We are a non-profit grass roots organization and the voice for those affected by serious mental illness. Through ongoing education and training programs, support groups, and a helpline, we connect to people with the goal of improving the quality of life for recovering individuals and their families. We advocate at the local, state, and national levels to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and is committed to improving the lives of the community at large through free educational programs and community-wide inclusion.
Mental Illness is a physical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning, and ability to relate to others, often resulting in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
One in four adults experiences a mental health disorder in a given year. Fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a mental health condition receive mental health services in a given year.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of people affected by a mental health condition. NAMI Coastal Virginia is an affiliate of NAMI Virginia.
Comprised entirely of dedicated volunteer members and leaders, we work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy, and support group programs for people in our community living with a mental health condition and their loved ones. We are a pioneer in peer education, giving people a place to turn to find a strong network of support and the tools to reclaim their lives.
Joann A. Mancuso