2019 Annual Mental Health Recovery Conference: “The Evolution of Us” May 20 and 21 at the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg

Registration is now open for the 2019 conference at The Hotel Madison.  The conference begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. What can you expect? Networking, camaraderie, innovative discussions, relaxation, our annual dance and karaoke on Monday night, opportunities for learning (including many workshops eligible for Continuing Education Units for Peer Recovery Specialists) and much more!  If money is a factor, there are $40 scholarships and reduced rates available to those who qualify.

To register by mail, please complete this form and return (along with payment) to the address at the bottom of the form. The online registration form is now available and includes an option for payment by debit or credit card.

Please spread the word by printing the poster!

We are pleased to welcome Savannah Hatcher, performer and mental health advocate, as our keynote. Savannah received a Bachelors of Music in classical piano performance in 2015.  Upon graduating, Savannah has opened her own music studio where she teaches private lessons to both piano and violin students. Her album, The String Theory, intends to evoke images of the wonders of the universe, featuring songs about the galaxy and the proposed scientific theory of everything: string theory.    

The album also discusses her struggle with bipolar disorder and her advocacy of mental health awareness, as well as social commentary on a variety of topics.


Are you interested in leading a workshop at the conference? We are seeking peer experts to present on subjects from mindfulness and conflict resolution, to anything you think would be of interest to other peers! Workshops are 1.5 hours in length. To apply, please contact yolande@nullvocalvirginia.org  Submit your workshop title, 4-5 sentences that describe your workshop, and a 3-4 sentence bio for each presenter. Also, please let us know if you need you need audio/visual access. The final day to submit a proposal is March 29.

Please use this link to the VOCAL Store if you have registered but not yet paid and would like to pay by credit card.

Select the conference package that matches your registration and complete the payment through the shopping cart.


Individuals and peer-run programs are encouraged to sell their wares at the conference. Vendors and Exhibitors seeking table space for advertising or educational purposes, please contact yolande@nullvocalvirginia.org 

If you need a room at the Hotel at Madison on the evening of Sunday, March 19, book using this LINK.

Click Reserve Now to select your dates of stay and enter the code ­­­­­­VOCAL19 in the Group Code box, then select your dates of stay and click Reserve Now again. You will be taken to a screen where you can select your room type and enter payment details. You may also call 540-564-0200 and say let the staff know you are making reservations for the Vocal 2019 Conference and the dates they will be staying at the hotel.


You may view last year’s schedule here: 2018 Annual Conference Program.
For your planning purposes, VOCAL is on schedule to host the conference in different locations each year, in order to accommodate peers coming from a distance. If the conference isn’t within 2.5 hours of your home this year, it should be soon! Harrisonburg 2019, Virginia Beach 2020, Roanoke 2021.