National Mental Health Association

The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide. NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

NMHA was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. From these experiences, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape as the National Mental Health Association.

NMHA's work has resulted in positive change. We have educated millions about mental illnesses and reduced barriers to treatment and services. As a result of our efforts, many Americans with mental disorders have sought care and now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities.

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NMHA Honors Four Young Adults for Work in Mental Health
10 Jun 04 | The National Mental Health Association will recognize four young individuals for their efforts to educate their communities about mental illness and advocate for better policies and services.

NMHA to Present Highest Honors to Mental Health Advocates
08 Jun 04 | The National Mental Health Association will present three awards on June 12, at the closing night dinner of its annual conference in Washington, D.C., that represent exemplary service and commitment to the mental health movement.

NMHA Recognizes Outstanding Service in Mental Health Field
08 Jun 04 | The National Mental Health Association will present three awards to members of the mental health community who have worked toward helping others better understand and cope with mental illness.

NMHA Honors Four Policymakers for Leadership in Mental Health
08 Jun 04 | For their steadfast efforts to improve America's mental health, the National Mental Health Association will award four members of Congress with Legislator of the Year awards.

Advocates Postpone Capitol Hill "Parity Now" Rally Scheduled for June 10
08 Jun 04 | Out of respect for former President Ronald Reagan and the many Americans who plan to gather at the Capitol to pay their respects, mental health advocates yesterday postponed the "Parity Now" rally scheduled for June 10.

CMHS Director Discusses Mental Health System Improvements at NMHA Annual Meeting
08 Jun 04 | Kathryn Power, Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services, will join mental health leaders from across the nation to discuss plans to transform the nation's mental health system.

Back to School Raises Concerns Over Bullying for Many Kids
11 Aug 03 | As children return to school, the National Mental Health Association encourages parents and teachers to talk to children about the importance of respecting their peers and speaking out about bullying during the school year.

Transition to College Can Be Emotionally Turbulent for Young Adults
11 Aug 03 | Leaving home and beginning college can be a stressful transition for young adults. While it is normal to experience conflicting emotions when adjusting to a new environment, the NMHA urges college students to be mindful of their mental health.

NMHA's 2004 Conference to Address Barriers to Mental Health Care
05 Aug 03 | The National Mental Health Association invites individuals and organizations to submit presentation proposals for its 2004 annual conference, "Justice for All: Fighting for America's Mental Health," on June 9-12 2004, at the Hyatt Regency Washington.

U.S. Senate Confronts Criminalization of People with Mental Illness
30 Jul 03 | Our nation is failing an inordinate number of Americans with mental disorders who too often come into contact with the justice system because of a lack of appropriate services in the community, according to testimony to be heard today.

Christine Wilhelm Lesson: Time to Focus on Prevention
11 Jul 03 | As Wilhelm's trial demonstrated, many families do not have access to appropriate, quality mental healthcare. In fact, more than two-thirds of people with mental illness do not receive adequate mental health treatment.

Mental Health Experts Provide Tips for Reservists Returning to Work
10 Jul 03 | The National Mental Health Association has developed a tip sheet for reservists and members of the national guard to ease the transition from active duty to their pre-deployment jobs.

Congress Ignoring Mental Health Needs of Medicare Beneficiaries
30 Jun 03 | The Medicare prescription drug bills passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this week leave in place a highly discriminatory Medicare requirement that imposes a 50% co-pay on mental health services instead of the usual 20% co-pay.

NMHA Commends SAMHSA's Appointment of New CMHS Director
26 Jun 03 | Today the National Mental Health Association supports the appointment of A. Kathryn Power as the new director of the Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

NMHA Provides Crisis Response Planning Grants to Six Communities
23 Jun 03 | The National Mental Health Association is providing "Blueprint for Responding to Public Mental Health Needs in Times of Crisis" grants to six communities to address the short- and long-term mental health needs of during and after a crisis.

NMHA Provides Five Communities With Grants to Address the Needs of Families Living With Mental Illness
23 Jun 03 | The National Mental Health Association is awarding five Invisible Children's Project grants to communities nationwide to address the needs of families in which a parent has a mental illness.

People With Schizophrenia and Caregivers Face Burdensome Barriers to Care
19 Jun 03 | A survey by the National Mental Health Association identifies three core barriers to improving quality of life for people with schizophrenia and their family and friends who serve as caregivers. Stigma ranks as the number one barrier to recovery.

Zero Tolerance Policies Unfairly Target Youth With Support Needs
18 Jun 03 | The National Mental Health Association today released a policy statement opposing the blanket application of zero tolerance policies in schools. The position statement condemns the use of such policies and offers viable alternatives.

NMHA Welcomes New Leadership to Board of Directors
17 Jun 03 | Six people who represent backgrounds in social work, consumer advocacy, co-occurring disorders, cultural competency and psychiatry joined the National Mental Health Association's board of directors at NMHA's annual conference this June.

NMHA Lauds Bill to Combat Criminalization of People with Mental Illness
05 Jun 03 | In our nation's prisons, jails and juvenile detention facilities a shocking number of adults and youth with mental health problems are incarcerated because of the lack of treatment options in the community.

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