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Our Mission

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.

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Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

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.

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What We Do

Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach

MHA helps Americans of all ages to better understand prevention, early identification and intervention through a variety of information, online tools and events.

Public Policy

Public Policy

MHA collaborates with a wide audience of affiliates and supporters to advance policy recommendations that promote our mission

Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services

Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services

MHA works to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience nationwide, and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization.

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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