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NAMI Northern Virginia is the Northern Virginia local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We serve the Northern Virginian counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.

NAMI Northern Virginia offers classes, support groups, and other services to individuals living with mental health conditions and their families and friends at no cost to participants. We also provide public presentations to raise awareness and educate within our community.

Founded in 1977 as Pathways to Independence, we joined the newly formed "National Alliance on Mental Illness" in 1979 and thereafter changed our name to NAMI Northern Virginia.

​The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI provides education, support, and advocacy to imporve the lives of those living with mental illness, as well as their families and friends, mental health professionals, and all who share NAMI's vision and mission. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1979, and now has more than 210,000 members and 1,200 affiliate groups across the U.S. It was named one of the "top 100 charities most likely to change the world" (Worth Magazine). 

The NAMI Northern Virginia chapter is one of a number of affiliates of both the NAMI Virginia and NAMI National organizations in the Washington, DC Area.


Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. From these experiences, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape and is known today as Mental Health America.

MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. MHA’s national office and its 200+ affiliates and associates around the country work every day to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization.


Since its inception in 1970, the non-profit Community Crisis Services, Inc. has become a one-stop calling center for information and compassionate assistance for those in crisis. Calling the Hotline is often the first step an individual makes to access the mental health services and social service organizations within the community. We are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone facing crisis and personal turmoil.

Our vision is to provide compassionate crisis support through our hotline, safe shelter programs and information and referral services.

MENTAL HEALTH.GOV provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. aims to educate and guide:

  • The general public

  • Health and emergency preparedness professionals

  • Policy makers

  • Government and business leaders

  • School systems

  • Local communities