About NAMI Virginia

What is NAMI Virginia?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia (NAMI Virginia) was created in 1984 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.

Our 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 hope, help, and support that they need.

Awards and Honors

  • Handy L. Lindsey, Jr. Award for Excellence in Organizational Management (2015)
  • NAMI Outstanding State Organization of the Year (2014)

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.

NAMI Virginia’s 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. Our affiliates speak publicly to educate others about brain disorders and provide educational programs, free of cost, to youth and young adults, parents, individuals, and families affected by mental illness. They advocate for effective and timely services from their local service providers, and they offer hope to those experiencing the impact of mental illness. Please see our Education and Support section for more information on support groups and educational programs.