To improve mental wellness and eliminate stigma in our community through education, advocacy, and by improving access to integrated behavioral health services.
Every person has access to quality, integrated behavioral health care and knows “It’s Okay to Get Help!’; Every child is assessed for behavioral health problems and receives preventive treatment; Every doctor understands the connection between mind and body and uses this understanding to improve treatment outcomes, and; every policymaker knows that spending on behavioral health services improves overall community health.
What we do
The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County works to promote mental wellness in our community through education, advocacy, and outreach. Our program called Mental Health GPS (Guiding People to Services) offers a free helpline, free screening, and access to information and referrals to anyone in Palm Beach County. Call 561.801.HELP (4357). Our programs include:
- Listen to Children, a school-based mentoring program since 1982 serving on average 200 children in Kindergarten through 8th grade each year with over 65 trained volunteers in over 35 schools;
- MPower for teens, a psychology club and community action program since 2009 in high school serving 50-100 teens each year Be Merge Program, a primary and behavioral healthcare integration initiative that is providing resources and technical assistance to doctors, nurses, to recognize behavioral health problems in the primary care and hospital settings;
- Peer Place, a support center and peer mentoring program, which brings in more than 650 people with serious mental illness each month and has over 300 unduplicated participants each year;
- Be Merge and Be Merge for Infants and Children works to integrate primary and behavioral health care in clinics throughout Palm Beach County.
- Care Coordination services help children and their families access the care they need.
- Our “It’s Okay to Get Help!” Campaign fights the stigma of mental illness and has produced public service announcements for television that have been viewed by thousands of people.
In addition, the MHA has an active Mental Health Learning and Resource Center that serves the entire community by providing resources and education to raise awareness and effect change. We anticipate that we will have thousands of people visit our Learning and Resource center since 2009 for Lunch and Learns and professional workshops. The MHA serves the entire population of Palm Beach County.
MHA Public Policy, Advocacy, and Education
The Mental Health Association works with community partners to advocate for solutions that will improve the lives of people living with mental illness. MHA works with public policy leaders, service providers, researchers, advocates, consumers, and educators to providing the latest news and information about mental health and wellness. Among the priorities of the Mental Health Association are:
- Increasing understanding about mental health issues among all residents of the county to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
- Countywide mental health system capacity-building that will lead to more coordinated care delivery systems among all providers of mental health services, including independent practitioners, primary care and mental health clinics, hospitals, food and shelter providers, prisons and jails, employers, and educators.
- Partnership program development. MHA works with a variety of community partners to implement targeted strategies to address critical community mental health needs.
- Increasing assistance and support to special populations such as caregivers, veterans and their families, older adults, children and families, populations who are reentering society, specific ethnic/racial groups, and many more.
- Including mental health issues in the Health Care Reform and other policy discussions.
- Improving mental health wellness support and information and referral resources for all in the community.
Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.
909 Fern Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401