Family Support Groups in and Around Richmond VA for Mental Health

Updated 05/12/2017

There are support groups in Richmond, Virginia and surrounding counties for families with a young family member struggling with a mental health problem.mental health support groups richmond va

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.

Focuses are:

FACES Family Support Group

Meeting times and locations

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.

Focuses are:

  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • depression/anxiety
  • schizoaffective disorder
  • Plus others like OCD and BPD

Family Educational Group for Substance Abuse Disorder

Meeting times, info and location

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 an 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.

Families Anonymous Richmond (FA) Support Groups

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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.

Focuses are:

  • 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)

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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.

Focuses are:

  • alcoholism and drug addiction

Recovery Resources & Tools for Substance Use Disorders – McShin Foundation

Meeting times and locations

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.

Focus is:

  • 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

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.

Other RVA Suicide Support Groups

Meetups for Mental Health

Description: These are probably more for actual mental health sufferers than families of sufferers but worth mentioning anyway.

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