Who We Are

Mental Health America of the Heartland is part of a network of affiliates that, combined, are a great force that collaborate for the good of mental health consumers, parents, advocates, and service providers. With more than 200 affiliates nationwide and more than 100 years in existence, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.



Mental Health America of the Heartland is dedicated to promoting the mental health of the community, and improving the quality of life of persons with mental illness, through advocacy, education, and support.



Mental Health America of the Heartland envisions a just, humane, and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.


We are individuals who have experienced and are seeking recovery from mental health problems or addictions. We are families of loved ones who have struggled with these issues, or been lost to suicide.

We are advocates who see mental health as a public health and social justice issue.

We are mental health care professionals who believe that an individual’s goals for recovery should come first.

We are primary care doctors and nurses that see the impact of poor mental health in our patients’ general health every day.

We are researchers who are unlocking the secrets of the brain and human behavior.

We are businessmen and women who understand the benefits of good mental health to the bottom line.

We are school officials who see children fall behind due to unmet emotional needs.

We are youth who want to help our peers with mental health problems.

We are people who believe in the mind-body connection and power of prevention.

We are people of all faiths who support fellow congregants with mental health and substance abuse problems.

We are Republican, Democrat, and Independent voters who view this as a people issue, not a partisan one.

We are public officials who are trying to change systems from within.

We are law enforcement and corrections officers who see the effects of untreated illness and wish there were better services for the people we encounter.

We are active duty military, veterans and families who know the stress of combat.

We are survivors of natural disasters, domestic abuse and street crimes who confront the psychological effects of these traumatic events every day.


Watch the video below to learn more about the stigma surrounding mental illness.