Who We Are
Mentally Healthy Norfolk is a coalition of leaders representing public health, nonprofit, government, education, and faith communities in our city. Mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and other mental health challenges are at crisis levels. Working together in hope, dialogue, and action to address these concerns will affect change that leads to greater community wellness.
The coalition was launched in October 2017 with Talk About It Norfolk, an initiative designed to foster a city-wide dialogue and bring conversations about mental health out of the shadows of stigma and into the public square. Award-winning videos by Sway Creative Labs highlighted the voices of local leaders sharing their own stories. Through a series of workshops, we trained faith leaders, bartenders, hair stylists, and community members how to respond to those in need of support.
In 2019, we began designing the next phase of the Talk About It campaign, which will feature a collaboration with local businesses, faith communities, schools, and other organizations. Launching in early 2020 with a pilot program in the Ghent neighborhood and business district, this conversation will move into the lobbies, shops, bars and board rooms throughout our community.
Participating businesses and organizations will commit to displaying comprehensive, pocket-sized mental health resource cards developed by the coalition, and to offering simple online training to employees in order to multiply exponentially the amount of mental health awareness and compassion in our community.