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By Jennifer Cheang, MHA National Digital Marketing Manager

Mental Health America (MHA) recently received an important question on our Facebook page:

“Our local Air Force Base has a Haunted Asylum planned for Halloween. It is a HUGE & popular attraction each year. What do you suggest we do to bring awareness to the stigma that this attraction promotes?”

I...

By Caren Howard, MHA National Advocacy Manager and Nathaniel Counts, JD, MHA National Senior Policy Director

By October 1, the House and Senate Health Committees had passed bills reauthorizing Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the primary health insurance for pregnant women and children whose income disqualifies them from Medicaid insurance. But, neither chamber acted to vote on the bills before the expiration of CHIP at the end of September...

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA National President and CEO

Most of us who have watched ESPN regularly feel like we knew John Saunders.

For years, he was one of those voices in our family rooms, reporting on the sports through which we defined the seasons of our life.

Not summer, fall, winter, and spring, but baseball, football, hockey, and basketball.

In our eyes, this was the man – a friendly, down-to-earth...

By Jennifer Cheang, MHA National Digital Marketing Manager

Back in July 2017, a CEO’s response to an employee taking a mental health day went viral. The CEO thanked his employee for giving him a “reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health” and he “couldn’t believe this is not standard practice...

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA National President and CEO

Graham-Cassidy died a political death this week, but it isn’t the last we’ll hear of Affordable Care Act reform in this Congress.

Politics – and the reality that no more than 20 percent of the public supported the proposal (which still hadn’t actually been exposed to...

By Kelly Davis, MHA National Manager of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services

Mental Health America is proud to announce the members of its first ever Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC).

CMHIC is made up of 15 students and recent graduates from across the country who are moving beyond awareness and taking action to address mental health in their campus...

By Nadia Ghaffari, Founder of TeenzTalk.org

We all remember the challenges and difficulties of high school––even before the internet and social media! Raising a child today is hard; it doesn’t come with a manual, and often, we feel like we are winging it.

We know kids today are dealing with...

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA National President & CEO, and Nathaniel Counts, MHA National Senior Policy Director

The Interagency Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) is a new change agent for mental health reform that was established by the 21st Century Cures Act, thanks to the incredible efforts of Senators Cassidy and Murphy and Representatives Murphy...

By Steven Feldman, Executive Director, The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)


MHA Staff and their Furry Friends

Living in today’s fast-paced and interconnected world can be tough on our mental health.

Technological advances like smartphones, high-speed internet and social media make...

By Jennifer Cheang, MHA National Digital Marketing Manager, and Sachin Doshi, MHA National Financial and Systems Analyst


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Warning: Some major plot spoilers below, as well as sensitive content.

Video games are growing exponentially as a form of mass media....

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