Come join NAMI Virginia, Voices for Virginia’s Children, MHAV, VOCAL, and SAARA of Virginia for 2020 Mental Health Advocacy Day. Address your legislators with fellow mental health advocates to ensure our state budget and policies support mental health. More information such as one pagers, schedules, and talking points will be provided soon.
MHAV’s Advocacy 101 training program is three days of workshops on advocacy at the state policy level and hands-on advocacy experience at the legislature to promote consumer civic engagement. The retreat focuses on skills and tools that build confidence, encourage participation and speaking in public. The program format is two days in class and a morning at the General Assembly in Richmond, meeting legislators and advocating together for mental health awareness. Local commuters are also welcome to attend!
Survivors of Trauma Obtaining Resilience and Empowerment
The (Re)STORE program uses Peer Recovery Specialists to facilitate trauma-informed training and recovery support for crime or trauma survivors anywhere in Virginia. MHAV is known for its mental health recovery and empowerment trainings, provided throughout Virginia and funded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health for over 15 years. (Re)STORE adapts MHAV’s current recovery programming to help fill the gap in community mental health recovery services for adults who have been affected by crime or are in recovery from trauma. The goal is to facilitate ongoing recovery by using a strengths-based approach to empower individuals toward self-advocacy.
MHAV was one of 15 recipients in the U.S. awarded an ALKERMES Inspiration Grant™ in 2016, which allowed us to create and provide this special 3-day training in different regions of the state.
Referrals are encouraged from Victim Witness Programs, Domestic and Sexual Assault Crisis Centers, local Community Services Boards, advocates and service providers throughout Virginia. Participants must complete an application process and provide references at least 30 days in advance of a training.