Find COVID-19 resources and guidance at Network of Care Massachusetts.

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.

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Thanks to all who joined us for our 107th Annual - and first ever virtual - Friend & Leader Awards Event on Sept. 16! Congratulations to our 2020 Friend & Leader honorees and thanks to special guests Gov. Charlie Baker, First Lady Lauren Baker, and many others. If you missed it, you can still view the recorded event here.

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 Network of Care!

MA HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders kicked off our webinar series Well Being in the Time of COVID with a conversation to acknowledge, honor, and support frontline workers and caregivers.

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. MAMH and the Children's Mental Health Campaign propose a model for building an effective, sustainable system of Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care to provide earlier intervention while reducing the need for hospitalization. Our newly-released 2nd edition report addresses the unique needs of children with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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.

The State of Mental Health in America 2021

Massachusetts is ranked 3rd in the nation for access to behavioral health services and treatment in this annual report by Mental Health America, but there is still much work to be done.

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.