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  • About Mental Health America

    MHA 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.

About Us

Our Mission

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.

The B4Stage4 Philosophy

Much of our 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. When we think about diseases like cancer or heart disease, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention, identify symptoms, and develop a plan of action to reverse and hopefully stop the progression of the disease. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness? Like other diseases, we need to address these symptoms early, identify the underlying disease, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. MHA is committed to addressing mental health Before Stage 4.

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What We Do

Education and Outreach

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.

Public Policy

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

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.

Get to Know Us

Our programs and initiatives fulfill our mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. Learn more about our team and organization.

Our History
Our Board of Directors
Our Staff
Financial Information and Annual Reports

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