Mental Health America advances the mental health and well-being of all people living in the U.S. through public education, research, advocacy and public policy, and direct service.
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America is the nation's leading national nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of mental health, well-being, and illness prevention. Our work is informed, designed, and led by the lived experience of those most affected.
Operating nationally and in communities across the country, Mental Health America advocates for closing the mental health equity gap while increasing nationwide awareness and understanding through public education, direct services, tools, and research. Our annual State of Mental Health in America report is among the most widely respected health reports in the nation.
The B4Stage4 Philosophy
Much of MHA's work is guided by its Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4) philosophy - that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. When we think about diseases like cancer or heart disease, we don't wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4 - we begin with prevention, identify symptoms, and develop a plan of action to stop and hopefully reverse the progression of the disease. Like other diseases, it is critical to address symptoms early and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health.
Mental Health America is committed to advancing an anti-racist agenda and promoting health equity. We affirm the importance of mental health advocacy and recognize that racial injustice has caused trauma and harm to minoritized communities. We acknowledge that combating racism and inequity is an ongoing commitment. The impact of economic, clinical, and environmental disparities, including diverse linguistic needs, may hinder the opportunity to access and receive quality and equitable mental health care and services. Thus, we remain devoted to addressing discrimination, stigma, and other social and moral determinants of health, leading by example and educating our affiliates and communities. Together, we stand united in support of racial justice and the intersection of mental health, and the well-being of humanity.
What We Do
Community Education and Engagement
We create access to information that supports peoples' mental health and well-being, with an understanding that our mental health changes and evolves over our lifetimes.
Mental Health Screening and Research
Our research focuses on elevating the stories and experiences of people affected by mental illness.
Advocacy and Public Policy
We make policy recommendations that promote mental illness prevention, early intervention, and integrated care.
We offer mental health screenings for thousands of individuals every year and support organizations in prioritizing the mental health and well-being of their employees.
Youth Programs and Peer Leadership
Our youth programs promote young leaders and the unique ways they are driving change for their peers. We work with youth to change policy and create structures to support mental health at all ages.
Information and Referral Services
We provide as-needed consultations for organizations promoting mental health through our information and referral services, and our Affiliate Network provides direct service to communities across the nation.
Get to Know Us
Our programs and initiatives fulfill our mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. Learn more about our team and organization.
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