Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America is 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. MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental health conditions through advocacy, education, research, and services. MHA works to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience, ensuring their voices are integrated into all aspects of the organization. We understand the urgent need to address and disrupt disparities of care for communities facing the greatest societal inequities.

Nearly half of all Americans will experience a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives. In 2022, over 6 million individuals took a screen at, and nearly 40% of those were youth under age 18. The increase in people seeking mental health treatment and understanding highlights the urgent need for resources. At Mental Health America, we strive to address this problem by advocating for mental health as an integral component of overall well-being. Our mission encompasses access to prevention services for everyone, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and focuses on recovery.

Funding will help MHA to continue to grow and sustain its programs that directly support individuals seeking support. These include the MHA Screening program, which provides online tools for mental health screening, offering immediate results, education, and resources; and Screening-to-Supports, which helps individuals find support and access information, treatment options, tools, and peer engagement. Policy and advocacy efforts focus on improving access, crisis response, and community-based funding. MHA's public education program creates fresh resources, like the annual Mental Health Month, Pride, Back-to-School, and BIPOC Mental Health Month toolkits, which are written for diverse audiences and reach millions of individuals.