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Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit mental health organization working with recovery, wellness and healing as the foundational tenets behind our educational peer-run programs. We are the state-level representative for a national network that includes ten community-based affiliates in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Founded in 1937, MHAV is the oldest mental health advocacy organization in Virginia. We have been associated with our national affiliate since 1951, and we work closely with service providers and peers to complement an individual’s recovery. Our programs include educational retreats for people of lived experience with mental health and/or substance use issues and trauma who are now on a recovery path; a Warm Line telephone service for anyone in Virginia who needs a listening ear or wants a service referral in the state; a professional development network to support Virginia’s peer recovery specialists; and expand advocacy and educational campaigns that promote the voice of people with lived experience to change public policies for the betterment of all Virginians’ lives.

MISSION: To educate, empower and advocate on behalf of individuals, communities and organizations to improve mental health and reduce the conditions which impede mental wellness.

VISION: MHAV’s vision is that all people in Virginia achieve optimal mental wellness.

What does MHAV do?

MHAV advocates for public and private sector services and financing to ensure adequate and appropriate detection, treatment, housing, and rehabilitation programs. MHAV collaborates with consumers, families of consumers, mental health professionals, providers and the public to ensure that policy makers and stakeholders are aware of the concerns and needs of people in recovery.

MHAV also educates the public about mental health and mental wellness to eliminate the stigma which prevents people from receiving the help they need.

MHAV holds educational retreats for people in recovery and hosts a Warm Line for anyone in Virginia with questions about mental health and the services they can access.

More about MHA

Mental Health America was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. Beers wrote a book about his experience in both private and public institutions in A Mind that Found Itself, a book that is in its 41st reprint. From a well-to-do family with a history of mental illness, Beers’ book placed him at the forefront of a national patient-advocacy movement to prevent and treat mental illness.

You can help us champion mental wellness in Virginia by attending one of our upcoming events, volunteering your time, or donating money to help us reach more people in need.

Find their website here: www.mentalhealthamerica.net


Episode 35 of Voices of Recovery originally aired on WRIR 97.3 on April 19th, 2012. This episode focuses on Clifford Beers, the founder of Mental Health America.


           Bruce Cruser
            Executive Director

           Danielle Donaldson
            Program Manager

           Sarah Rudden
           Project Manager

           I’esha Hornes
           Program Assistant

Board of Directors

Nancy Graves
Vice President
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Dockum
St. Mary’s Bon Secours
Sheila Crowley
Heather Wilson
Marstel-Day, LLC
Rita Gerard
Mental Health America of Fredericksburg
Rev. Arcenia Jackson
Alethea Lambert
Hampton-Newport News CSB
Sara Link
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Anna Mendez
Partner for Mental Health
Timothy Palus
HCA Healthcare
President Emeritus and Advisory Council Liaison
Johanna ‘Sally’ Hoffman, MD

Advisory Council

Ann Benner
VOCAL Virginia
Stephen Dawe
Henrico Mental Health & Developmental Services
Calendria Jones
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Mike Newcomb
McGuire VA Medical Center
David Rockwell
Henrico Mental Health & Developmental Services
Lynn Sanders
University of Virginia
Dr. Joannna ‘Sally’ Hoffman, MD
MHAV Board Liaison

Virginia Affiliates

MHA of Augusta
101 W. Frederick Street,
Professional Bldg, Room 206
Staunton, VA 24401

MHA Fauquier County
Post Office Box 3549
Warrenton, VA 20188
(540) 341-8732

MHA of Fredericksburg
2217 Princess Anne Street, Suite 104-1
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 371-2704
(800) 684-6423

Hanover MHA
203 South Taylor Street
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 798-5902

Partner for Mental Health
911 East Jefferson St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 977-4673

MHA of Roanoke Valley
10 East Church Street, Suite 300
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 344-0931

MHA – Warren County
P.O. BOX 358
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 984-0303