Thursday, June 6, 2013

Development of a NAMI Affiliate in Southwest Virginia

Welcome! This is the website and blog for a possible future National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter in the southwest region of Virginia. As of this moment, we do not have affiliate status. However, we are working towards that. The affiliate would be called NAMI Southwest Virginia and would serve the City of Bristol and the Counties of Washington, Russell, Smyth, Grayson, Wythe, and Tazewell. Residents on the Tennessee side of the City of Bristol are more than welcome to come to meetings and classes.

Right now, we have a NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group and we are signing people up for NAMI Family to Family classes. All NAMI programming is free to participants.

If you are interested in joining NAMI Virginia, for the affiliate, please put NAMI Virginia. When we get to a point where we have enough members to form an affiliate, then it will be NAMI Southwest Virginia. But, for the time being, put NAMI Virginia.

We will receive affiliate status when we get at least five (5) people as NAMI members in the area and go through the process of getting 501 (C)3 non-profit status and filling out the paperwork with NAMI. We will have to build a Board and do some fundraising. But, I have faith in our community and region.

Please continue to check back with us!


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