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NAMI Rappahannock Serving Fredericksburg and the Counties of
Caroline, King George, Stafford, and Spotsylvania

Check out our New Family Support Group

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

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.


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. 

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.


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.

Urgent Help Resources, 24/7

Dial 540-373-6876  

This goes to the Rappahannock Community Resources Emergency Services, a widespread public-private provider, with clinics in Fredericksburg and each surrounding county. 

Dial 911 if fearing physical danger, and state that it is a mental health emergency.  This goes to the local public safety dispatcher.

Dial 988, offers phone or “chat” option.  This is the former National Suicide Prevention Lifeline of trained responders. It can help people experiencing any kind of severe emotional distress. Also appropriate if worried about a loved one.  Also provides links to resources nationwide.

Specialized hotlines listed at  These include for Dear + Hard of Hearing TTY Users; for Veterans; for Domestic Violence; for Sexual Assault; for “Trevor Hotline” for LGBTQ Youth; for LGBT adults; for Trans people.

A “hotline” is primarily for emergencies.  A “warm” or “help” line is for conversation, strategizing, and referrals.


Non-crisis Resource Referrals

from trained, understanding peers

NAMI Rappahannock Helpline



A peer volunteer will answer or return your message very soon.

Virginia NAMI Helpline


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