Consumer and Family Affairs provides education classes, support groups, consultation, resource linkage and advocacy for individuals and families affected mental illness, substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Staff also coordinates the Virginia Beach Community Trust for individuals with mental illness.
- Friends and Family Education is a series of six classes that provide education about substance use disorders, how substance addiction affects families, and community resource information. The goal is to offer information/tools that family members affected by a loved one's addiction can consider using so that they do not remain trapped in the emotional chaos of addiction. Registration required. No fee, no residency requirement. Call 757-385-0800.
- NAMI Family to Family is a series of twelve classes, offered in collaboration with NAMI Virginia Beach, designed to provide education on mental illness and to reduce the stress that can occur when parents, siblings, spouses, and other relatives and friends support an individual with mental illness. Registration required. No residency requirement, no fee. Call 757- 385 0802.
- NAMI Basics is a six-week class for the parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. Topics include the biology of mental illness, trauma, research, treatment options, the impact of a child's mental illness on the family and an overview of systems involved with caring for children and adolescents with mental illness. Registration required, no fee, no residency requirement. Call 385-0802.
- Basics of Caring is a weekly support group for the parents and caregivers of children who have mental illness. Basics meets during the school year and follows the public school calendar. Call 757-385-0802.
- WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) classes are for people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. WRAP focuses on wellness and recovery. Writing a Crisis Plan is a part of the curriculum. WRAP is offered within certain MHSA programs.
The Virginia Beach Community Trust offers the opportunity for families to set up special needs trusts for individuals with mental illness. Trusts are managed by the five member Board of Trustees and coordinated by the supervisor of the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs.
For information call: LeAnne Brant at 385-0800