride will speak about their mental health journey and where they are now in their recovery.

View video and full description on YouTube for more info and a list of resources

Hampton Roads Pride
Equality Virginia

May 2021 

Kate Baldwin joins us from the VBSPCA to to shine a light on the important role pets can play in our mental and emotional health and discuss ways in which we can care for ourselves and our pets!

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Virginia Beach SPCA:

April 2021 

Dr. David Spiegel, EVMS Psychiatrist and Clinical Supervisor, engaged in a phenomenal discussion regarding the mental health diagnosis process, ways to advocate for yourself/what to look for, conversations to have, and so much more!

March 2021 

We hosted Mary Crutchfield (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Founder of Leva Psychiatry) for an engaging discussion about eating disorders/disordered eating, diet culture, the impacts on mental health, and treatment options.

february 2021 

We hosted Jennifer Brown (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Owner of Seaside Behavioral Health) for an engaging discussion to answer (or begin answering) some of questions about mental illness that may have been difficult to ask.

January 2021 

While we are still safely distancing, we are borrowing our "Coastal Chats" from great sources! 

There’s a big difference between mental health and mental healthcare. In Psych Hub’s interview with Thomas Insel, MD, (Co-founder of Humanest), he’ll share all about neuroplasticity and the 3 P’s of mental health.

November 2020 

Our community program was an engaging conversation regarding the Hearing Voices approach and learning more about the Hearing Voices Network. The program includes a screening of the film "Beyond Possible" and a panel discussion with Jane Callaway, Tevin Clark, and Cindy Hadge.

October 2020 

Our October Coastal Chat is an interactive and important conversation hosted on Facebook Live by Mr. Sam Boone of the Chesapeake City School Board.

Visit our Facebook page to see additional questions and comments posted by our community! 

July 2020 

Dr. Tyler Corson, a gerontologist on the faculty of VCU's College of Health Professions, leads a discussion of The Impacts of Social Isolation on Older Adults and Families. While loneliness and social isolation are not new topics in aging, COVID-19 and "social distancing" practices have brought them to the forefront. Come hear about the broad health impacts of isolation and learn strategies for coping and for #SocialConnecting for you and your family members.

Leah Baldwin, LCSW, CSAC joins us during Mental Health Awareness Month to facilitate an awesome discussion about reducing anxiety, naming and normalizing feelings, setting goals, and more great information and tips.

May 2020 

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