NAMI Northern Virginia shares information at the Fairfax County Re-Entry Council's Inmate Resource Fair, March 3, 2015
On March 3rd, NAMI Northern Virginia was on hand to answers questions and share mental health resource information to two hundred inmates at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. One of our peer mentors, a military veteran, provided encouragement, along with materials, to the many men and women who stopped by our table.
According to the Connection Newspaper, 34-year-old Demeterius Spann of Alexandria and 29-year-old Nydale Sheppard of Reston are ready for their chance, armed with information on what’s available to them. “I’m very excited,” said Sheppard, “to see all the people here willing to help us get a fresh start.” Click here to read the full Connection Newspaper article.
NAMI Northern Virginia and Concerned Fairfax are members of the Fairfax County Re-Entry Council. NAMI Northern Virginia co-chairs the Mental Health Subcommittee of the Re-Entry Council. For more information and to get involved, visit NAMI Northern Virginia and Concerned Fairfax.
NAMI Northern Virginia is partnering with local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) chapters to increase mental health awareness in the African American community. In February, we participated in the Loudoun County Alpha Kappa Alpha alumni group's mental health fair & awareness event. One of our members served as a "topic expert" panelist for this well-attended and fun event! We look forward to partnering with other local AKA chapters in the coming months.