Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Banking Association gives grant to VNA

The Vineyard Nursing Association (VNA), familiar to many who benefit from its home health care services, got a $1,500 grant last Monday from the Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation.

The VNA was one of 33 organizations awarded money as part of the banking group’s grant program. The foundation represents 180 banks and credit unions, including the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, which nominated the VNA for the grant award.

Free course offers help for families of mentally ill

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will sponsor a free educational course for families of people diagnosed with a serious mental illness. It will begin 6:30 pm, Wednesday, January 9.

Twelve weekly two and a half hour classes will cover information about schizophrenia, the affective disorders (bipolar disease and major depression), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. Coping skills, basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem solving, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care around worry and stress are also covered, according to a press release.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenaged and adult children, and significant others of persons with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities. Class size is limited to 25 people with advance registration required. The course is not appropriate for individuals who themselves suffer from any of the major mental illnesses, unless they are stabilized with treatment and are the parent/caregiver of a mentally ill family member.

For more information or to register, call or email NAMI Cape Cod and The Islands at or call 508-778-4277. Or locally, call Daryl at 508-627-5249.

Mediation training offered

The Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program, Inc. (MVMP) will conduct a 32-hour training course in basic skill mediation the first two weekends in March. The cost is $400.For more information contact the MV Mediation Program at 508-693-2999.