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By Christine Williams, MA, Communications at Prevention Institute

Our environment directly affects mental health.
We know that our environment directly impacts our mental health. And yet, when we talk about mental health, we usually focus on how to treat individuals rather than how to design community environments (i.e. roads, safe parks, job opportunities, and quality, affordable housing) for optimal mental health....

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

On this day ten years ago, President Bush signed into law the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, also known as MHPAEA. With leadership from Senators Pete Domenici and Paul...

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

The average rate of depression remission at twelve months for people not receiving any mental health treatment in this country is 53 percent. But in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), it’s only 9 percent. Mental Health America (MHA) wants to know why.

ACOs were the first big innovation in the value-based payment movement. Here’s how...

By Taylor Adams, MHA Programs and Operations Manager

(Trigger warning: death, suicide)

Indulging in celebrity and popular culture has long been my coping strategy to escape daily stressors. Not only do I enjoy mindlessly skimming the latest celebrity gossip, but I greatly admire the actors and musicians who create the movies and music I lose myself in after a long day.

Celebrities are often expected to meet a high standard of...

By Jennifer Cheang, MHA Digital Marketing Manager

Research indicates that those who consistently help other people experience less depression, greater calm, fewer pains and better health. They may even live longer.

Inspired by the idea that doing something for 21 consecutive days can help turn it into a habit, our partner...

By Kelly Davis, MHA Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services

Mental Health America (MHA) is proud to announce the members of its 2018-2019 Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC). CMHIC is dedicated to highlighting students who have created programs that fill gaps in traditional services and supports on their campuses.

This year’s CMHIC is made up of 10 ...

By Kelly Davis, MHA Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services 

Depression costs over $51 billion in absenteeism and lost productivity at work in the United States and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the leading cause of disability worldwide.[1][2] Both in a business sense and a human sense, many of our workplaces are failing to promote wellbeing and support people living with depression.

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By Theresa Nguyen, MHA Vice President of Policy and Programs

Most children love summers. But for children with mental health problems, the summer time doesn’t just signal fun in the sun. For these children, summer time is a time of emotional and physical relief. Which is why going back to school is so hard.

Asking children with mental health issues to think during school is like asking them to run when they just finished a marathon....

By Amy Highland, SleepHelp.org

When building a healthy lifestyle, the importance of adequate sleep cannot be stressed enough. Both mind and body need rest to function at peak efficiency. Without it, your mental, emotional, and physical health suffer, potentially pushing you further away from your personal goals. When you sleep, you give your body the time it needs to cleanse, stabilize, and heal...

By Kenna Chick, 2017-2018 Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member, Georgetown University

July is Minority Mental Health Month, and there have been many articles published providing insight into the cultural complications of mental health for people of color.

I feel as if many mental health pieces in regards to youth of color tend to...

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