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Mental Health Awareness Month

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
 Chuang Tzu

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and, as spring reminds us of signs of renewal, growth, and transformation, our plan is to remind individuals and families that they are not alone in their coping with mental health challenges. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five adults experiences mental illness each year. During this time of COVID-19 and physical distancing, fear, anxiety, and stress can cause strong emotions in both adults and children.

NAMI Virginia is here to offer help, hope, and support. With staff members and volunteers who have lived experiences, we understand you with empathy and compassion. Even though we are apart these days, we still stand together in sharing our stories and, in doing so, reducing and maybe even erasing the stigma that has silenced us. All of our support groups, educational programs, and training are provided at no cost to participants. This is made possible through grants, partnerships, and generous gifts from individuals.

To ensure that NAMI Virginia can continue to serve all Virginians affected by mental health disorders, please consider making a gift in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month by clicking here.

For more information on how you can support NAMI Virginia or if you have a mental health story to share during Mental Health Awareness Month, please contact Portia Chan, Development Manager, at or (804) 285-8264 ext. 205.



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