Advocacy & Public Policy

Each year approximately 1 out of 4 adults and 1 out of 5 children experience a mental illness. The lifetime prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. is likely greater than 50%. Our organization is recognized as a leader in mental health advocacy and often acts as a resource for Georgia legislators, state agencies, and communities to improve services and support for mental health and wellness.

Our advocacy efforts include supporting government funding for mental health and co-occurring substance use programs and supports throughout Georgia. We build solutions to increase access to health care inclusive of mental health. We promote whole health and mental wellness all while combating discrimination, and the stigma associated with mental illness.

People with mental illness deserve the same opportunities as everyone else, and we can direct you to our partners for even legal assistance if discrimination occurs. Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders that respond to treatment. Our family members, friends, and fellow Georgians deserve mental health care services that MATCH the care they receive for their other health challenges. MATCH provisions will help ensure that all Georgians lead healthy, productive and fulfilling lives.

Importance of Advocacy

Engaging in advocacy is a powerful way to make a difference in people’s lives. There are policy issues that need strong voices to advocate in their behalf. Advocating for mental health allows for the promotion of the human rights of persons with mental disorders and to reduce stigma and discrimination. Mental health and mental disorders are not regarded with the same importance as physical health however between 20%-25% of the population live with a mental illness at any given time.

What’s the best way to make your voice heard? Have you been to the Capitol lately? Being there, seeing your legislator in action or speaking with them directly is the best way to advocate on behalf of our public mental health system.

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