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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…

Leading Mental Health Organizations Strongly Support New Bipartisan Peer Support Legislation Introduced in the Senate


Alexandria, VA – Leading mental health organizations, including the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), Mental Health America (MHA), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the National Association of Peer Supporters (NAPS) and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW), strongly support new bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-…

MHA Board of Directors Names Schroeder Stribling As New President and Chief Executive Officer


Alexandria, VA – The following is a statement from the Board of Directors at Mental Health America:

Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all, today announced the appointment of Schroeder Stribling as President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 28, 2021.

“On behalf of the MHA Board of Directors, we are…

Mental Health America Announces 2021 Award Winners


Alexandria, VA – Mental Health America (MHA) is announcing today the 2021 recipients of the Clifford W. Beers Award, the Betty Humphrey Equity Champion Award, the Innovation in Programming Award, the Media Award, the youth-focused mPower Award, the George Goodman Brudney and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award, and the Joseph de Raismes III Policy Award.

MHA’s 2021 Clifford W. Beers Award will be presented to mental health advocate and executive…

Mental Health America Releases First-Ever State and County-Level Data Analyzing Suicide Risk During COVID-19


Alexandria, VA – Today Mental Health America released the first-ever state and county-level data analyzing potential suicide risk in the year 2020. The states and counties identified in the analysis represent those with the greatest need for a fast and coordinated response amid the mental health crisis brought on by COVID-19. 

"What we're doing with this data is identifying where the current need is at a pace and scale that hasn't been possible in the past…