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Virginia Family Network (VFM), Program of NAMI Virginia


The Virginia Family Network (VFN) is a contractual agreement between the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and NAMI Virginia launched in 2011.  The purpose is to create a statewide network of families who support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family-driven and youth-guided policy throughout the child-serving systems. The initiative is designed to “meet the family where they are” through activities such as providing support groups, training, resources, and mentorship from other families with children and youth with mental health needs. We are committed to ensuring that no matter where a family lives, they have access to the support and information that they need so that no family ever feels alone. VFN is Virginia’s Statewide Family Network and voice for families.  We work in partnership with our statewide affiliates, mission-aligned organizations and individual parents and youth to build this grassroots capacity.


In Crisis?

  • Call or text National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988
  • Lifeline Chat:

NAMI HelpLine: M-F 10am-10pm ET

  • Call Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
  • Text: 62640
  • Chat:

Local NAMI Chapters – Local community groups of those impacted by mental health who work with Virginia Family Network and Youth MOVE Virginia to provide free local support groups, referrals and educational courses.

Note: The NAMI Virginia website is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Filipino, French, German, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.


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