Mental Health America – Warren County
As an organization in Warren County since its by-laws were established in 1974, we have volunteered in the community. We have five major projects that are carried out yearly.
We provide mental health brochures and materials to parents and teens at the local Samuels Public Library and at the Valley Health System Wellness Expo. This information ranges from Mental Health Illness and Coping, to Teenage Self- Injury, to Grief and Loss, to Autism in Children.
We provide gifts and cookies to a blind patient ward at Western State Hospital each Christmas for “Operation Santa Claus”. Church members from Asbury Methodist Church and Reliance United Methodist Church have donated over 40 dozen cookies for over 20 years. Our organization also donates a ward gift each year. Volunteers make an annual visit to distribute these as well as gifts of toiletries and personal care items to patients on the ward and to Warren County residents.
We provide bi- monthly entertainment and gifts to the 8 – 10 residents of the Chapin House in Front Royal. Volunteers bring food, beverages, and desserts and have a fellowship meal with the residents and staff. This occurs during holidays about 5 times throughout the year.
We provide financial assistance to Northwestern Community Service for emergency medication fund. This fund is administered locally for patients who may need a small supply of medication. Over $200 a year is budgeted for this service.
We hold an annual dinner meeting/picnic for all board members and residents of the Chapin House in May or June. This meeting is a culmination for the year’s work, a review of a budget and nominations for officers and board members. This is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Northwestern Community Service Board www.nwcsb.com
Mental Health America: www.mentalhealthamerica.net
National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org
United Way of Front Royal and Warren County: www.frontroyalunitedway.org
Western State Hospital, Staunton, VA www.wsh.dbhds.virginia.gov