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The public attended a free presentation on mental illness and recovery on October 8, 2013  In Our Own Voice, a unique program features people who tell their own stories about what is involved in recovering from mental illnesses. The meeting began at 6:30 PM at the Williamsburg Regional Library Auditorium. The event was the keynote event for National Mental Illness Awareness Week October 6 – 12, 2013.


"In Our Own Voice" presenters share their personal history with mental illness, show a short DVD, and answer questions from the audience.  They talk about the confidence and self-esteem they have gained from serving as role models for their communities.  Everyone who attends receives information about mental illnesses, mental health treatment and NAMI support, advocacy and education programs.


IOOV is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Williamsburg Area. Counselors, friends and family members are also encouraged to attend In Our Own Voice presentations.



Our team for NAMIWalks, the signature walkathon event of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Of Virginia (NAMI) participated in the event is being held in Richmond, VA at Innsbrook on October 19, 2013.

The goals of the NAMIWalks program are to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved, and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission.

Our local affiliate, NAMI Williamsburg Area, serving Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Poquoson. It offers weekly support meetings for families dealing with mental illness and for those in mental health recovery. Other activities include a helpline, informative website, family courses on coping with mental illness, and public service meetings. NAMI Williamsburg Area faces a public mental health system that is underfunded and complex. Those in need of help unquestionably require an advocate. NAMI helps provide the resources to understand the illness and, most important, a network of contacts who can share their experiences and outcomes. NAMIWalks is a major source of funds to support these efforts. It is run entirely by volunteers so donations go directly to providing services for those in need.


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Thank you in advance for your support.

NAMI Williamsburg Area Series of Free Classes for Families of those with Mental Illness

Williamsburg, VA : The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Williamsburg Area  offers a free series of free classes for families of those whose loved ones are affected by mental illness. The class offers families and caregivers a free 12-week course that focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The class provides education, support, strategies and coping skills so families can more effectively provide support to their loved one affected by these psychological based brain disorders. The curriculum, taught by local trained family members, also discusses the clinical treatment and aspects of the illnesses, giving family members a comprehensive insight to the disease.


The goal is to help families gain an understanding of these serious disorders by learning about each aspect of the disease, from medical terminology and the latest treatments to an understanding of consumers’ personal experiences. Those who have taken the course reported their attitudes and assumptions about mental illness and about their ill relative changed for the better, their communication, interactions, and overall relationship with their ill relative changed for the better, and their own personal sense of well-being significantly increased as their ability to handle the stresses of care giving was put into practice though the use of new skills they learn in the Family–to-Family program.


NAMI, began in 1979, is a “nonprofit, self-help, support and advocacy organization for consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. As part of a new grassroots initiative, NAMI offers education and support for families affected by schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.” Today, NAMI and its local affiliates offer hope to more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families, offering education, support and advocacy. Through several programs and supports offered free of charge, consumers and their families can now take a proactive approach when dealing with mental illnesses.






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