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Mental Health America (MHA) Launches New Peer-to-Peer Networking Site

In celebration of Global Peer Support Day, MHA is proud to announce the launch of “I Am Not Alone,” a new social networking website aimed at combating loneliness and isolation.

“I Am Not Alone” is a space where anyone can post activities and events designed for people living with mental health conditions. Users can create, find, and attend activities based on shared interests.

2022 State of Mental Health in America Report Now Available

For the eighth year in a row, MHA released its annual State of Mental Health in America report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 15 mental health access and prevalence measures.

This year, Massachusetts (#1), New Jersey (#2), and Pennsylvania (#3) were the top three ranking states. Arizona (#49), Idaho (#50), and Nevada (#51) were the three bottom-ranking states. Notably, Nevada has ranked last for six of the report’s eight years.

Join Our Team!

Do you have a keen eye for detail and love numbers and data management? Do you like helping people get started on high-impact projects?

We’re hiring a Program Associate for MHA’s Center for Research and Innovation (CRI).

To apply for the job send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (something casual – not technical or research writing, for example, a marketing piece, a blog, or storytelling) to jobs@mhanational.org.  Please type “Program Associate” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Participate in Research – Do You Use Tools to Manage Your Own Mental Health?

The University of California-Irvine is seeking to understand how people manage their mental health and what tools people use to self-manage mental health to design better tools to support people’s everyday needs.

Participation in the study involves a 1-hour interview online and a 1-week survey (optional). You will be compensated with a $30-$45 gift card. To see if you are eligible to participate please complete this brief survey below.

Upcoming Events

The First Annual Kate Mahoney Clinical Development Conference

There is no cost for registration, only for CEUs. The conference is open to anyone working in the mental health field and students.

Register at katemahoneyconference.eventbrite.com

Affiliate Updates

MHA of the MidSouth Receives SAMHSA Grant

MHA of the MidSouth in Nashville is a recipient of a $625,000, 5-year SAMHSA grant for mental health awareness and Training.  The affiliate will provide QPR training, Mental Health First Aid, and Signs of Suicide training to teachers, school administrators, high school students, and first responders throughout 50 counties. The grant just launched in October.

MHA of the MidSouth Hosts Award Banquet

MHA of the MidSouth in Nashville is hosting its biennial Jack C. Massey Leadership Award banquet, which will honor former Governor Bill Haslam. The event is scheduled for November 8, 2021, at Nashville’s Omni Hotel and is the biggest event hosted by the organization in its 40-year history. 

MHANJ Names 2021 Behavioral Healthcare Hero

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey recently announced Ashley Hill as their latest Behavioral Healthcare Hero. This award recognizes Ashley’s willingness to go above and beyond normal duties during the current health crisis to provide care and comfort to patients under extraordinary circumstances. Ashley is not only the Art Therapist on staff, but she is also a member of the Crisis Intervention Team at Morristown Medical Center.

MHA of Greater Dallas Launches New WHO Portal

MHA of Greater Dallas (MHAGD) recently launched a new portal for its WHO Program (We Help Ourselves), a brand new We Help Ourselves Parent Series. Since the launch, MHAGD has seen 29 new counselors in Dallas ISD gain their WHO training certification and join the WHO family. WHO is centered around 3 rules of safety KNOW, DO and TELL. The goal is to equip youth and now parents with the tools they need to stay safe and navigate making healthy decisions in life.

Mental Health Minnesota Participates in Minnesota’s Zero Suicide Cohort

Mental Health Minnesota (MHM) was chosen recently to participate in Minnesota’s Zero Suicide Cohort. The cohort includes 14 organizations across the state that will work to implement the Zero Suicide Framework the next two years. “All other participating organizations provide clinical services, and that made it all the more important for MHM, which focuses on providing free peer support, to be involved in our state’s Zero Suicide efforts,” said Shannah Mulvihill, executive director.

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