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Where in your community can you turn for support when you or a loved one needed it? Ready to get involved with local advocacy and want to know who to contact?

Check out our listings of mental health recovery resources below to learn what is available near you.

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  • You are not alone in your struggles. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a significant toll on each and every person's wellness.

  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) updates and vaccination info.

  • Virtual Recovery Resources, from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • From the National Institute of Mental Health, "My Mental Health: Do I Need Help?" (NIH).


  • For decades, people living with mental health challenges have been gathering together to offer each other mutual support. Lives are changed by having a safe space to come and be understood.

  • There are over 25 Peer-Run Centers and/or Programs across the state!

  • Check out VOCAL's current listing of Peer-Run Programs, here.

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  • VOCAL stands firm in our belief that the Black Lives Matter movement is the beginning of a community and systems transformation that will benefit all Americans, Virginians, and VOCAL members. The liberation of the Recovery community is bound together with the liberation of the Black community.

  • Justice and Reformation for Marcus David Peters

  • Racial Truth and Reconciliation Campaign

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)


  • Due to daily experiences of heteronormativity (i.e. the expectation of heterosexual relationships being the norm/default), members of the LGBTQ+ community are 2-3 times more likely to experience a behavioral health challenge.

  • Recognizing the likelihood of behavioral health professionals will work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer clients, VOCAL offers the Creating Safer Spaces: Examining the Intersection between Behavioral Health and LGBTQ+ Identities traning.

  • Equality Virginia

  • LGBT Life Center, of Norfolk

  • Nationz Foundation, of Richmond

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  • Veteran mental health services are essential in order to help our returning vets recover from their combat experiences and mental health issues related to their military service.

  • It is estimated that 8% of the general public will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, while the rate of PTSD for veterans who served in Irag and/or Afghanistan is about 11-20%.

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS)

  • Warriors Heart

  • Armed Services Arts Partnership


  • VOCAL is happy to offers ongoing technical assistance to peer-run programs and to groups interested in establishing new peer support programs. 

  • One way we provide this support is through our Establishing Board Roles and Responsibilities training.

  • VOCAL Staff are also available to review Articles of Incorporation paperwork for new peer-run programs.

  • The Provider's Handbook on Developing and Implementing Peer Roles 

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  • Your local CSB can be one of the best places to start for individuals interested in accessing mental health services.

  • 40 different Community Services Boards (CSBs) operate across the state of Virginia.

  • Search by your zip code here.


  • VOCAL is proud to be aligned with the following advocacy partners.

  • Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) of Virginia

  • disAbility Law Center (dLCV) of Virginia

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia and local affiliates

  • Mental Health America Virginia (MHAV)

  • Voices for Virginia's Children

  • Virginia Association of Community Services Board (VACSB)

I like how the trainers addressed issues of respect, privacy, and reaching out, but not forcing 'help' on people who don't want all of what we may have to offer. I liked hearing about the success stories, rather than always hearing about the broken mental health system...in the news, etc.

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