Mental Health America of Fredericksburg

Founded in 1955 by local citizens, Mental Health America of Fredericksburg (MHAF) is our community’s oldest nonprofit 501©(3) charitable organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

Serving the Rapphannock area for over five decades, MHAF exists to improve the lives of people with mental health problems by providing advocacy, education and services that improve access to quality mental health treatment and services, particularly for vulnerable populations like the uninsured and elderly. Every year nearly 1800 people call MHAF seeking help and asking “where do I turn?” Our job is to help them find that help so they can enjoy fulfilling, productive lives at home and at work.

As a catalyst for enhanced access to mental health treatment and services, MHAF identifies emerging trends and unmet needs through its Mental Health Help Line, builds coalitions to​​ address gaps in services, and advocates to secure funding streams for “incubator” programs created collaboratively to serve unmet needs.



The MHAF provides education, advocacy and service to all people with mental health needs. We educate to promote mental health awareness and understanding. We solve problems by advocating policies and by working with individuals and agencies in the community to respond to mental health problems and to meet needs. We identify gaps unmet by public and private mental health providers and insurers, and we create and incubate programs and funding to meet those needs.


MHAF envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free of stigma and prejudice.


Rita Girard

Executive Director


Teresa Bowers

Senior Visitors Program, Director


Laurie Black

Administrative Assistant


Tony Adams

Finance Manager


Melanie Cardone

Suicide Prevention Education


Rebecca Sosa

Suicide Prevention Education Program Assistant


Board of Directors

Christopher Muldrow


Rambletype LLC

David Kolar

Vice President

UMW Associate Professor of Psychology

Linda Caporali


Ernest Ackermann

UMW Professor Emeritus

Brian Fannin

Fannin Law

Linda Mixon

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Larissa Ruuskanen

Clinical Psychologist

Michelle Caldwell Thompson

CTI Real Estate, Owner

Changing minds, changing lives.


Mental Health America of Fredericksburg exists to improve people’s mental health and wellness through advocacy, education and supportive services. Mental Health America of Fredericksburg, Inc. is a non profit US 501c3 charitable organization.


Phone: (540) 371-2704
Toll free: (800) 684-6423
Note: MHAF does not engage in or respond to mental health resource requests on social networks. For confidential assistance please call the Help Line at (540) 371-2704.