History

Begun first as a loose federation of a few like-minded local groups seeking a national presence for federal-level advocacy, NAMI has grown to become the largest grassroots mental health advocacy group in the nation. NAMI strives to epitomize the very concepts of recovery and resiliency that it supports: we are empowered, holistic, strength-based, respectful, responsible, and person-centered. Above all, NAMI represents hope. NAMI harnesses the considerable passion of thousands of local volunteers who are dedicated to transforming America’s experience and understanding of serious mental illness.

To learn more about the history of the NAMI movement and NAMI Virginia in particular, please review our orientation.