Mental Health Justice Ministry
UUC’s Mental Health Justice Ministry (MHJM) is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. Read the MHJM Mission Statement.
MHJM and NAMI NRV sponsor two community support groups: one for persons with a mental illness (NAMI Connections Support Group) which meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, and one for friends and families of persons with a mental illness (NAMI Family & Friends Support Group) which meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Both groups meet from 6–7:30 pm.
I fit in one of those categories, but why should I join a support group? We believe that meeting and making new connections with a caring, supportive group of peers allows one to develop improved strategies for living successfully.
MHJM sponsored showings of two movies dealing with bipolar disorder at the Lyric Theater, Blacksburg – Touched with Fire in 2017 and Infinitely Polar Bear in 2018. In 2019, MHJM sponsored a showing of I Am Maris which deals with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. All were followed by panel discussions featuring a wide variety of experts. MHJM also hosted two Mental Health First Aid Workshops at UUC.
MHJM is actively involved with the Virginia Chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In April 2018 and after many months and a long application process with both state and national affiliates, our MHJM was successful in activating a local NAMI chapter: NAMI New River Valley Virginia.
Listen to some facts about Mental Illness, the myths, and a Personal Story of a Mental Illness journey from despair to hope.
For more information, contact Margo Walter.