Local Support Groups

Below is a listing of support groups in the Greater Richmond area that are open to family members of a child or adolescent with mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs. A few of the groups are open to teens and young adults.

We strive to keep this list as current as possible, but we recommend that if you plan to attend one of the groups, please use the contact information provided to make sure the group is active and meeting as listed.

For information on online support groups, click here.

 

The information on this page is provided as a convenience and does not constitute approval or endorsement of any support group by the Children's Mental Health Resource Center.


Groups are listed by meeting location (county/city)


Chesterfield County

Eagle’s Nest

Description: This is a faith-based support group that connects parents and caregivers of special needs children. The group provides parents with a positive opportunity to share, be encouraged, and receive guidance and support through relevant discussions and shared life experiences. Free childcare is provided by reservation. The SibSupport group for siblings of children with special needs meets at the same time (for children in grades 2-5). 

When: Generally the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 5-6 p.m.

Where: The Ridge Faith Community, 5130 Woolridge Road, Moseley, VA (Near the back entrance to Woodlake)

Contact: Tammy Burns, (804)638-4777, tammy@theridgeonline.cc

 

FACES Family Support Group

Description: FACES is a non profit corporation founded seven years ago by families of loved ones with brain disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and schizoaffective disorder. This support group offers support, education and referrals in the group sessions.

When: First and third Tuesday’s of every month.

Where:  Family FACES Center, 11601 Lucks Lane, Midlothian, VA, just across the parking lot from St. Marks United Methodist Church.

Contact: (804)378-0035 or visit their website: www.FACESVA.org

 

Families Anonymous (Chesterfield)

Description: Families Anonymous Richmond (FA) is a Twelve-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.

There are three weekly meetings in the Richmond area (in Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties). The information below is for the group that meets in Chesterfield.

When: Thursday nights, 7:30-9:00pm 

Where: Huguenot Road Baptist Church, 10525 West Huguenot Road, in Chesterfield County. Across from Old Gun Road. Meets on the second floor. No Elevator.

Contact: (804) 262-0932, famanon@gmail.c​om, or visit their website

 

NAMI Central Virginia Family Support Group

Description: This group has monthly support group meetings for family members of individuals with mental health needs. 

When:  First & third Thursdays of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  

Where:  Main campus of Bon Air Church, 2531 Buford Rd., Chesterfield 23235

For more info: Contact Paula Harstad, Facilitator, peapharstad@comcast.net804-323-4404 or visit
http://www.namicentralvirginia.org/



Hanover County

Hanover County Family Support Group

Description: This is a support group for Hanover County residents who are family members of individuals with mental illness. The group is facilitated by leaders who also have personal experience having a child, parent, spouse, or sibling with serious mental illness. The group’s purpose is to support one another, share experiences of living with a family member with mental illness and learn from our experiences, discuss challenges and gain insight, and advocate for loved ones. No fees and no registration required.

When: Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Hanover County Community Services Board (CSB) Board Room, 12300 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA

Contact: Renae Sands, Hanover Community Services, (804)365-4219

 

Families Anonymous (Hanover)

Description: Families Anonymous Richmond (FA) is a Twelve-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.

There are three weekly meetings in the Richmond area (in Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties). The information below is for the group that meets in Hanover.

When:  Monday nights, 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Episcopal Church of the Creator, 7159 Mechanicsville Turnpike, in Hanover County. Meets at the back of the square building, lower floor.

Contact: (804) 262-0932, famanon@gmail.c​om, or visit their website
 



Henrico County

Henrico Family Support Group

Description: This group is for family members of individuals (older adolescents and up) with mental illness. The group offers support, education on mental illness, coping strategies and community resources. Facilitated by a psychiatric nurse. No costs and no restrictions based on where you live.

When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (except the 2nd Wednesday of the month)

Where: Lakeside House, 5623 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA

Contact: Davette Chamberlain, Henrico County Mental Health and Developmental Services, (804) 236-8752 

 

Parents of Children (Preschool age/School age) with Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism Interest Group

Description: This group is sponsored by the Autism Society of America - Central Virginia Chapter. It offers an opportunity for family members to learn about information and resources for parenting a child with Asperger's Syndrome.

When: Monthly (check the Austism Society website for specific dates and times)

Where: River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Road, Henrico, VA

Contact: Bradford Hulcher, (804) 257-0192, asacv@aol.com

 

Families Anonymous (Henrico)

Description: Families Anonymous Richmond (FA) is a Twelve-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.

There are three weekly meetings in the Richmond area (in Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties). The information below is for the group that meets in Henrico.

When: Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:00pm

Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 8787 River Road, in Henrico County.  Meets in the Library. Elevator is not operational in the evening. 

Contact: (804) 262-0932, famanon@gmail.c​om, or visit their website

 



Richmond
 

NAMI Central Virginia Family Support Group

Description: This group has monthly support group meetings for parents of children with mental health needs. 

When:  Last Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  

Where:  Children's Mental Health Resource Center, 1506 Willow Lawn Drive, Ste. 207, Richmond.  (Across from the Kroger at Willow Lawn Shopping Center.)

For more info: Contact Diana Donnelly at dianadonnelly84@gmail.com or Cristy Corbin at (804) 301-6848.

 

NAMI Hope Voice: Richmond Youth Group

Description:  This is an activity-based youth group for teens, ages 12-18, who personally have a mental health condition or have a parent or sibling with a mental health condition.  Free; refreshments served.

When:  Alternate Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Starts Feb. 11, 2015!

Where:  Interstate Office Park, 2104 W. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond 23227.

For more info:  Contact Amanda Long at along@namivirginia.org or (804) 285-8264 ext. 211.

 

Richmond Asperger's Syndrome Meetup Group

Description: This group has monthly support group meetings. For Asperger's adults, and families with Asperger's children that live in Richmond, Glen Allen and Ashland, VA (and surrounding counties). The group maintains an online discussion support group. (Yahoo! Groups)

For more info: Check the group's webpage

 

LGBTQ Youth Support Group

Description: Open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth, ages 14-20.

When: Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: ROSMY, 2311 Westwood Ave, Richmond VA 23230

For more information, contact Lee Steube at (804) 644-4800 or youthprograms@rosmy.org. The organization also offers a Youth Support Line: (804) 644-4390.

 

Transgender Support Group

Description: This program is designed specifically for topics related to gender identity and gender expression. All youth ages 14-20 years old are welcome.

When: Thursday nights, 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: ROSMY, 2311 Westwood Ave, Richmond VA 23230

For more information, contact Lee Steube at (804) 644-4800 or youthprograms@rosmy.org. The organization also offers a Youth Support Line: (804) 644-4390.

 


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In additional to groups that meet in person, there are many online groups, forums and blogs that offer information and support to families on issues of mental health.

Users should remember that some online groups may provide misinformation, and that diagnosis and treatment of a mental health problem can only be done by a qualified health professional.

Read tips for making the most of online support groups from Psych Central.

The American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse provides a searchable database with information on over 1,100+ national, international and demonstrational model self-help support groups. To visit the Sourcebook, click here


Sampling of online support groups for parents

Richmond Aspergers Group  (Facebook)

Parents of ADHD Children Message Board  (AdhdNews.com)

OCD and Parenting List  (Yahoo! Groups)

 

 

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2015