VOCAL Member Stories - BarbaraMental health recovery stories are at the heart of the peer movement. When you share your transformation with me, I may start to have hope for a way through darkness.

VOCAL and other mental health partners support peers in learning to tell their own recovery story — this can be a powerful creative healing tool for personal growth.

We also support peers in telling their story to specific audiences, including other peers, legislators, law enforcement and the public. To schedule a recovery storytelling workshop through VOCAL, contact Ann Benner at 804-343-1777.

VOCAL Member Stories

Firewalkers and Fire Stories Members who travel to speak and who shared their stories in two print publications exploring how their lives have been shaped by mental health challenges.

VOCAL’s YouTube channel – find mental health recovery stories from VOCAL members and partners from around the world.

National Storytellers Network Brimstone Grant Project – Slice of life stories as told by VOCAL members. Some are peers or staff or mental health providers. Click on the photograph or link to view a slideshow and hear the story:


VOCAL Member Stories - Traci Jones

Traci and Trillium

          Mordecai is an Artist

          Mystery Guest is a Wrecking Ball


          Kevin Tells Me His Motto

          Mike Newcomb, WRAP Facilitator

          Malaina’s Story


Personal Recovery Stories from Partners

ASHA International – You Can Recover – The You Can Recover Project brings you intimate testimonials from the people who have walked these roads, and they have an important message to share… YOU CAN RECOVER.

Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project – Part of the “I am the Evidence” campaign. Celebrates people who are in recovery and their supporters. The project uses photography to engage individuals, organizations, and communities in the support of recovery.

“I am the Evidence”– Campaign to share photos of peers around the country and world who celebrate recovery. A project of MHA of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In Our Own Voice – NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness.

Live Through This – A collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors.

Madness Radio Hosted by Will Hall, Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health explores ‘madness’ from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

This is My Brave – “Storytelling Saves Lives.” A community of advocates dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing our true personal stories through poetry, essay and song.