Mental Health America

Mission

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of our work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.

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About

With over 200 affiliates in 41 states, 6,500 affiliate staff and over 10,000 volunteers, we are a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation. Our virtual reach is also wide—with 26,000 email supporters, 55,000 Twitter followers, 96,000 Facebook fans, and 2.5 million visitors to our website annually. Around the country, our affiliates provide public education, information and referral, support groups, rehabilitation services as well as socialization and housing services to those confronting mental health problems and their loved ones. They provide family advocate services to parents of children with serious emotional disturbances, mentorship or peer support for adults recovering from mental illnesses, and professional education to those working in the mental health field. At the national level, Federal and State Policy: MHA and its 200+ affiliates advocate for federal and state legislation that affects the lives of people with mental health conditions and their families. We produce well-researched policy statements on a wide range of issues, and meet through our Regional Policy Council (RPC) to exchange ideas about best practices and barriers to regional, state, and national policy efforts and agency activities. Our annual report, Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America identifies a common set of data indicators for mental health that gives a more complete picture of mental health status in America. Each year, the report will highlight a timely issue. Please visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net for more information. Education, Outreach and Referral Services Mental Health Screening Tools:  One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take an anonymous screen. MHA has online screening tools for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at www.MHAScreening.org. As of April 2015, over 300,000 screens have been completed. May Is Mental Health Month:  Created in the 1950s, May is Mental Health Month is a month long education campaign to educate the general public about mental health, mental wellness and the ways they can keep their minds healthy. The 2015 toolkit will include fact sheets, a mental health tips calendar, posters, graphics and infographics, and sample press releases, newspaper articles, and a logic model for our affiliates to track their efforts and outcomes. MHA Annual Conference: MHA's Annual Conference brings together advocates, educators, researchers, business and community leaders, Members of Congress and the Administration, and health professionals from across the country to talk about important and emerging mental health issues. The 2015 Annual Conference, entitled Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4, will be held June 3-5, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia. Partnerships: Building on our legacy of advocating for improvements for those living with mental health concerns, MHA is highly vested in developing a comprehensive network of partners. We recognize and value the need that exists for us to work collaboratively with a variety of organizations that can help us leverage the communities we all serve. As part of our efforts and dedication to prevention for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated health and behavioral health care for those who need it; and recovery as a goal, we invite organizations and other entities to join us as partners. Clifford Beers Society:  The Clifford Beers Society connects leaders within the national mental health advocacy community who share a belief that we must all fight to improve conditions for those affected by mental health disorders. Members are committed to prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and comprehensive integrated health and behavioral services with recovery as the goal. Mental Health in the Media:  MHA is working to change the way the media talks about mental health and how the issue is portrayed on television and in the movies. We encourage honest conversations about mental health and hope to foster an environment free from stigma and discrimination. MHA proactively works to provide comprehensive, accurate information about mental health by cultivating media relationships and working to share mental health facts via traditional and new media channels. With 96,000 followers on Facebook, 55,000 followers on Twitter and over 2.5 million unique visitors to our website each year, our ability to disseminate information online is vast. It's My Life - Social Self-Directed Care:  MHA staff members are piloting an innovative social inclusion project in Virginia providing social support and training to women with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. MHA has plans to train other organizations to provide these services in other areas of the country so that people living with schizophrenia and schizoaffective can become comfortable participating in the life of the community, in part by building and strengthening friendships. Consumer Advocacy: MHA provides technical assistance to other community organizations, specifically consumer groups. MHA staff members advise these organizations on best practices, including how to form a nonprofit board of directors. Additionally, MHA on an ongoing basis releases white papers to help consumer advocates in their work.  Mental Health First Aid: MHA provides an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.                       

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www.mentalhealthamerica.net

2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor Alexandria, VA 22311 1-800-969-6642

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