Supporting community mental health resources

Center for Community Mental Health - 7th annual Food for Thought

by Alecia Bryan

Supporting community mental health resources

At George Mason University we nurture a positive and collaborative community that contributes to the well-being and success of every member. George Mason’s Center for Community Mental Health (CCMH) carries forward our dedication to serving our community by providing critical mental health services to more than 500 children, teens, adults, and veterans in our Northern Virginia region.

On May 2, George Mason friends, donors, alumni, faculty, and staff attended, Food for Thought, the center’s annual fundraiser. The event is designed to showcase available mental health resources while raising funds to increase access to these services for those who need it most. CCMH is one of the only sites in the Mid-Atlantic to offer therapies on a sliding scale, enabling access to care for as low as $5 per session.

Our emcee, Brian van de Graaff, BA Speech Communication ’97, and meteorologist with the ABC 7News Team, led guests through an incredible evening, complete with a silent auction, live auction, and our signature Fund-A-Need segment. Van de Graaff added enthusiasm and humor throughout the event and he also mentioned the center during his radio weather broadcast the next morning.

Contributions and sponsorships at the event, and over the last 18 months, raised more than $175,000 in support of mental health services. The center is grateful for the individual and community partnerships that led to this success, including ongoing support from our presenting sponsor, Leidos. Leidos is committed to strengthening our communities and championing mental wellness and continues to collaborate with CCMH and George Mason.

Access to care for mental health needs is a pressing issue that affects all communities and you can helpcontribute to the center and become a mental health advocate. Begin today by sharing awareness of the center and the free resources listed below.

Brian van de Graaff and Robyn Mehlenbeck host the Food for Thought eventBrian van de Graaff, BA Speech Communication '97, and meteorologist with the ABC 7News Team and Robyn Mehlenbeck, director, George Mason's Center for Community Mental Health welcome guests at the 7th annual Food for Thought fundraiser. 

Photo credits: Risdon Photography. 



The Center for Community Mental Health is housed within the Department of Psychology, part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University. As one of the largest colleges at George Mason, CHSS stands ready to help students create the changes that will make our communities a better place. The college’s dual focus on teaching and research offers a distinctive higher purpose in preparing students with the research, critical analysis, and communication skills they need to excel in a broad range of careers in our global, knowledge-based economy and in their lives as engaged citizens.