Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV) traces its beginnings to 1937, when a group of doctors founded the Virginia Association of Mental Hygiene in an effort to advocate against the sterilization of Virginia psychiatric patients.
MHAV has a long history in Virginia as a voice of reason, advocating mental wellness, dignity in treatment and reduction of barriers to treatment for those who seek mental health services. Through our conferences we reach out to persons with lived experience of mental illness who are in recovery. Our goal is to encourage consumers to become involved in communities in a meaningful way.
MHAV’s also educates people about mental health issues and concerns. Our goal is to increase the understanding of mental illness and recovery and eliminate stigma. We believe that education and empowerment are key.
Anne came to MHAV in January 2013. Prior to joining MHAV, she worked for 15 years non-profits and the UN in humanitarian advocacy and coordination in a variety of countries, including the DR Congo, Haiti, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. As an advocate for humanitarian aid and civilians in crisis zones, she became aware of and a proponent for trauma-informed care and psychosocial programming. She volunteers in Richmond to aid in refugee resettlement and mediation opportunities to resolve conflicts.
MHAV operates a peer-run Warm Line for the state of Virginia
from 9-5, M-F. Trained peer specialists are available to help individuals,
family members, and other concerned parties who are struggling with navigating
mental health challenges and the mental health system in Virginia. We also
offer referral services for those who request. MHAV’s Warm Line is not a crisis
service, and does not offer medical or legal advice. Spanish language service available.
MHAV conducts peer-run conferences around the state throughout the year for people in recovery from addiction, mental health challenges or trauma. Developed with a self-empowerment focus, MHAV's conferences equip individuals with solid self-awareness and a few key tools to become agents of change among peers, communities and systems. It is MHAV's goal to develop confident and competent leaders, and to support each person's recovery and transformation.
Quest is a three-day conference for the person new to recovery. It teaches fundamentals to recovery and the importance of goal-setting through a physical challenge component. Whole health and resiliency tools are also offered.
Consumer Empowerment and Leadership Training (CELT)
CELT is a four-day conference designed to equip mental health consumers with tools for successful leadership: conflict resolution, self-advocacy, the mental health rights movement, effective communication skills and trauma and cultural awareness are explored.
Pathfinders is a three-day conference for anyone who has served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces. Topics addressed include: trauma recognition, relationship building, networking, and principles of recovery.
MHAV holds an Advocacy Conference every year during the legislative session that focuses on action and change. This conference takes place in the capital and culminates with a lobby day for mental health awareness and on issues that conference attendees wish to raise with their representatives.
Designed to impart facilitation skills and practice time to the person new to leading groups or workshops, but desires to hone their skills and become an engaging facilitator.
Through training evaluations and contact with our flagship program graduates, at least 90% of MHAV’s constituents exhibit a higher sense of self-esteem and a strengthened connection to their communities. In 2013, MHAV will have conducted 12 conferences with more than 100 participants throughout the Commonwealth.
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