Standing up for the rights of people with mental disorders by representing the interests of those with mental health issues.
Educating the community about mental illness and reducing the stigma attached to people with mental illness. See our Resources page.
Sharing our experiences through support groups and community.
Tell Us Your Story! Telling your story—while being witnessed with loving attention by others who care—may be the most powerful medicine on earth. We are calling on people impacted by serious mental illness to share stories of healing, challenges, and lessons learned! We would like to know who you are and what it means to be you. Stories will be shared with a broader audience including policymakers, publications, and the media. Your stories help educate about what is important to people with serious mental illness and helps put a “personal” face on the issue. Tell your story today! Send email@example.com your story. Give us your OK to post and publish, and let us know if it's to be anonymous. You can change the names to protect your privacy.
The mission of NAMI Mid-Tidewater is to support individuals affected by mental health disorders along with their families, friends, and the community by sharing personal experiences, educating the public on the impacts of these disorders and advocating to rid the world of the stigma surrounding brain disorders.
NAMI Virginia’s ongoing advocacy work builds support for public policies to protect and improve mental health services, increase access to mental health services in the public and private sectors, and support effective recovery services for adults and children/adolescents with mental illness.
There are many ways to advocate for change.
Participate in the annual Lobby & Rally Day. Held every Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Richmond, we join the Coalition for Virginians with Mental Disabilities to advocate for increased funding for mental health services, meet with policy makers, and put a face on the issues we care about. Join us! Create a relationship! Organize a Meet and Greet with your state senator or delegate to build or strengthen our relationship with them and educate about mental illness.
To learn more about advocacy and how you can help, visit NAMI Virginia (the link will take you to their advocacy page) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org