Prepare Ye The Way!

For the Love of the Spirit


(The following is an abridgment of a brochure put out by VOCAL.  Visit their site for more in-depth information.   You may find links to their website in the article below and a link in the sidebar on the right.)

VOCAL is a nonprofit organization of people in mental health recovery.

They are a statewide (Virginia) community, support network, social change movement and self-help education program.  Their organization was created by and for people who have experienced emotional turbulence, mental health crisis, or extreme states of consciousness (commonly called mental illness.)

VOCAL focuses on creating broad-scale social change as well as change in the lives of individuals.  They work to transform the mental health system — and to create alternatives to the system — by promoting mental health recovery, self-determination and peer leadership.

As people who have experienced mental illness, they work to create programs that respect the inherent worth and dignity of all people, regardless of their current or past mental state, diagnosis, or use of medications.

VOCAL does

  • Advocacy
  • Community Building
  • Recovery Education, and
  • Grassroots Programs

Their Values

  • They value and work for the full human rights and self-determination of every individual, regardless of mental state or diagnosis.
  • They encourage individual input into creating a truly healing mental health system.
  • They value each person’s individual process of mental health recovery.
  • They value the worth and dignity of all people.

Hope and Healing

VOCAL has opened up a world of wellness that I never knew existed.  I have grown exponentially since the moment I walked into it — opening myself to become a conduit to share the hope of mental health recovery and healing beyond my wildest dreams.  (Robin H., Roanoke Virginia)



P.O. Box 1248

Charlottesville, VA. 22902




February 4, 2012 Posted by | Social Justice | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment