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Who We Are
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.
Mental Health America is the nation’s oldest advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental health and substance use conditions and the profound impact they have on public health and our society. In all of our work, we focus on: prevention for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated health and behavioral health care for those who need it; and recovery as a goal. Formed in 1909, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots advocacy and achievement. With our 228 affiliates in 41 states, we are a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.
Mental Health America envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through meaningful social inclusion that is free from discrimination.
Statement of Purpose
Consistent with its mission, Mental Health America has adopted a Statement of Purpose. The purposes of [Mental Health America] the Corporation are to work for wellness, mental health and victory over mental and substance use conditions through the development of a coordinated citizens' voluntary movement; to advocate for the improved care and treatment of persons with mental and substance use conditions; to advocate for improved methods and services in research, prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of mental and substance use conditions; to educate the public about mental and substance use conditions and their causes and treatments; and to fight stigma and prejudice and promote social justice and recovery from mental and substance use conditions.
Our guiding principles:
- There is no health without mental health.
- Mental health is a fundamental social justice issue.
- Disparities in treatment and the disproportionality of the burden of illness must be eradicated.
- Behavioral health problems cannot be willed away or ignored.
- MHA represents a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation.
- MHA emphasizes recovery from mental health and substance use conditions.
MHA is committed to:
- Raising its voice for people affected by mental and substance use conditions who have not had a voice.
- Diversity and cultural competence in programs, communication, treatment, and relationships.
- The translation of science into practice.
- Ensuring that the public’s trust is confirmed through efficient conscientious leadership and stewardship.