Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation has helped over 6,000 individuals in the last 30+ years of service.
We’ve helped individuals in treatment for Serious Mental Illness receive funding for medical co-pays, dental work, subsidized housing, and more. Trauma and mental wellness are community challenges that we must tackle together. Each investment in an individual’s wellness, no matter how small, can have an incalculable impact.
Medical and Dental Care
As a result of your funding, this person was able to= have the tooth treated which prevented infection. She has heart issues so the infection would have been very dangerous for her. She has also followed up with her other medical providers, and she is taking care of her physical health. The help she received from your organization put her at ease and helped her to care for herself.
MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
An individual needed to have a newer-type of treatment intervention for depression that was not available from the Fairfax-Falls ChurchCommunity Services Board (CSB). Although her insurance paid for part of the treatment, she was not able to pay her copayment. After receiving funds for copayment from NVMHF, her case manager reported: She appears to be doing well, she has reported increased motivation to complete tasks and less suicidal idea
Wellness and recovery
With funds for a recreation center pass, this individual’s self-care started with participating in swimming but then developed into joining recovery-based groups. In addition to decreasing her symptoms, she was able to recognize the need to focus on treatment and recovery. This opportunity may have saved her life as she was given the opportunity to find one thing that allowed for self-care.
individuals in mental health treatment were impacted
of our funding goes straight to the micro-grant beneficiary*
of supporting the community
Who are the people behind the mission?
*Overhead costs are kept to a minimum in order to maximize the funding available to meet the treatment needs of the individuals served, specifically administrative expenses are just 5% of total expenses, and fundraising expenses are just 7% of total expenses. Funds are provided by generous individual and corporate donors via direct donations, Community Health Charities, Giving Tuesday, and DoMore24.
Individuals with serious mental illness often have trouble managing their daily lives. This can include difficulty in holding down jobs, maintaining meaningful social relationships, and making responsible decisions from day to day. They often have very low incomes and depend on social programs such as Medicare's Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare and Medicaid, and food stamps.
From housing to medical copays, to dental care, and more, a small investment in the material needs of an individual can be a catalyst for growth in their wellness journey.
Despite the difficulties faced by many people with SMI, advances in mental health treatment health treatments including talk therapy and modern pharmaceuticals, along with consistent access to those treatments, can mean greatly improved and productive lives.
"Having the webcam funded by NVMHF played an important role in reconnecting the individual to a peer support network and consequently help to mitigate safety risks and to promote the individual's mental health recovery."
"A grant helped an individual move and avoid a potential eviction that could have resulted in homelessness. The person is currently living in a senior-friendly community where he is getting support from his peers and is connected to the community. He has made new friends and is engaged in more productive activities in the community. He also is addressing health concerns with encouragement and support from peers."
“NVMHF graciously helped with my client’s phone bills. The client has used the phone to engage in outpatient mental health and medical treatment. She started looking for a part-time job so she could pay bills and outstanding child support. With your help, this client has been able to remain connected to treatment services as well as to social supports – members of her church and supportive family members. Thank you again for your generosity!”