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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

My First Tattoo: What It Means and Why It Matters So Much To Me

By VOCAL member Tammy Ozolins I had a vision of my first tattoo and I knew exactly what I wanted it to say. I was going to leave it up to the tattoo artist to do the design. I was so nervous, though, this was going to be my first one. Thank goodness for one of my closest friends Amy coming with me. ...


Advance Directive Law Changing

Virginia has just passed a bill which will change who can assist others in writing advance directives. Advance directives are legal documents in which people give instructions to healthcare providers in the event that the person is no longer able to make decisions for themselves due to illness or in...

  • March 28, 2017

Your Mental Health Acronyms Cheat Sheet

Do you need help decoding the many acronyms and abbreviations used in meetings and communication about mental health? Your cheat sheet has arrived. This list was created for those of us who would like to participate in meetings where so much lingo is used that it almost sounds like an entirely new l...

  • February 23, 2017