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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Thank you for making our 2022 Friend & Leader Award Dinner a huge success! If you missed joining us in person or live online on Sept. 19, you can still tune in to the event recording to honor individuals whose work supports mental health and wellness for youth across the Commonwealth. Thank you for your support!

MAMH 2021 Annual Report

More than half of Americans say that their mental health was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with women and young adults reporting the greatest impact. Learn more about our advocacy, partnerships, and initiatives to respond to the pandemic and the unprecedented demand for mental health services that followed.

Creating an Effective Behavioral Health Response System

Police involvement can escalate a behavioral health crisis, causing fear or triggering trauma reactions. Yet individuals experiencing a crisis and their families often find themselves with nowhere to turn but 911. Fortunately, there are alternatives to police response that can help address these challenges.

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.

MAMH Statement on Diversity and Cultural Competency

MAMH believes it is essential that all aspects of wellness promotion and mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment be reflective of the diversity of the community and that mental health and substance use policy makers and providers strive to become and remain culturally and linguistically competent.

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. View our webinar series focuses on older adults and trauma, co-hosted with the MA Aging and Mental Health Coalition.

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Massachusetts is ranked 1st 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.