There are support groups in Richmond, Virginia and surrounding counties for families with a young family member struggling with a mental health problem.
A comprehensive list of mental health support groups can be found through the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center.
Chesterfield County Virginia Support Groups
Description: Various family and individual mental health support groups in Chesterfield VA
NAMI Virginia Support Groups
You can do a search for groups on National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) in your area by going to this page and entering your criteria.
NAMI Central Virginia Programs & Support Groups
See this page for programs like Family to Family which is for family members and/or caregivers of individuals with mental illness. You are not alone. The curriculum focuses on panic disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.
Eating Disorder Family Support Groups
Description: This is a support group for parents and family members of adolescents and young adults with an eating disorder. It meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Huguenot Road Baptist Church. The group begins at 7 pm and ends promptly at 8:30. Great video on Eating Disorders.
- children, adolescents, young women or young men with bulimia, binge eating or anorexia
- other support groups on eating disorders in and around richmond va
FACES Family Support Group
Description: FACES is a non profit corporation founded by families of loved ones with the brain disorders listed below. This support group offers support, education and referrals in the group sessions.
- bipolar disorder
- schizoaffective disorder
- Plus others like OCD and BPD
Family Educational Group for Substance Abuse Disorder
This is a group focused on educating parents on substance abuse disorder (addiction). You will find resources, what to do next and how to use the opioid trainers. For anyone with a loved one with addiction, this is a fantastic group sponsored by COBE at VCU. Hosted by the Northstar Community in Richmond VA. Family Educational Group meets once a week. There are different topics each week and you get on a mailing list to find out the schedule.
Families Anonymous Richmond (FA) Support Groups
Description: FA is 12-step support group for those concerned about their loved ones abuse of alcohol, drugs, or related behavior problems, whether current, suspected, or past abuse. A group consists primarily of parents, but relatives and friends, as well as others dealing with a family member’s addiction, are welcome members of the group. The program focuses on the recovery of the family, not the user. The basic strength of the program comes from fellowship and sharing of concerns. Members learn that the addict’s illness affects the lives of everyone close to them and that there are ways to regain their serenity. To get their lives back together, FA members work the twelve steps, attend weekly meetings, and take advantage of the fellowship that is freely offered by other members.
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Related behavior and mental health problems
Other family mental health support groups and the most updated list is here.
Family Support Program – The Healing Place (Caritas)
Description: The Healing Place Provides a pathway to recovery for men struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. It is well established that alcoholism and drug addiction are primary diseases that affect the entire family. In most cases family members dealing with these issues feel afraid, ashamed and very much alone. Even when an afflicted family member does manage to reach effective help, this powerful family dynamic continues to negatively influence the family’s mental, emotional and physical welfare well into the individual’s continued recovery or relapse. Without education, continuing support and guidance, the family often lapses into old dysfunctional patterns and roles.
- alcoholism and drug addiction
Recovery Resources & Tools for Substance Use Disorders – McShin Foundation
Description: The objective is to educate the public about substance abuse disorders and how we can help. All are welcome to participate and ask questions.
- Resources for alcoholism and drug addiction
Overdose Grief Support Group
There is a new support group forming in the Richmond, VA area. It’s called GRAPLE, which stands for Grief Recovery for Addicts Parents Living Everyday. It is for parents who have lost a child to substance abuse or addiction. Unfortunately, there are several of us who have suffered the loss of our children due to this insidious disease in the RVA area.
Our first public meeting will be on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st. Meetings will be held on a weekly basis, on Tuesdays, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the McShin Foundation, 2300 Dumbarton Road, Richmond VA. 23228
If you, or anyone you know would be interested please feel free to share this announcement.
For further information, Contact Tracy Grow at (804) 229-5024 or GrapleRVA@gmail.com
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
Description: A National Alliance on Mental Illness-Central Virginia hosted group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Meets 7-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Monument Heights Baptist Church, 5716 Monument Ave. Contact: Kathy Harkey at (804)285-1749.
Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Description: A new peer-facilitated support group. Meeting Nov. 20 and the third Thursday of every month after that, 6:30-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church-Pusey House, 2705 Park Ave. Contact Ren Bell at (804) 548-6670.
- Suicide survivor grief support group – Richmond VA – Chippenham Hospital
- NAMI-CVA Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group – Richmond, VA– Monument Heights Baptist Church
- Full Circle Suicide Loss Support Group – Richmond VA– Full Circle Grief Center
- Healing After Suicide – Hopewell VA – John Randolph Medical Center
Meetups for Mental Health
Description: These are probably more for actual mental health sufferers than families of sufferers but worth mentioning anyway.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Groups by areas in Richmond and Tri Cities
- NAMI Central Virginia Meetups
- ADD Meetups
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