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Personal Transformation

VOCAL impacts personal lives through networking peers to each other, sharing stories of hope, and offering leadership and recovery training.


Community Transformation

VOCAL impacts communities by outreach to determine unmet needs, convening workgroups, and networking peers regionally.


Systems Transformation

VOCAL impacts mental health support systems through advocacy, researching innovative solutions and networking peer-run programs.

"VOCAL offers people opportunities to see peers that have overcome obstacles and reached milestones in life, which they may not realize someone with a disability can achieve. Gives them hope in their own lives." - VOCAL Member

VOCAL Network

Connect with peers in recovery around Virginia -- more than 2000 VOCAL members statewide.

VOCAL Network


"Recovery Education and Creative Healing:" Find tools & trainings for finding & sharing wellness.



"Coalition Of Peer-run Programs:" Networking and resources to sustain peer-run programs.


VOCAL Advocacy

Learn how to speak up for services you need & unite with peers for systems change.

VOCAL Advocacy

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Virginia Mental Health Peer News


Speaking up for smart policy

With so much heartbreaking violence in the news, mental health policy is getting more attention. It’s a shame it takes a crisis — especially a crisis that might not be linked to mental health care at all. Understandably, many of VOCAL’s members have contacted our staff, asking “what ...

Guest Blogger Beth Gager Asks You To Look Inside

Gift to the World by Beth Gager When was it that you stopped being a gift to the world? Do you remember a moment, a life event, a certain shameful instant when you went from being the miracle you were born as and turned into one of the lost and broken ones? I remember when it happened to me. It was ...

  • June 22, 2016

Guest Blogger Meredith Bond Weaves The Future

Overcoming the Past, Dreaming of Tomorrow by Meredith Bond Vivian Greene once said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” When I was a sophomore in college, I fell down some stairs and acquired a degenerative, bulging disc. As a fine ar...