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When We Normalize Racism and Bigotry, We Do Violence to Our Mental Health


May 05, 2020

The following statement can be attributed to Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America

"The inexcusable and violent death of George Floyd as he begged for help has evoked both our rage and frustration. The person who caused the death by choking – a Minneapolis police officer – and three others were fired from their…

Mental Health America Achieves Milestone of 5 Million Mental Health Screenings


May 05, 2020

Alexandria, VA – Mental Health America (MHA) today announced that it has achieved a new milestone in its effort to make mental health screenings available to everyone free of charge. More than 5 million people have now completed an online mental health screening on its web site.

Launched in 2014 as a cornerstone of MHA’s “B4Stage4” program – through which MHA has explained that early detection and intervention are keys to the preservation of mental health and…

The Pandemic Mental Health Crisis: New Numbers Paint a Dire Picture


May 05, 2020

Alexandria, VA – Mental Health America (MHA) Screening Program, which provides free, anonymous mental health screens, shows roughly 18,000 more people sought help for anxiety or depression since pandemic began; nearly 14,000 considered suicide or self-harm in March and April.

At least 10,193 people experienced moderate to severe depression and at least 7,629 people screened moderate to severe for anxiety from late February through the end of April as a result of the…

MHA Kicks Off Mental Health Month, Focusing on Tools 2 Thrive Theme


May 05, 2020

Alexandria, VA – During a time of unprecedented anxiety about a world pandemic, Mental Health America (MHA) today announced the start of its 2020 May is Mental Health Month campaign, with an emphasis on delivering “Tools 2 Thrive” to address the mental health needs of everyone.

MHA is proud to have started May is Mental Health Month in 1949, and since then has led the observance by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and online…

Mental Health Concerns Growing as COVID-19 Pandemic Spreads and Intensifies


April 04, 2020

Alexandria, VA - As the “peak” of the COVID-19 pandemic draws near and government officials begin to prepare for a return to “normal business,” new data from Mental Health America (MHA) show how deeply the pandemic is affecting the mental health of the nation – and how different any “new normal” might be.

These are the new toplines gleaned from the tens of thousands screening results MHA has collected through its free, anonymous online mental health screening program…

Mental Health America Reports Severe Anxiety Screening Results Related to COVID-19 Now Top 1,000


March 03, 2020

Alexandria, VA – Mental Health America (MHA) today announced that 1,015 additional mental health screeners nationwide have screened with a severe anxiety result in the month since the coronavirus worry began to emerge. MHA offers free, anonymous mental health screenings at www.mhascreening.org.

“We have been monitoring an overall increase in anxiety screening since the middle of February, when concerns…