|Mental Health America of Georgia (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association of Georgia) is our state’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all Georgians live mentally healthier lives. We represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of everyone in our state, emphasizing mental health as a critical component of a healthy lifestyle.
MHA of Georgia is the state’s affiliate of National Mental Health America, our country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and illness. Mental Health America 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 Mental Health America.
As a result of Mental Health America’s efforts, many Americans with mental disorders have sought care and now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities. Similar to our National organization, MHA of Georgia’s mission is to enhance the mental health of all Georgians through education, outreach and advocacy. The current organization was formed in 1997 from a merger of two longstanding and respected mental health organizations – the Mental Health Association of Georgia (MHAG), founded in 1957, and the Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (MHAMA), founded in 1946.
There’s no health without mental health!