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.

One in 3 high school students, including half of all girls, reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness in 2019 - up 40% since 2009. A new Surgeon General’s Advisory on Youth Mental Health outlines a series of recommendations to improve youth mental health and empower youth to recognize, manage, and learn from difficult emotions. The report calls for systemic change to better support children and adolescents in schools, health systems, and communities.

Feeling lonely? Survey research shows that more than 3 in 5 Americans feel lonely, left out, or poorly understood. Mental Health America's new website, I Am Not Alone, provides hundreds of opportunities to meet and connect with others for activities, training, and friendship.

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.

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.

MAMH Statement on Racism and Inequities

MAMH recognizes that racism undercuts the health and well being - including mental health - of individuals and communities. This statement reaffirms our commitment to structural reform to eliminate racism and inequities.

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.

The State of Mental Health in America 2022

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.