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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


Organizing and Activism: Are they the same?

This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how change gets made. Journalists joke about the process of reporting as “How the sausage gets made” –  a visual, smelly reminder that creating something can be messy. That final newspaper article or radio broadcast looks or sounds p...


Member Spotlight – Tammy Ozolins – VAPRA Keynote Speaker

By Tammy Ozolins To give you a basic back ground of myself, I was born in Buffalo, NY and then I moved to Richmond, VA. I have been living in Richmond for the past 12 years now. I have two parents, and four brothers (one is my twin). This is a summary of my story, for people to see you can live in r...

Member Spotlight – Marcus Cowgill of Computer Empowerment

I’ve had a great life so far, and my mental health has been part of the picture. I spent the first half of my 54 years as a student and eventually a researcher, earning a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology in 1992.  I had planned for a career as an academic or consultant, y...