YOU ARE NEVER ALONE
RESOURCES, SUPPORT GROUPS, CARING PEOPLE
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NAMI Rappahannock Serving Fredericksburg and the Counties of
Caroline, King George, Stafford, and Spotsylvania
Mental Health Emergency
You are not alone! Help is available. In case of a mental health emergency
Share all the information you can with your 911 operator. Tell the dispatcher that your loved one is having a mental health crisis and explain his or her mental health history and/or diagnosis. If the police who arrive aren’t aware that a mental health crisis is occurring, they cannot handle the situation appropriately.
Many communities like our community have crisis intervention team (CIT) programs that train police officers to handle and respond safely to psychiatric crisis calls. Not every police officer is trained in a CIT program, but you should ask for a CIT officer if possible.
Have a Mental Illness or Family Member or Friend that Does? We Are Here To Help.
What is NAMI?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help group which offers support and advocacy to persons with mental illness, families, and friends of people with various mental illnesses. Founded in 1979, NAMI has more than 210,000 members who seek equitable services for people with severe mental illnesses that are known to be brain disorders. Working on the national, state, and local levels, NAMI provides education about these illnesses, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious mental illnesses.
NAMI Rappahannock is an affiliate chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We are all advocating to bring more awareness and education to erasing the stigma of mental illness.
NAMI Rappahannock is fortunate to have veteran members who have spent years working as loving and caring volunteers for persons with mental illness. They have learned their lessons the hard way, by living and caring for their loved one. They are examples of courage and hope that is contagious. They are here to take your hand and walk with you on your journey.
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential online learning program that is free and is for anyone with a mental health condition who is interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
NAMI Family Program
NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute online seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.
Online Support Groups
Due to the Coronavirus, all in-person classes, and programs have been cancelled for now. We do have two online support groups for adults with a mental illness. There are also other online support groups available.
The best way to know about our FREE programs and other NAMI Rappahannock activities is to join our email list.
We respect your privacy and only send out emails to notify you of things of importance.
Are you a teenager that needs help? Contact the Teen Text Support Line at
It’s designed for 14 to 20 year olds and is available from 12 pm to 10 pm.
The support line is staffed by youth under 23 years of age.
In addition to the NAMI programs above, there are other support groups that are not affiliated with NAMI that you may want to check out. For more information about any of the programs below, contact Cindee Dickens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite being relatively common, many people who hear voices, see visions or have similar experiences feel alone. Fear of prejudice, discrimination, and being dismissed as ‘crazy’ can keep people silent. At a time when we are told that it is ‘time to talk’, it is important that anyone courageous enough to speak out is met with respect and empathy.
Sundays: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®.
Thursdays: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST
Meditate and Work the Energy of Resilience
In our meditation space we will take a look at our emotions, build on our resilience skills and have fun.
Fridays: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST