If you live in the city of Fredericksburg or in Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania or Stafford counties, we're here for you. We hold monthly meetings the first Wednesday of every month. Click on the Calendar above. We also have educational and support programs. Click on >>Progams & Activities on the left side menu to open up the full lising. Scroll down this page to read it all.
HALLE BERRY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS AND NAMI
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
For 65 years in America, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when advocates and activists across the country draw attention to the mental health issues that affect as many as one in four Americans. Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek the help they need for themselves or their loved ones. National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time when we work together to break through that stigma. We express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues, and we draw attention to the proven methods that can help change their lives for the better.
RACSB AND PONSHOP RECEPTION -- FRIDAY, MAY 2
Join the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board and PONSHOP on Friday, May 2 for an evening of art, expression and light at the Tenth Annual “The Art of Recovery” Exhibit. It's from 5 to 9 pm at:
PONSHOP Art Studio and Gallery
712 Caroline Street
There will be spoken word, poetry, live music and luminaries in the courtyard at 7 pm. The exhibit is open throughout the month of may. Gallery hours are Monday thru Saturday from 10 to 6 pm and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm. Click here to view the poster.
28TH ANNUAL MAYFEST -- SATURDAY, MAY 3
Be sure to attend the 28th annual Mayfest event from 10 am to 3 pm. There'll be musical entertainment, lots of great food, a bake sale, face painting, moonbounce, a silent auction, garden yard sale, a raffle and much, much more. Mayfest takes place at 750 Kings Highway in Fredericksburg (just 3.9 miles East of the Chatham Bridge). It happens rain or shine. Click here to view the flyer. For more information visit www.CelebrateMayfest.com.
NEW PEER-RUN MENTAL HEALTH CENTER NOW OPEN
Here's exciting news. There's a new peer run mental health center located at the Goodwill Community Resource Center, 4701 Market Street in Fredericsburg. A lot of people have been hard at work making this dream become a reality. For al of the details click here to go to their Website.
TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR FALL 2014 FAMILY-TO-FAMILY CLASS
We are currently taking reservations for the Fall 2014 Family to Family class. It will be held at Mary Washington Hospital (UMW). The class runs for 12 weeks and completes in November. Additional details will be provided after you have registered and we have conducted a short telephone interview. The class is free. To register please provide the following information via e-mail to email@example.com or telephone David Vaughn at (540) 479-3044.
Name: First and last ( 1st and last)
Mailing Address: Street address or PO box
Telephone: Home and cell if you have both
E-mail Address: We prefer to communicate via E-Mail but will work with you if you do not have e-mail.
NEED A FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP?
If you have a loved one or family member with a mental illness, having a support group can be important for your well-being. There's a NAMI support group started that meets the second and fourth Tuesday every month at Mary Washington hospital from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the 1 West-B conference room at Mary Washington. For more information, contact Katie Samulevich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWO LOCATIONS FOR LOCAL WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUPS
We have two weekly recovery support group for people living with a mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences. Here's what you can expect at a local support group meeting.
• Weekly free 90 minute gatherings led by trained individuals
• Safe place to share the challenges and successes of coping
• Group where you'll receive understanding from others, where everything is confidential
• Place where you'll leave feeling renewed hope and sometimes with tools and friends
You're welcome to attend. Prior arrangements are not needed. These groups are “open” meaning that new participants are welcome. Start with a phone call for friendly confirmation of current schedules and locations and help with directions. There may even be additional groups, times and locations similarly approved and sponsored by one of these two local nonprofit advocacy organizations with national links, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America (MHA).
Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Snowden, across from Mary Washington Hospital,
1200 Sam Perry Blvd.,
West-B conference room (ask at Information Desk)
Contact Katie Samulevich at email@example.com or at (540) 846-3332.
Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. England Run Library, Room 3
Stafford, VA Route D2, Stafford County South, serves England Run library (Plantation Drive and Lyons Blvd). Stop #462 stops at the library 10 minutes after each hour.
Contact: Karen (540) 373-1744 or David (540) 479-3044