We are the change to the stigma.​

We are a passionate group of individuals and organizations who believe in the power of community to drive change. Our mission is simple: to remove the stigma surrounding mental health and provide access to the support and resources that everyone deserves.

At the Community Board on Mental Health, we work closely with City Council, School Board, mental health professionals, behavioral services professionals, and other nonprofits to ensure that our community has the resources it needs to thrive. Our goal is to make Chesapeake a model for cities across the nation, where mental health is a top priority and everyone has access to the help they need.

Through partnerships, pledges, and community awareness, we are working to create a more supportive and inclusive community. We invite you to join us in this mission and help make Chesapeake a place where mental health is valued and everyone has access to the resources they need to thrive.


The Community Board on Mental Health is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding mental health and empowering our community with the resources and support they need to thrive.


Our vision is to make Chesapeake a shining example of a community that prioritizes mental health and provides access to top-quality resources and support for all.


We believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive community where mental health is valued and everyone feels comfortable seeking help. By opening up the conversation and facilitating support, we aim to make a real difference in the lives of those around us.


  • Collaborate with individuals, government, businesses, and other non-profits to bring more resources and support to the community
  • Increase awareness of the services, programs, and activities available to support mental and behavioral health
  • Host round-table meetings where all citizens can come together to educate each other and learn how to best support our community
  • Educate and offer preventative support services to help individuals and families maintain good mental health and well-being.

Glossary & Roles within the Community Board on Mental Health

  • Executive Board (aka Directors or Trustees): Individuals elected by the Governance Committee. Each is a member with voting rights.
    • Executive Board Meetings: Monthly – open to the public. For administrative and decision-making purposes.
  • Committees:
    • Executive Committee: The President, the Director of Operations, and the chairs from each additional committee.
      • Governance Committee
      • Grants & Fundraising Committee
      • Membership / Pledge Committee
      • Volunteer & Events Committee
      • Internal Affairs: (includes the Treasurer) Finance, HR, Admin
      • External Affairs: Public Relations & Marketing
  • Officers:  Individuals named by the Executive Board. No inherent voting rights. President, Secretary, Treasurer.
  • CBoMH members: General Membership is available to all individuals and businesses willing to share their name and be a part of the change in our community. All are welcome. No cost. No obligation
    • Partners: Member businesses or nonprofit organizations that offer professional services they are willing to donate or offer discounted rates to our community via the CBoMH
    • Pledge: Members (Businesses or Individuals) willing to publicly pledge both verbally and/or via donation to help the city of Chesapeake become the new standard for Mental Health in America
    • Volunteers: Members willing to spend time helping both administratively and with events such as Art & Music Therapy sessions.
    • Community Board meetings: Monthly hybrid meetings for all members, officers, & the Executive Board. These are open forums giving anyone the opportunity to share experiences and suggestions to better the Community Board and our community’s state of mental wellness.