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About NAMI VirginiaNAMI Virginia Fact Sheet
What is NAMI Virginia?The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia was created in 1985 to provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in Virginia affected by mental illness. Along with our community-based affiliates, we provide education, support, information, training, and resources, and engage in systems change policy advocacy. NAMI Virginia is located in Richmond, Virginia, where we are appropriately situated in close proximity to the state legislature.
We are a part of NAMI.
There are more than 220,000 members and 1,200 state and local affiliates nation-wide. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses. Funding sources for NAMI programs include hundreds of state and local governments and foundations; tens of thousands of individual donors; and a growing number of corporations. NAMI's greatest asset, however, is its volunteers, who donate an estimated $135 million worth of their time each year to education, support, and advocacy.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of Virginians with serious mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. We envision a world where all people affected by mental illness get the help, hope, and support that they need. Read our bylaws here.
NAMI Virginia's staff works hard to provide support, education, and advocacy to improve the lives of all those affected by mental illness. Learn more about our staff!
NAMI Virginia's 27 local affiliates play an active role providing support, education, and advocacy at the community level. They operate support groups to let people know they are not alone and to be there with information and support when needed, and speak publicly to educate others about brain disorders. They provide Family-to-Family education courses, and Peer-to-Peer programs. They advocate for effective and timely services from their local service providers, and they offer hope to those experiencing the impacts of mental illness.
Our annual convention provides an opportunity for members to learn from one another, learn from specialists, develop comradeship, and unite for advocacy actions.
Board of Directors
NAMI Virginia Board Members are dedicated people committed to support, education, and advocacy to our local, state, and national community.
NAMI Virginia and its local affiliates offer Family and Consumer programs to both members and non-members. Family programs include Family-to-Family, MESA (Mutual Education Support Advocacy), Peer-to-Peer, Connection Recovery Support Groups, Family Support Groups, and Visions. Please see our Programs section for more information on each of these programs.