Mental Health America
“We believe that artistic expression and creative advocacy is important to mental health.”
Impact from Art Sales
Donations to Mental Health America from Giving Gallery art sales will directly support our public education efforts such as our May is Mental Health Month campaign, and our early identification, intervention, prevention activities including our mental health screening program. Read more about MHA’s programs here.
Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal. Read more about MHA’s programs here.
MHA Founding Story
Mental Health America was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. Around the turn of the twentieth century, Beers, a recent graduate of Yale College and a newly-minted Wall Street financier, suffered his first episode of bipolar disorder (manic depressive illness) following the illness and death of his brother. In the throes of his illness, Beers attempted to take his own life by jumping out a third story window. Seriously injured but still alive, Beers ended up in public and private hospitals in Connecticut for the next three years. 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 Mental Health America.