This information was compiled by Central Peer Connect, (CPC), a group of people in Central Virginia who are dealing with mental health issues and want to share information they have found helpful in their recovery. They are providing this information to the Hanover Mental Health Association in order to allow access to more people through this website.


Here you will find information about support lines, support groups, recovery tools, websites, educational opportunities, assistance obtaining medication, how to find a counselor and more.


The goal of Central Peer Connect, (CPC), is to unite mental health consumers in central Virginia through group discussions and projects aimed at making a difference in the community.  CPC aims to inspire hope and educate people about resources for people at all stages of their recovery who are searching for ways to feel and stay well.


Hot lines and crisis lines

Warm lines


Help obtaining medications

Jobs, housing and legal assistance

Meal assistance

Community Service Boards and other providers

Counselors and doctors

Support groups and organizations



Educational opportunities


Hot lines and crisis lines  


800-273-TALK or 800-273-8255

800-SUICIDE or 800-874-2433



  804-675-5000 (press 1)



The YWCA has hotlines for women and their children suffering from domestic violence.

Richmond, VA:  804-643-0888



If you need someone to evaluate you and, if necessary, transport you to the hospital, contact the CSB crisis line in your area.

RICHMOND (RBHA) 804-819-4100

HANOVER 804-365-4200


CHESTERFIELD  804-748-6356


PETERSBURG  804-862-8000



Warm lines and support lines  

HEALING EAR WARM LINE, Harrisonburg, Va.

A warm line open to everyone who just needs someone to talk to. This is not a crisis line. 

2 p.m. – 7 a.m.

540-438-9205 Bobbie

540-432-0479  Ronnie

If long distance charges are a problem, they will call you back.


Mental Health America -- Virginia (MHAV) WARM LINE

866-400-6428 (menu option 1)

If you have to leave a message, your call with be returned within one business day.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami) WARM LINE




The CSU is an unlocked facility that is an alternative to hospitalization when you are in crisis. If you live in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield or Hanover, contact your Community Services Board (CSB) crisis line, and ask to be considered for this program.  This is a new unit of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA).




 “Mental Health Recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential.”– The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health


Can I recover?

Do people really recover? Absolutely. People with psychiatric diagnoses get well and stay well.  While some individuals become free of psychiatric concerns altogether, others learn new ways of living in and adjusting to the world.  No matter what your circumstances may be, there is great reason to be hopeful.


Recovery is a journey 

Recovery is a journey to create a positive change in the way you feel or in your enjoyment of life. It is about living well.  It is about moving beyond your medical diagnosis. It is about defining yourself rather than accepting how you have been defined by others. Instead of focusing on “what is wrong with me,” recovery focuses on “what is right with me.”  Recovery is often courageous work that takes consistent effort but its rewards are endlessly fulfilling.


Recovery and peer support

There is no “one-size-fits-all” path called Recovery. What works for one person may not work for another. Recovery depends on your unique needs, desires and ideas about life and wellness. Important steps on the recovery path are developing more self-awareness and learning how to treat one’s body, mind and spirit. The more we know about ourselves and the actions we can take, the more we have control over our lives.


What is the role of medication in recovery?

Medication is one of the tools you may choose to use. It is important to have a good relationship with your physician so you can share in the decision-making process.


Peer recovery movement

In the peer recovery movement, “peer” refers to anyone who identifies with a shared experience around mental health issues. Many of the programs described in this section are run or taught by peers. 


Peer Support Specialists

A Peer Support Specialist is a peer in recovery with formal training to provide peer support and recovery education. Peer support specialists work within the mental health system or in peer-run organizations. 


Help obtaining medication 

Connection to Care


Crossover Ministries

Richmond and surrounding areas


Partnership for Prescription Assistance

888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669)

Medical Assistance for Low Income People

Medicare help with prescription drug

costs for people receiving Medicare

Nationally supported


Together RX Access


Virginia Department of Developmental

Health and Behavioral Services

Pharmacy Checker— Compare prices

(Some pharmacies will price match if you can prove a medication can be found cheaper elsewhere.)

