On Wednesday, May 3rd, five Mental Health America staff people held an honest, hour-long Facebook live conversation about the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” about suicide, and about suicide prevention.
By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO
*This statement was also sent as a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee
As President and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s oldest mental health advocacy organization, I am writing in support of Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
As the past few days and weeks have unfolded, it is becoming increasingly clear how the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) as currently drafted will have mostly unintended, mostly negative consequences for people with behavioral health conditions. We believe that these consequences easily could and should be mitigated.
For more than twenty years of my life I struggled with major depression and suicide ideation. Thought after thought, I was consumed with the idea of death and sadness and how to eliminate myself from the rest of the world. I grew tired of carrying my burdens, and when my back could no longer stand up straight from the weight of my pain that I carried in silence - I attempted suicide.
By: Nathaniel Counts, J.D. MHA Senior Director of Policy, and Debbie Plotnick, MSS, MLSP, MHA Vice President of Mental Health and Systems Advocacy
A new year, a new Administration, and a new Congress brings new opportunities to best attend to our nation’s mental health. This year, in addition to working with Congress on the pressing issues around health care and social services that surface, Mental Health America (MHA) will have four areas of focus:
By: America Paredes, Senior Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach
The last 48 hours have been shocking for many, to say the least. Many of you are fearful of what comes next. We understand. We hear you.
In light of the election results, many individuals have reached out to us and shared their concern, anxiety, and despair about the impact that the next four years and beyond may have on the lives of individuals that are part of any community that is deemed as “other.”
By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America
From the time Mental Health America launched our online mental health screening program in 2014, we have asked screeners what they want. Their most frequent response? “Help.”
We’ve been thinking a a lot about what screeners need and how we can most effectively provide them help. But what do they mean by “help?” And does the meaning change based on who is answering the question?