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About Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. 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, integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of our current 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. Learn more about who we are.

MHA Affiliates: In Your Community

MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots advocacy and achievement. 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. Find your local affiliate and learn more about their work.

Our Programs & Initiatives

Our programs and initiatives fulfill our mission of promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. 

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: 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 with a focus on inclusion, self-directed care and recovery.

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

Learn more about how we are advocating for changes in policy and educating the public about mental health and wellness.

The Mental Health Bell

Cast from the shackles and chains that used to bind people with mental illnesses, the Mental Health Bell rings out hope for victory over mental illness. It also represents hope for the future. Ring the Bell.

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 820
 Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone (703) 684.7722

Toll Free (800) 969.6642

Fax (703) 684.5968


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