Search the web for the company that makes the medications you take. Many provide help.

For example,

Wellbutrin is a GalaxoSmithKline drug and they have program called Bridges to Access 

866-PATIENT (866-728-4368)

866-475-3678  8 AM to 6 PM EST


Jobs, housing and legal assistance 


Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS)

Legal representation without charge to low income or elderly clients in civil cases

Office:  804-648-1012

Telephone intake: 804-200-6046

Prerecorded topic recordings: 866-534-5243


Dial 211 – Get Connected – Get Answers

Dialing 211 will direct you to services including housing, utilities, clothing, household needs, employment, education and food available from the State of Virginia, the United Way and other organizations.

Dial   211


Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)

If you are not receiving services from a CSB, call 804-662-7000.

If you do receive services through a CSB, see your case manager for a DRS contact.


Virginia’s Accessible Housing Resource

An online housing registry designed to help Virginian’s with disabilities find accessible, affordable places to live.



Contact Ellen Thornhill 804-745-6300


Meal assistance 


Freedom House

1400 Oliver Hill Way

Breakfast:  Mon-Fri. 6 -7:30 a.m.

Lunch:  Sat—3:30-4:20 p.m., Sun-12:30-1:30 p.m.

Dinner: Mon-Fri 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Stave Ministries

Monroe Park

Breakfast: Sundays -- 8:30-10:30 a.m.


Friends of the Homeless

Broomfield Christian Methodist

609 Jeff Davis Hwy

Lunch: Mon-Fri 12-12:30 p.m.


31st Street Baptist Church

823 N 31st Street


Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Trinity Baptist Church

2811 Fendall Avenue


Lunch: Mon., Wed.,  Fri 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


2nd Presbyterian Church

5 North Fifth Street


Lunch: Monday, 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 


St. Peter’s Catholic Church

800 East Grace Street


Lunch: Tuesday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


3rd Street Bethel, AME

614 North Third Street


Lunch: Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

815 E. Grace Street


Lunch: Thursday, 10:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sharon Baptist Church

22 East Leigh Street


Lunch: Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sept through June


Centenary United Methodist Church

411 East Grace Street


Lunch: Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Grace and Holy Trinity

8 North Laurel Street


Lunch:  Friday, 1-1:45 p.m.

(not August)


Sixth Mount Zion Baptist

14 West Duval Street


Lunch: Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


2nd Baptist Church

1400 Idlewood Avenue


Lunch: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Resurrection Lutheran Church

2500 Seminary Ave (Ed. Bldg)


Lunch: 12-2 p.m.

3rd Saturday of month  (not Aug.)


Strong Tower Church

15 West Clopton St.


Call for transportation

Lunch: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.


Food Not Bombs

Monroe Park

Main & Belvedere

Dinner: Sunday, 4 p.m.


Schedules are subject to change. For the latest information, see or call 804-343-2045 


Community Service Boards and other service providers 

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

107 S. Fifth Street Richmond, Va. 23219


Emergency Services Contact Number: 804-819-4100


Hanover CSB

12300 Washington Highway, Ashland, Va. 23005


Emergency Services Contact Number: 804-365-4200


Henrico/Charles City/New Kent CSB

10299 Woodman Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060


Emergency Services Contact Number: 804-727-8484


Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services CSB

6801 Lucy Coor Blvd, Chesterfield, Va. 23832

804-748-1227                                             ;  click on “Departments,” then “Mental Health”

Emergency Services Contact Number: 804-748-6356


Goochland and Powhatan CSB

P.O. Box 189 Goochland, Va. 23063


Emergency Services Contact Number: 804-556-3716


Petersburg CSB – District 19

20 W. Bank Street, Suite 2 Petersburg, Va. 23803


Emergency Services Contact Number: 804-862-8000


Fredericksburg – Rappahannock CSB

600 Jackson Street, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401


Emergency Services Contact Number: 540-373-6876


Daily Planet

Walk-in center for crisis intervention

Intake begins at 8 a.m.

