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Since 1913, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) has worked to improve understanding of mental health conditions and combat disparities in health services access. We envision a day when all individuals and families across the Commonwealth have the resources and opportunities they need to promote resilience and protect overall health.

Network of Care

Network of Care Massachusetts is a free website with info about more than 5,000 mental health, substance use, and social service resources in Massachusetts. From Boston to the Berkshires, when you or a loved one are facing problems with mental health, drugs, or alcohol, take the first step today at www.massachusetts.networkofcar...!

Youth Video Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Mental Health Matters youth video contest, sponsored by MAMH and the MA Health Council! Middle school and high school students offered strategies and tips on how to stay mentally healthy during COVID - and we were impressed and inspired by their thoughts and creativity! View the winning video by Oliver Trask here, and click here for a list of all the winners and links to their videos.

Friend & Leader

Each year, we honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advance access to effective mental health services in the Commonwealth. Please click here for information about our 2020 Friend & Leader celebration on Sept. 16 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston! For photos from the 2019 Friend & Leader event, please click here.

Estimating the Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 and the resulting public health response will have a dramatic impact on mental health and substance use in Massachusetts, even after the pandemic has passed. MAMH partnered with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to share estimates of that impact and offer policy recommendations to address both the causes and consequences.

Criminal Justice System Reform

In Middlesex County Jail & House of Correction, about 45% of inmates and detainees have mental health or substance use conditions. The Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission is proposing an effective model to provide short-term crisis stabilization, triage people to the appropriate levels of treatment, help individuals navigate the complex behavioral health system, and increase the use of services supporting social determinants of health in the community.

Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care

Children and adolescents seeking behavioral health care often experience delays in access to quality services. With key support from the Miller Innovation Fund, MAMH and its partners in the Children's Mental Health Campaign propose a strategy to build an effective, sustainable system of Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care to provide earlier intervention while reducing the need for hospitalization. Read our discussion on the #Crisis Now blog.

Older Adults and Trauma

Older adults are most at risk both for severity of COVID-19 symptoms and for loneliness and neglect during social distancing. For older adults who have experienced trauma or chronic stress during their lifetime, this time may be especially stressful. Our new webinar series focuses on older adults and trauma.

Section 35 Reform

Massachusetts is the only state to incarcerate those civilly committed for SUD treatment. Leaders of the Commonwealth for three decades have acknowledged that this is inconsistent with proper treatment and also inconsistent with the correctional mission. MAMH joined Prisoners' Legal Services of MA and other advocates in calling for an end to incarceration for people civilly committed under Section 35.

Crisis Care Guidelines

MAMH helped develop the SAMHSA National Guidelines for Crisis Care: A Best Practice Toolkit, which advances national guidelines in recovery-oriented crisis care within a toolkit that supports program design, development, implementation, and continuous quality improvement.

Preventing Suicide

Join MAMH in supporting the International Declaration for Zero Suicide Healthcare. No suicide is fated! Learn more by watching the Zero Suicide Call to Action video. For 24/7, free and confidential support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.