The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grassroots organization dedicated to building       better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

NAMI Prince William welcomes you! We're a community of volunteers that provides not only education about the mental illnesses that affect one in five Americans but also support for those living with mental illness and their family members. All programs are offered free of charge to participants.

"If I'd known about NAMI when my son became ill, everything would have been a lot better," a member of NAMI-PW recently remarked. "Since then, I've received NAMI education and support that have made all the difference." 

Here is a sample of educational and supportive programs offered by NAMI Prince William (for more details, please consult "Programs" on this web site):

Family to Family: offered free of charge to family members, friends, and partners of adults living with mental illness. Family to Family is a 12-session education program designed to help participants understand and support their loved one living with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or other mental health conditions.

NAMI Basics: offered free of charge to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program that provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.

In Our Own Voice: offered free of charge to the public by those living with mental illness who have been trained to share their stories of struggle, recovery, and transformation.

Family Support Group: offered free of charge to family members, caregivers, and loved ones of those living with mental illness. The support group is led by a trained facilitator who also has a family member living with mental illness.

Parents and Teachers As Allies
Empowering teachers and school personnel to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students, NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies (PTA) opens the door for schools to make a difference. Our free, on-site presentation is led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition, a parent and a teacher. 

Ending the Silence: offered free of charge, an
 in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.

Say It Out Loud
gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens in faith-based or community youth groups.

NAMI PRINCE WILLIAM = HELP AND HOPE
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Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

The DBHDS Commissioner, Debra Ferguson, has released a report giving recommendations from the four Transformation Teams she created in 2014, adult behavioral health, adult developmental services, child and adolescent behavioral health, and justice-involved services.


The recommendations may be viewed at http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/about-dbhds/commissioner-transformation-teams/spring2015 and are open for public comment until May 31, 2015. 

Your Comments
You may submit an email with your comments at the Transformation Team web page until May 31, 2015. Or E-mail them to TransformationTeams@dbhds.virginia.gov


Town Hall Meetings

Meetings will be held at the below locations to provide the public with an opportunity to hear the recommendations in person. Your voice matters. Please make a point of attending a public meeting or voicing your feedback during the public comment period. 

Monday, May 11: 
Williamsburg Regional Library, 
515 Scotland St. Williamsburg, VA  23188  
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12:
Ferlazzo Human Services Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive Suite 200, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Friday, May 15: 
Piedmont Valley Community College, Main Building, Auditorium Room 229,
501 College Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22902
10 a.m. – 12  p.m.
Wednesday, May 20: 
Snyder Auditorium, Wytheville Community College, 1000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA 24382
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.


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