2016 – A year in Review and BIG Thank you!

So many good things happened this year! Because of your generosity, Mental Health America of Fredericksburg has been able to provide support, education and advocacy to our community through programs and events. There are a lot of emotions wrapped up in 2016, so I’m going to sum up some of our proudest moments.


We fulfilled our mission of “Changing Minds, Changing Lives” through our programs.

  • Senior Visitors – Provided companionship to over 100 seniors through weekly visits, outreach, and special events.
  • Suicide Prevention Education and Teen Council – Helped over 3000 teens learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide ideation and (more importantly) what to do about it, thereby raising overall mental health awareness in our schools.
  • HelpLine – Connected over 3200 callers with appropriate mental health resources.
  • Support Groups – Provided a safe place of hope and healing to teens and adults through three different groups (Teen Support, Survivors of Suicide Loss, and Mental Wellness)
  • Advocacy –Researched and provided information regarding important mental health issues to our community through social media outreach.


  • Meet & Greet
  • Community Give
  • Senior Visitors Parties
  • 2016 Walk for Mental Wellness
  • Yoga in the Park
  • Volunteer Appreciation Party
  • Another Day Walk for Suicide Prevention
  • 2nd Annual Art Raffle

 Generous Donors and Volunteers made it possible for us to fulfill our mission!

In all honesty, I started making a list of all of the people and organizations that we wanted to name and thank for their amazing support and generosity. Our intent is to recognize and show our gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices that make it possible for us to do our work. However, the list just kept getting longer and longer – and I kept thinking “I don’t want to exclude anyone!”


Here’s the deal – MHAF is incredibly blessed to receive funding from so many sources (local government, foundations, large corporations, small businesses, churches, schools, and hundreds of individuals)! It is because of this generosity that we are able to provide programs and services to people who are hurting. We could not accomplish this without your continued support!


On behalf of the entire MHAF Board of Directors, Staff, and the people we serve, I want to express our sincere appreciation for all that you do, to allow us to “Change Minds and Change Lives.” Thank you!


Wishing you wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year!


Rita Girard

Executive Director

We’re working for wellness

Our Services


Free, confidential referral and information on mental health practitioners, treatment services, community resources and educational literature; available weekdays by telephone.

Support Groups

Free non-therapeutic, professionally facilitated groups including Anxiety, Depression & Bipolar and Survivors of Suicide (for those who lost a loved one to suicide).

Senior Visitors

The Senior Visitors Program is a supportive service program that promotes healthy, safe and connected lifestyles for older adults in their own home environment with trained volunteers.

Advocacy and Public Policy

MHAF monitors state and federal policies that impact mental health issues locally and maintain strong ties with our representatives in the VA General Assembly and Congress.

Teen Suicide Prevention

Teen depression awareness education in local schools equips youth to seek assistance & encourage friends during times of anxiety or depression so no teen “suffers in silence.”

Mental Health First Aid

MHAF offers a certified 8 hour course that increases mental health literacy and helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Our Events

Another Day Walk

On October 15, walk to prevent suicide, walk to save lives.


Yoga in the Park

Thanks for joining our community at our yoga event at Hurkamp Park!