To support Alexandrians with mental disabilities and their families through advocacy, education and fund-raising
Since 1984 FRIENDS OF THE ALEXANDRIA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER*, a not-for-profit group of resident-volunteers, has provided financial needs assistance to Alexandrians receiving mental health, intellectual disability, and/or substance use disorder services from the Department of Community & Human Services. The majority of these individuals have limited financial resources and need help when they are faced with emergency and special needs.
Friends of the AMHC also cosponsors community education events to reduce stigma, supports special activities for DCHS's mental health clients, helps purchase supplemental equipment for extended care residences, and advocates for mental health care programs.
Along with the services Friends of the AMHC provides year-round, your donation can also help us on a special project we are working on. Most of the youth we serve come from families who could never dream of having the means to send their children to summer camp. Being able to attend camp would provide these children with an opportunity to "learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem” in a safe, nurturing setting. (citation) The American Camp Association states "the camp experience is recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically." (citation)
Here are some examples of young clients who would benefit from the summer camp experience:
Your donation will help Friends of the AMHC lend a hand, raise a voice, and foster understanding!
For further information and to learn more about our free mental health events, please see our newsletter.
*Friends of the AMHC was originally known as Friends of the Alexandria Community Mental Health Center.