What is advocacy? To be an advocate is to be more than a cheerleader for a particular cause. For Mental Health America of Virginia, it means educating the community and policy makers about the complexities of mental health, offering supporting programs and resources to those who need it most, and changing the perceptions that surround individuals affected by mental illness.


Executive Directors from four Virginia MHA affiliates met recently with U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s staff to provide information on mental health needs in Virginia and MHA affiliate services.

Bruce Cruser (MHA Virginia/Richmond), Anna Mendez (Partner for Mental Health/Charlottesville), Ashley Reynolds Marshall (MHA Roanoke Valley) and Donna Gum (MHA Augusta/Staunton)


Mental Health Advocacy Update

2019 MHAV Policy Legislative priorities

2019 Legislation Tracking Chart

We are glad to partner for Mental Health Advocacy Day again this year, working with Voices for Virginia’s Children, NAMI Virginia and VOCAL in a major presence for mental health at the Virginia General Assembly on January 29, 2019.