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MHA Honors Governor Gina Raimondo with 2019 B4Stage4 Leadership Award

February 02, 2019

Washington, DC — Mental Health America (MHA) will gather this evening at The National Press Club to celebrate its 110th birthday and honor Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island for her work to address mental illness Before Stage 4. MHA awards its 2019 B4Stage4 Leadership Award to Governor Raimondo for her leadership and commitment to strengthening behavioral health in Rhode Island through the provision of mental health services for students, increasing access to…

Mental Health America and Walk the Talk America Join Forces to Combat Suicide

January 01, 2019

Alexandria, VA - Mental Health America (MHA) and Walk the Talk America (WTTA) announced today a partnership to prevent suicide death by firearms by creating materials and conducting outreach to gun ranges across the country in an effort to share information about depression and warning signs that someone may be considering suicide. Their formal partnership officially begins today at the Shot Show in Las Vegas, where they will be openly engaging with firearm industry…

Mental Health America Honors State Legislators Championing Mental Health

December 12, 2018

Alexandria, VA — Mental Health America (MHA) will be recognizing today a select group of state legislators who have earned the title of “Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Champions.” They will be honored at MHA’s Regional Policy Council (RPC) meeting, which coincides with the Council of State Governments National Conference in Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati today.

  • Kentucky Representative Joni Jenkins, member of the Child Welfare and Oversight…

MHA Statement on Thousand Oaks Shooting

November 11, 2018

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO

"This morning, we were awakened to the horror of yet another mass shooting – this time at a nightclub in southern California. It is hard to ignore the shock of such news, and impossible at this early stage to determine the motive of the 28-year-old shooter.

"What we do know is this. The families of the 12 who died and the hundreds who survived will be affected by this event for the rest of their lives. Long after the physical…

New MHA Report Shows Many in Crisis, Trauma in Youth Having Lasting Impact in Schools and Beyond

October 10, 2018

Alexandria, VA – For the fifth year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. This year, Minnesota came out on top overall with Nevada coming in 51st. The report also dives into addressing trauma in youth, and its long-…

Mental Health and Lung Health Advocates Unite to Address Smoking Epidemic among Those with Mental Illness

October 10, 2018

Mental Health America (MHA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) are joining forces with Quitter’s Circle®, an online quit-smoking community from the American Lung Association and Pfizer, to help overcome the unique barriers associated with smoking cessation in the mental health community. Smokers with mental health conditions face greater nicotine dependence, more withdrawal symptoms, and lower quit rates than other smokers.[i][ii] Yet, there…