Our Mission and Goals
|Our mission is to:
SUPPORT people with mental illnesses including children, and their friends and families.
EDUCATE and inform people with mental illnesses and their families about services and treatment available in the community.
ELIMINATE STIGMA by developing public understanding of the challenges of living with a serious mental illness.
ADVOCATE for better services and treatments, protection of rights and research.
To accomplish these goals we provide support groups, educational presentations, and classes that are free of charge and open to the public. Most of our programs are held at the Valley Community Baptist Church (VCBC) at 580 West Avon Road, Avon CT, and although our programs are not church affiliated, we are most appreciative of the support the church gives us.
In the mid 1990s, in Avon, CT, family members started a monthly NAMI support group for family members of those living with a mental illness. Shortly thereafter, the annual Avon Family-to-Family classes were started. In 2004, the idea to create an official local chapter (affiliate) of NAMI sprang from these original support groups and classes. The paperwork was filed just in time to enable the newly formed NAMI Farmington Valley affiliate to participate in the first annual NAMI-CT Walk in May of 2004. Since then, NAMI FV, under the guidance of a robust 15 member board, has grown substantially. We now offer numerous educational events, support groups, classes and book talks.
Interested in getting involved with a great group of folks who are helping many others?
Just let us know. (CONTACT US)