Be a #Stigma Fighter and Show Your Support for #MentalHealth!
Mental Health America of Virginia invites you to participate in MHA’s new FIGHT IN THE OPEN t-shirt campaign. The t-shirts ordered by April 27th will be printed and shipped in time to be worn during “May is Mental Health Month.”
FIGHT IN THE OPEN carries on the legacy of MHA Founder Clifford Beers. Over 100 years ago he chose to tell his story and publicly advocate for change.
The t-shirt design was created exclusively for MHA by Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess, who openly shares his experience with mental illness and chooses to Fight in the Open. Both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the famous Louvre in Paris have Hess’ art in their permanent collection.
The campaign ends April 27th. Proceeds are shared between national Mental Health America and MHAV. There are several styles available.
Be a stigma fighter and show your support for mental health! Order your shirt today by clicking here.
Announcing a new program for people who have been a victim of crime and are in recovery from any associated trauma:
Survivors of Trauma Obtaining Resilience and Empowerment – (Re)STORE
There is no cost to participants for this 3-day, retreat style program, offered in 5 different locations around the state. Peer Recovery Specialists facilitate trauma-informed recovery support for crime survivors from anywhere in Virginia. The goal is to facilitate ongoing recovery while preventing re-victimization and repeat hospitalization. The approach is strengths-based to empower individuals toward self-advocacy. The curriculum includes modules on: trauma and resilience, loss and grief, recovery tools, self compassion, mindfulness, self-advocacy and others.
Apply for our upcoming (RE)Store program dates:
Attention Certified Peer Recovery Specialists!
MHAV is excited to announce our CELT Program has been approved to provide 19 CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits) for Certified Peer Recovery Specialists!
MHAV is looking for Recovery Education Facilitators!
MHAV is seeking qualified Peer Recovery Specialists to co-facilitate one or more of the agency’s recovery education trainings in different parts of Virginia during 2017-2018.
Legislature Passes Major Investments, Improvements in Virginia’s Behavioral Health System
The recently completed legislative session took place in the shadow of news about Virginia’s mental health care problems. With publicized deaths in Virginia jails, an epidemic of fatalities due to heroin overdoses and a national Mental Health America ranking of 38th in access to mental health services, the public and stakeholders alike were advocating for meaningful change. Fortunately, the Governor and the legislature agreed on many actions to improve our system of behavioral health care. The Governor proposed over $30 million in additional funding at the start of the session, and members of the Joint Legislative Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services and others put forward several bills to improve mental health services.