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More Than 169,000 People Screen Positive for Depression or Anxiety Since the Start of the Pandemic

July 07, 2020

Alexandria, VA –The COVID-19 pandemic continues to exact a huge toll on the mental health of the nation. As of the end of June, more than 7,000 people each day were going to Mental Health America’s web site ( to take a voluntary, anonymous mental health screen.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 170,000 total screeners screened positive (moderate to severe) for either…

Mental Health America Announces New Young Mental Health Leaders Council

July 07, 2020

Mental Health America (MHA) is excited to announce our new Young Mental Health Leaders Council. For the past three years, MHA’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC) has identified student leaders impacting campus mental health. By focusing on student-led programs that fill gaps in traditional mental health services, CMHIC highlighted the concerns…

Mental Health America Announces Winners of 2020 Awards

June 06, 2020

Alexandria, VA—Mental Health America (MHA) is happy to announce today the 2020 recipients of the Clifford W. Beers Award, our Mental Health Corporate Excellence Award, the Innovation in Programming Award, the Media Award, the youth-focused mPower Award, and the George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award.

MHA’s 2020 Clifford W. Beers Award will be presented to mental health advocate and Emmy Award-winning actor, Maurice…

Mental Health America Appoints New Board Members

June 06, 2020

Alexandria, VA — This past week, Mental Health America (MHA) held its Annual Delegate Assembly and voted in four new national board members. MHA is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of mental health and business professionals, affiliate leaders, people with lived experience, and advocates for our mission. Meeting quarterly, the Board directs the strategic objectives and policy of the organization. …

Mental Health America Releases May 2020 Screening Data; 88,000 Have Anxiety or Depression, and Results Point to Possible Epidemic of Suicidal Ideation

June 06, 2020

Alexandria, VA - More than 88,000 additional people have developed anxiety or depression as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data released today by Mental Health America (MHA) from its online screening program.

In addition, more than 21,000 depression screeners reported thinking of suicide or self-harm on more than half the days – a number that suggests a coming wave of mental impacts that could be of epidemic proportions.

In May 2020, more…

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…