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Making Room for Mental Health Capital Campaign comes to a conclusion: We Have Completed the Dream!

We did it!  With YOUR help, our $3.5 Million Capital Campaign has come to a successful conclusion. "We began this campaign during one of the most difficult economic times our country has seen." states Pat Hanberry, MHA's Chief Executive Officer. "I believe the fact that we have made our financial goal shows that this community understands and supports the critical nature of our work. That support has been clearly demonstrated by nearly 200 individuals, businesses and foundations who made financial commitments to this project in the face of an uncertain economy."

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Five years ago, MHA's Board of Directors decided that it was time to set down some roots and truly 'Make Room for Mental Health' in our community.  The need for our critical services was great and we were bursting at the seams in rented space on West Patrick Street. Since that time, more than $3.5 Million has been raised or financed through the hard work of dedicated staff, volunteers and members of the Board of Directors. We purchased and renovated a portion of the building located at 226 South Jefferson Street. MHA staff moved into the renovated office portion of the building in May 2012 while the Board, staff and volunteers continued to raise funds needed to complete the final phase of building - The Community Services Wing.

The start of construction on the Community Services Wing marks the end of a successful capital campaign; however our "success" isn't defined by having a new building to house our organization. "Success" is our ability to reach out and serve the ever growing numbers of individuals and families needing mental health and wellness support to move forward with their lives. The new facility is an instrument that will empower MHA to achieve that level of success.   

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Brandon Marshall Raises Mental Health Awareness

Brandon Marshall Breaks NFL Rules to Raise Awareness of Mental Health: Brandon Marshall, the pro football Chicago Bears wide receiver who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011 and has been a vocal mental health advocate, marked Mental Illness Awareness Week by wearing green cleats during the Bears game against the New York Giants last Thursday. The color lime green has been adopted by mental health groups. Initially, the NFL said it would ban Marshall from taking the field because it prohibits players from wearing unapproved uniform gear, including green shoes when your team colors don’t include green. After public pressure, the league offered to fine Marshall instead of banishing him to the locker room. Marshall promised to pay the fine and pay an equal amount to charity. In addition to Marshall’s expression, the Trump Tower, Intercontinental Hotel and the Wrigley Building agreed to glow with green lights to spread awareness about mental illness recovery. Read more! 

Thank You Brewers Alley

A very special thanks to Phil Bowers and Fountain Rock Management for supporting with Brewers Alley MHA Day on October 1. And thank you to all of our friends and supporters who enjoyed lunch, dinner and everything in between - Brewers Alley will donate 20% of gross to strengthen MHAs impact on our community.

The Navy Yard Tragedy and Mental Health Concerns

Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released the following statement concerning about  the tragedy at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
"NAMI shares the anguish and anger of the nation at the Navy Yard tragedy in which 12 military and civilian people died and several others were wounded. We extend our sympathy to their families.
Facts still are emerging, with the news media reporting some from unnamed sources. Mental health problems may be a factor in the rampage by the gunman; however, it is important not to speculate on medical diagnoses.
Several established facts and issues are relevant to public investigations surrounding the tragedy.  Read More


Mental Illness Stigma

View a short video by the organization "No Kidding, Me Too!"   -  an organization trying to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.

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