Mental Health America of Georgia (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association of Georgia) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental health challenges as well as promoting mental wellness throughout Georgia. 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. We work to increase the quality of life and advocate for independence for individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness through our training programs and supports. We advocate with community partners to eliminate health disparities and reduce stigma and discrimination.
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 health 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.