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 six 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 also hold an annual June picnic for the residents at a local park.>
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 meeting on the first Thursday evening in May, in which we review the year’s work and the past and upcoming year’s budgets, and elect officers and board members. The public is invited to attend.
Beginning in 2016, we began to sponsor Mental Health First Aid training at least once per year in Warren County. The course lasts 8 hours and is designed to train any interested citizens in how to assist persons who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Some trainings are focused on those who work with youth and others on those who may encounter adults with mental health needs.
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
Phoenix Project, serving those affected by domestic violence: Phoenix-project.org
Laurel Center—service to victims of sexual violence in Warren County: The Laurel Center
Warren County office phone: 540-305-1083