517 Grace Street, Richmond, Va 23220



VCU Health Systems (MCV)

Intake into Mental Health

1250 East Marshall, Richmond, Va. 23298



Network of Care – Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)

For residents of the city of Richmond; 

Monday – Friday;  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Click on “Mental/Behavioral Health,” then click on “Virginia”


McGuire Veterans Administration Mental Center (VAMC)

1201 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, Va.

804-675-5000 (press 2 for appointment or clinic information)


Counselors and Doctors 

Finding a counselor

Finding a counselor is a very personal choice. What works for one may not work for another. If you don’t feel you connect with a counselor, keep looking. 

Here are some questions you might find helpful to ask. Do you feel comfortable with the therapist? Is it easy to make small talk? Is the person down to earth?  Does the therapist have experience helping others with the same particular issues you have?  Is the counselor licensed? What is their educational background?  Does the counselor accept your insurance?  Do they have a sliding scale if you don’t have insurance? 

Talking with your doctor – coordinating your care

Ask questions.

It is a good idea to make sure that your doctors are aware of each other. Does your psychiatrist communicate with your physician?  Do your physician and psychiatrist know all the medications your are taking?  For example, does your psychiatrist know about any other medications you are taking, such as insulin. 

Have you asked your doctor to explain the reason for all your medications? Have you asked him to discuss alternatives with you? For example, could you take one with fewer side effects or side effects that would be easier for you to tolerate?

 Emergency contact information card

Sample emergency card information you should carry with you:

In case of emergency, please notify:

Mary Jones, my friend   Phone:    

Bob Smith, my friend  Phone

My Primary Care Doctor is Dr. Johnson,  Phone  

My Psychiatrist is Dr. Russell, Phone

MY MEDICATIONS   (include all meds, e.g., heart, etc.)


Support groups and organizations 

You are not alone.

In the greater Richmond area, there are many support groups for you and your family. There are also peer-run organizations and resource centers that have educational programs and other helpful information. There are national organizations that provide resources. Many of these organizations have websites with information and tools. Many also have conferences with speakers and workshops and, perhaps most importantly, a chance to meet a large number of peers. 

Participants in all these programs are enthusiastic about meeting others to share experiences and stories about recovery journeys. You will hear the words “inspiration” and “hope” used often.  Below are some central Virginia resources. New ones are always becoming available. 

 Friends 4 Recovery Whole Health Center

A self governing consumer-run, mutual support group and Whole Health Center providing a variety of educational, health related and social activities

Who? Anyone looking for support and recovery for mental health challenges.

Support Groups:

1st and 3rd Fridays, 3-4:40 p.m.  Both English and Español groups

Fun & Fit Activities

Mon, Wed, Fri.: 1-6 p.m.. 

Call for current calendar of activities.

Where? Friends 4 Recovery Whole Health Center

Rockwood Office Park

9511 Hull Street

Richmond, VA 23236


English:  804-308-1366 or 804-308-1368

Español: 804-307-7653

E-mail English—

E-mail Español—



Richmond Depression – Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

A DBSA support group facilitated by an experienced psychiatric nurse. 

Who? Friends, family and consumers with bipolar, depression or schizoaffective disorder

1st and 3rd Tuesdays; 7- 9 p.m.

Chippenham Hospital (7101 Jahnke Rd, Richmond, Va.)

Tucker Pavilion, Krauss Auditorium or the gym

No advance sign-up necessary.

Contact: Ken Farmer 748-0559

Website: National organization website:

Recovery tools, education opportunities, conferences, webinars, general information


Richmond-Henrico Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Fun, loving, caring, nurturing recovery oriented group. Some meetings include speakers with professional expertise. Offers NAMI Peer-to-Peer trainings

Who: Anyone suffering with any type of disorder, friends and relatives are welcome

Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm

Meetings are set month by month, contact Pat to get reminder call.

