Mission: The mha works within cabarrus and mecklenburg counties of north carolina to promote mental wellness through advocacy, prevention and education.
Programs: Parentvoice - the association provides information, support and opportunities thatstrengthen and inspire youth with mental health challenges, and theirfamily/caregivers, to learn, lead, participate, and advocate for quality services and successful outcomes. This program is staffed by parents and caregivers of youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health concerns and provides trained and caring family support specialists to help families navigate the education and mental health systems. The program also provides an opportunity for families to connect with other parents facing similar issues. Participating families learn to successfully navigate the mental health, educational, and juvenile just systems; become empowered; and increase self advocacy skills.
mental health advocacy - promotes mental wellness through advocacy, prevention andeducation. Advocacy efforts help to achieve social or policy change by identifyingand framing the issues related to mental health services delivery, developingalliances, and gathering and disseminating data. The program also providesinformation and referral, as well as the delivery of community education andtrainings such as suicide prevention training.
compeer - compassionate volunteers are matched with persons diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses for socialization and recreation. Compeer volunteershelp reduce the loneliness and isolation that often accompany mental illness. Research shows that compeer pairings often result in fewer hospitalizations, improved adherence with treatment programs and increased self-esteem for people with mental health concerns. Compeer matches help decrease overall medical costs because of the associated reduction in rates of recurrence.
My name is Angela Oakes, I am a certified peer support specialist, a mother, a wife, a volleyball player and coach, I also suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and Bi-Polar Disorder. I have volunteered with the Mental Health Association in the last 4 years. I was involved in the Compeer Program, I was one of the their first Ambassador's. I have shared my story of struggling with a brain disorder to various audiences. My experience with the Mental Health Association has changed my life forever and I am so grateful I found this organization. The employee's of MHA are incredibly special to me, from the beginning they encouraged me and I began to feel like I was important and special. They helped me believe I was brave and courageous and had alot to offer the world by sharing my story. My most recent volunteer experience with MHA was valuable and rewarding because my 18 year old son "Gavin" was also involved. We along with other Ambassador's of MHA were part of a video campaign to reduce stigma around mental illness. All of my participation with MHA has been tremendously gratifying! This organization is passionate and dedicated to their mission!! A special thank you to Andrea Towner for her commitment and hard work in the "Mental Health Matters, It's Time To Talk" video campain! Also, thank you to Ellis Fields who manages a great organization. Love you guys and keep up the good work!