Mental Health America Visits MHAFC
The Mental Health Association of Fauquier County (MHAFC) was pleased to host Mental Health America (MHA) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. MHA, founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals living with mental illness. MHA has over 200 affiliates, including the MHFC.
“The Mental Health Association was very excited to welcome MHA here in Warrenton,” Renee Norden, Executive Director said. “Since we are one of MHA’s small affiliates, this was an amazing opportunity to highlight what we do. Since we do not offer direct services, as most affiliates do, MHA is coming here to learn more about how we operate and assist the community.
As a rural affiliate, MHAFC was able to share information about the unique mental health needs of rural communities that often don’t show up in national data reports. The visit included presentations from community partners, Andy Johnston of PATH Foundation, Rob Marino and Shannon Raybuck of the Fauquier Free Clinic, Shannon Grimsley of Rappahannock County Public Schools, and Sallie Morgan, Chair of the Rappahannock Roundtable. MHA President and CEO Schroeder Stribling remarked on the depth and effectiveness of our community partnerships. The visit concluded with a visit to Rappahannock- Rapidan Community Services’ S.E.E. Center, a national leader in peer support services, with remarks from Jim LeGraffe and Cory Will, on behavioral healthcare funding and local efforts to combat the substance use crisis. Thank you to our community partners for taking the day to share your work with Mental Health America. Your dedication makes a huge difference.
MHA’s visit to Warrenton was a positive event that recognized the importance of the work Mental Health Association and its partners in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties are conducting. “We are small but mighty,” Norden declared.