Family Support Groups

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.

NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones of people with mental health conditions
  • Led by family members of people with mental health conditions
  • 60-90 minutes long and meets weekly, every other week or monthly (varies by location)
  • No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed
  • Confidential

 

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe setting, you can gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You’ll benefit from other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space.

NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Understand that mental health conditions are no one’s fault and can be traumatic experiences

Support Group Listing

Petersburg NAMI-CVA Support Group for Families/Caregivers of a Youth with Mental Illness:

Meets:  Last Thursday of every month, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Location:  Petersburg Public Library Conference Room, 201 W. Washington St. Petersburg, VA 23803
Contacts:  Sarah McFarland – sarahsmoot14@gmail.com

Richmond NAMI-CVA Support Group for Families/Caregivers of a Youth with Mental Illness:

Meets:  Last Thursday of every month, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM (October meeting is the 24th due to Halloween)
Location:  NAMI Central Virginia Conference Room, 1904 Byrd Ave., Suite 205, Richmond, VA 23230
Contacts:  Beth Tolley – jebht@aol.com; contact the main office at 804-285-1749 or info@namicentralvirginia.org
NOTE: November’s group will meet the 14th to accommodate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Support group for Parents/Caregivers of Youth with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. (Not NAMI sponsored)

Meets:  First Thursday of every month, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location:  UMFS, 3900 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA  23230, building #10-Administration
Contacts:  Kourtney Herndon or Cristy Corbin; 804.353.4461

NAMI Family Support Group – Hanover:

Meets: 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, 6:30 PM
Location: Cool Springs Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Contact: Linda McLeod at 804-789-9270 or NAMI Central Virginia at 804-285-1749

NAMI Family Support Group – Bon Air:

Meets: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:30 PM
Location: Bon Air Baptist Church, 2531 Buford Rd., North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Contact: Paula Harstad at 804-323-4404 or NAMI Central Virginia at 804-285-1749

NAMI Family Support Group – Brandermill/Woodlake:

Meets: 4th Monday of every month, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: The Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
Contact: NAMI Central Virginia at 804-285-1749

Henrico (Lakeside) Family Support Group:

Meets: Every Wednesday of each month, 6:30 PM (except 2nd Wednesday of the month)
Location: Lakeside Center – 5623 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228
Contact: NAMI CVA at 804-285-1749

Hanover County Family Support Group (Not NAMI sponsored):

Meets: 2nd Tuesday, every other month, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Beginning in July, will switch to 2nd Wednesday)
Location: 12300 Washington Hwy (Route 1), Ashland, VA 23005
Contact: Hanover CSB at 804-365-4200, or Kathy Redfearn 804-365-4230

NAMI Central Virginia Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group:

Meets: 1st Thursday of every month, 7:00 PM
Location: Monument Heights Baptist Church, 5716 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
Contact: NAMI Central Virginia at 804-285-1749