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Mental Health America Announces Reduced Fee, Streamlined Application Process for Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health Certification Program


Alexandria, VA – Mental Health America (MHA) announced today that it is reducing the application fee and streamlining the application process for its Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health certification program. The Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health is a certification program that recognizes employers committed to creating mentally healthy workplaces. The program also…

Mental Health America Finds Nearly 2/3 of People Screened for Depression Had Severe or Moderately Severe Symptoms in 2020 During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Alexandria, VA – Today, Mental Health America (MHA), with support from Lundbeck, released a new brief, Severe Depression and COVID-19: Communities in Need Across the U.S., analyzing data collected from 725,949 individuals who took a depression screen (PHQ-9) as part of the MHA Screening Program in 2020. The analysis finds that 62 percent of people scored…

MHA Report Finds Students Face Major Barriers to Accessing Disability Accommodations on College Campuses


Alexandria, VA – As college students return to campus, a new report released by Mental Health America finds students face major barriers to accessing disability accommodations on campus, including disability accommodations for mental health diagnoses. Mental health conditions are considered disabilities when they significantly impair a person's ability to meaningfully participate in their education. 

This new finding comes at a time when college-age students are…

Mental Health America Honors State Legislators Championing Mental Health


Alexandria, VA – Today Mental Health America recognized six state legislators as part of the group of MHA’s 2021 Legislative Champions. Each was honored virtually at MHA’s first of two summer Regional Policy Council (RPC) meetings.

The six legislators recognized were:

  • Massachusetts Senator Julian Cyr, Senate Assistant Majority Whip and Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. He has worked…

As Youth Return to Classrooms, MHA Analysis Finds Vast Majority of States Unprepared to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis; Calls for More Education, Supports, and Services in Schools


Alexandria, VA – As schools prepare for students to return to classrooms next month, a new report released today by Mental Health America finds the overwhelming majority of states are unprepared to address the current youth mental health crisis in schools. The analysis finds that mental health education in schools is only required in a handful of states and most states do not meet recommended ratios for school mental health personnel. It also finds…

Mental Health America Appoints New Board Members


Alexandria, VA – Mental Health America (MHA) has held its Annual Delegate Assembly and voted in four new national board members. MHA is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of mental health and business professionals, affiliate leaders, people with lived experience, and advocates for our mission. Meeting quarterly, the Board directs the strategic objectives and policy of the organization. 

Below are brief biographies of the new members…