Where: 420 Oronoco Ave, Richmond VA  23222

Contact: Patricia Vaughn, Facilitator, 804-519-5971 or 804-321-1333. Pat is a certified NAMI Peer-Peer Educator and “In Our Own Voice” speaker


eers Empowering Peers

Peer Support and Wellness Education

Who: Anyone who lives with the challenge of mental illness

2nd Tuesday of each month 2-3:00 pm

Chester House, 11814 Chester Rd., Chester, VA  23831

Contact: Donnie Redford, 804-748-6787,
www.Chesterfield Recovery

Mental Wellness Support Group

A support group facilitated by a psychiatric nurse

Who: Anyone who lives with the challenge of mental illness

3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm

The Christ Ascension Church,

Laburnum Ave. at Hermitage Road

Contact: Hugh McGuire 804-784-5181


ichmond Bipolar/Depression/ADD Support Group

Meet with local people suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, ADD or ADHD for discussion on coping strategies, general information, support and companionship.

Who:All those who suffer from bipolar, depression, or ADD and their guests

Thursdays from 6-8:00 p.m.

Hatcher Memorial Church

 2300 Dumbarton Road, Richmond, VA 23228

Contact: The website has e-mail contact information for the organizer and a calendar of events with times and locations. Go to and search for “Richmond bipolar/depression/add support group”


motions Anonymous

A twelve-step program and support group

Who: Anyone affected by mental or emotional challenges

Every Friday at 8 p.m.

The Christ Ascension Church, Laburnum Ave. at Hermitage Road

Contact: Will at 804-288-4319


ll Around Town Henrico Therapeutic Recreation

Members of this club plan monthly outings in the community and enjoy a variety of recreational and social activities.

Who: Adults with a mental health diagnosis

Contact: Meghan St. Clair CTRS


Megan plans events and maintains a mailing list for anyone interested in this program.


entral Virginia Peer Connect (CPC)

A regional peer group meeting where participants can network, share resources, complete group projects, and facilitate educational topics

Who: Mental health recovery peers and peer advocates

2nd Tuesday of month, 12:30-2 p.m.

Central United Methodist Church

1211 Porter Street, Richmond



Family Advocacy Creating Education & Services (FACES)

A nonprofit group dedicated to providing support, services and education

Who: Families and supporters of people who have experienced mental illness

Support group on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month. 

Monthly advocacy meeting on the 4th Tuesday each month with guest speakers.

Also has special events and education.

The FACES Center, 11601 Lucks Lane, Midlothian

Contact: John Ficklin 804-378-0035,


enrico Family Support Group

Education on mental health coping strategies and community resources

Who: Families and friends of those with a mental health diagnosis

1st, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of the month

Lakeside House

5623 Lakeside Avenue

Contact: Betty Miller 804-236-8752


irginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership (VOCAL)

Advocacy, networking, connections, technical assistance and education

3212 Cutshaw Avenue, Suite 205, Richmond, VA 23230

Contact: 804-343-1777, 800-862-5638



Mental Health America – Virginia (MHAV)

Education Programs, Advocacy

Who: Mental health consumers

Contact office or website for current information on programs.

3212 Cutshaw Avenue, Suite 315, Richmond, VA 23230

Contact: 866-400-6428, 804-257-5591


Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)

DBHDS has been working with a broad network of stakeholders to transform Virginia’s system to enhance community-based care for individuals, make overdue infrastructure improvements to state facilities and change the way services are delivered. Their strategic plans reflect efforts to fully embrace self-determination, empowerment and recovery for individuals in the state’s service system. The department has also been further examining the system and working with state and local leadership to determine the services that will be needed in the future.

