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New State Rankings Shines Light on Mental Health Crisis, Show Differences in Blue, Red States

October 10, 2016
Alexandria, VA—For the third 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. The results show a country that is indeed more insured, but still falling dramatically short in meeting the needs of those with mental health concerns. 

Stunning MHA Data Shows Serious Depression Afflicts Many Youth, Adults

October 10, 2016

Alexandria, VA—As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mental Health America (MHA) is sharing some staggering new numbers today related to depression in America, drawn from one of the most ambitious mental health screening programs ever launched. The depression screen is one of 9 screens available within MHA’s online Screening Program, which began in 2014 and has been used by 1.7…

Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO, on Secretary Clinton's Mental Health Plan

August 08, 2016

“Secretary Hillary Clinton today released her mental health policy platform. MHA has eagerly awaited this day, because we know that it reflects months of thoughtful deliberation about her vision for the future of mental health services in America.

“It is a solid, comprehensive plan, consistent with MHA’s century-long advocacy for mental health, including…

MHA Provides New Resources on Student Mental Health

August 08, 2016

In recognition of the challenges a new school year presents for children and adolescents, Mental Health America (MHA) is providing new resources on student mental health (, with an emphasis on web-based tools that can be easily shared across social media platforms.

This year, MHA has developed tools and resources to inform and educate both students and parents…

Mental Health America Recognizes State Legislators Making Mental Health a Priority

August 08, 2016

Alexandria, VA—Mental Health America (MHA) will be recognizing a very select group of state legislators who have made mental health a priority in their states. These Mental Health Champions will be honored by MHA’s Regional Policy Council (RPC) meeting, which coincides with the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) meeting in Chicago…

MHA Applauds House Passage of H.R. 2646, Commends Bipartisan Leadership and Collaboration

July 07, 2016

Alexandria, VA—Mental Health America (MHA) applauds the members of the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 2646, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015.

“Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are to be commended for making mental health reform a priority this session,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Mental Health America. “MHA thanks Representatives Fred Upton and Frank…