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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.

Vision

Community Transformation

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

Mission

Systems Transformation

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

Values
"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

VOCAL REACH

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

VOCAL REACH

VOCAL Co-OPP

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

VOCAL CO-OP

VOCAL Advocacy

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

VOCAL Advocacy

Virginia Mental Health Peer News

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Photos from Advocacy Day 2017

Advocacy Day may be over, but the work to speak up in favor of recovery-oriented mental health policy continues! Learn more about VOCAL Advocacy here: https://vocalvirginia.org/speak-up/ View an album of photos taken by I’Esha Hornes here: http://bit.ly/mhadvocacy17 Here’s a recap of the...

  • January 30, 2017
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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...