Who: Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services system is comprised of 16 state facilities and 40 locally-run community services boards (CSBs) The CSBs and facilities serve children and adults who have or who are at risk of mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, or substance use disorders.


Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy (VOPA)

The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination.  We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment.

1910 Byrd Avenue, Suite 5, Richmond, VA  23230

Contact: 804-225-2042,


Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Info Line, helps to establish local support groups, supports scientific research, advocacy, educational materials, national conferences, newsletters, podcasts

Who: Consumers, their families, professionals and the public.

Contact: 800-826-3632,


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 

NAMI offers peer education and support, raises public awareness and advocates at the state and federal levels.

Who: People with mental illness and their families.

Contact: 888-999-6264,


Mental Health America

Educating the public about ways to preserve and strengthen its mental health and providing support to the 60+ million individuals and families living with mental health and substance use problems.

Who: Consumers, their families, professionals and the public.



U.s. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Site provides comprehensive information about mental health services and resources. See help line in “Finding a Counselor” section.

Who: Consumers, their families, professionals and the public.




Help and Recovery Strategies: 

Living Without Depression & Manic Depression  by Mary Ellen Copeland

The Depression Workbook  by Mary Ellen Copeland

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)  by Mary Ellen Copeland


Personal Stories 

An Unquiet Mind  by Kay Redfield Jamison

Detour  by Lizzie Simon

Firewalkers published by VOCAL, Inc.

Strong in the Broken Places  by Larry Fricks

Touched With Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison

The WRAP Story  by Mary Ellen Copeland



Many websites have pages with book titles and descriptions. For example, has a STORE page that contains a BOOKSTORE page at



Information, Wellness and Recovery: 

Mental Health America of Virginia

Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance

The Icarus Project

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Vermont Recovery site

To Write Love on Her Arms


Dual Diagnosis


Substance Abuse – Alcoholics Anonymous – Narcotics Anonymous - faith-based recovery


Educational opportunities 

Friends 4 Recovery Whole Health Center

A new peer-run resource center that has a variety of educational opportunities, including a class in speaking Spanish

English     804-308-1366, 804-308-1368

Español    804-307-7653

E-mail in English:

E-mail in Español:


Wellness through Leadership and Technology (WALTT)

Webinars, discussion lists, video conferencing, social networking, shared picture gallery, shared calendar, web-conferencing, web meetings


Do you have specific questions about mental health? Want to learn more about the consumer empowerment and recovery movements? Interested in online mental health resources? Post your questions here, and an expert at Mental Health America of Virginia will get back to you as soon as possible.


Maintained by the Virginia chapter of Mental Health America (MHAV).




A consumer empowerment program for veterans



Brain Disorders Demystified for Families

A six-week class




Advance Directives

As of July 1, 2009, the State of Virginia recognizes a mental health advance directive as part of a medical advance directive legal document.

Contact VOCAL, NAMI or MHAV websites for training opportunities


Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

A personal and private plan you create for yourself to help you in your recovery

Parts of WRAP:   Wellness Toolbox,  Daily Maintenance, What I look like when I’m healthy,  Triggers,  Warning Signs,  When things are breaking down,  Crisis Plan, Post-Crisis Plan

Contact: VOCAL 804-343-1777, 800-862-5638



Consumer Empowerment Leadership Training (CELT)

Peer- taught sessions with guest speakers and group activities: covers citizenship, advocacy, leadership and organizational skills

Scholarships available

Contact: MHAV at  866-400-6428 or 804-257-5591



A program to assist individuals in exploring their assets and needs as well as considering and planning for their own personal wellness

Helping participants to review their individual styles, values, strengths, dreams, expectations, resilience and hurdles and to improve skills related to communication, cooperation and mutual support

Scholarships available

Contact: MHAV at 866-400-6428 or 804-257-5591


NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course

9-week education course on mental illness

Free.  Membership not required

Visit  or phone NAMI helpline 800-950-NAMI (6242)


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