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NAMI Virginia is the Virginia state office of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). NAMI Virginia was created in 1985 to provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by mental illness. It is our mission to improve the lives of all those who are affected by serious brain disorders and to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. NAMI Virginia's 27 local affiliates play an active role providing support, education, and advocacy at the community level.
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 27 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. They advocate for effective and timely services from their local service providers, and they offer hope to those suffering from the effects of mental illness and their families.
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