Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 870 Market Street Suite 928 San Francisco CA 94102 USA

Mission: The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF) is a non-profit citizen’s organization dedicated to improving the mental health of residents in the diverse communities of San Francisco through advocacy, education, research and service. In all its programs, MHA-SF works together with people and families challenged by mental illness and with the agencies that serve them to promote prevention, access to services, leadership and independence.
Target demographics: San Franciscans, with a focus on low-income individuals who face the highest barriers in accessing mental health care
Direct beneficiaries per year: MHA-SF directly serves 1,500 San Franciscans every year through its trainings, workshops, support and treatment groups, confere
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: The programs that the Mental Health Association of San Francisco provide include: referral and education services to consumers, family members, people who work with consumers, and public policy makers; consumer support groups and trainings; public depression screenings; the creation of leadership and employment opportunities for mental health consumers;and advocacy for the needs of mental health adults and children on policy issues such as housing. The MHA-SF also holds conferences and produces educational materials to provide information about mental health to consumers and their families as well as policy makers and the larger community. Current programs include: 1)Community Education; 2)Consumer Leadership Training; 3) Homeless and Eviction Prevention; and 4) Employment Support and Job Creation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I completed a three month internship with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco and I am incredibly pleased with my internship experience. My internship provided me the opportunity to learn a wealth of information in regards to the mental health system. I had the chance to bridge my psychology background to a working environment to enact change. One of the things I enjoyed the most about my internship experience was that I felt I made a contribution to the organization. As the event planning intern, most of my responsibilities centered on the 2008 Hoarding and Cluttering Conference. The responsibilities I was given were not vacuous assignments as I had the chance to make an impact from the beginning. The aspect of my internship that really helped shape my experience was the great staff. They were incredibly receptive to any questions and concerns I raised and gave me the opportunity to voice my opinion. I couldn’t have asked for more welcoming and passionate co-workers and fellow interns. The smaller working environment provided a great opportunity to learn from one another, collaborate and share in our experiences. I was extremely impressed with the organization as it works with consumers as well as mental health agencies. To be part of a dedicated organization striving to improve the lives of the residents of San Francisco through its advocacy and policy work in addition to the educational programs has been wonderful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the successful educational programs and policy work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

research ways to increase funding while hiring more staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I felt I made an impact and contributed to the well-being of San Francisco residents. I had a great opportunity to learn about how mental health issues are dealt with at a city and state level.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the lives of more residents and create a larger impact on the city.

Ways to make it better...

I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need for more funding to enact more change.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am thankful for the opportunity to work at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My experience this summer as the Mental Health Association of San Francisco’s Fundraising and Communications intern was nothing short of an excellent experience. I was treated with a lot of respect, and not for a moment did I feel inferior among my peers. My duties were chosen according to my skills, but were challenging enough for me to demonstrate growth and progress. I worked on tasks for the annual Hoarding and Cluttering Conference, devised new ways to further generate funds for the organization, as well as partook in weekly meetings and smaller projects. I worked closely with members of the staff, who from the start, made me feel comfortable in a fast-paced environment where work does not cease to exist. The staff is very dedicated in their endeavors to change the way that mental illness is portrayed and dealt with in a society where it is often overlooked. Though MHA-SF acts as a middleman between consumers and service agencies, they are more than a tool for resources; they are advocates and friends for people who seek help. I am thankful to have been a contributor to an organization so devoted to creating a well-informed, mentally healthy San Francisco.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing results in conference planning, and implementation of earned income ideas.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to learn about the significance of hoarding and cluttering, being engaged in different tasks and seeing my progress, as well as building lasting relationships with my peers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring, helpful, and very diverse.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire more permanent employees, more trainings and conferences, and more office space.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I was a summer intern at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and I loved the whole experience. I was the Education Intern so a lot of the work I did involved MHA-SF's Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering. I went to many hoarding trainings around San Francisco and learned how devastating the effects of compulsive hoarding and cluttering can be on people and their families. One of my favorite things about my internship was the wide range of tasks and jobs I was given. For example, one day I would be sitting at my desk working on some kind of excel spreadsheet project and the next day I would be handing out mental health information at a Tenderloin health fair. I really support MHA-SF's work to help mental health consumers become advocates for themselves and for others with mental illness, because I think giving people the tools they need to help themselves is the best thing an organization like MHA-SF can do. Everyone I worked with at MHA-SF was great and I learned something from every member of the staff. Everyone was treated fairly and with respect, so it was a really nice environment to work in. Working at MHA-SF has inspired me to pursue a career in social work in the future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

successfully educating people about the effects compulsive hoarding and cluttering can have on individuals and the city as a whole.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and be as engaged and active in the organization's trainings, workshops and other events as possible so that the executive director really understands the work the organization is doing on a day to day basis.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of jobs and responsibilities I was given.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, extremely helpful and genuine people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more staff, expand its programs, move to a bigger office space, have more large scale events more often, and hopefully successfully keep more people from living on the streets through education and advocacy programs that could reach more people.

Ways to make it better...

I had been given a little more guidance when I first started my internship.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

employee turnover and a lack of organization in terms of supplies and old documents laying around the office.

One thing I'd also say is that...

MHA-SF is a great place to work and the organization does a lot of great work for people in San Francisco who suffer from the effects of mental illness.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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I did a 3 month public policy internship at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco and had a truly wonderful experience there. MHA-SF staff are extremely caring, compassionate individuals who dedicate themselves to creating positive changes in the mental health system. What especially impressed me about the MHA-SF was their commitment to including mental health consumers in their processes for producing change. Rather than functioning as a top-down agency that decides what is best for consumers without actually taking consumers' input into consideration, the MHA-SF serves as an integrated organization that works with consumers and other mental health service agencies to push for social change; in other words, the MHA-SF, through its educational programs and public policy and advocacy work, plays a pivotal role in the social movement for improving mental health.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through its recent work with Transitional Age Youth--youth whose needs are often neglected by the public mental health system. Through its recent Mental Health Young Adult Advisors Training, the MHA-SF successfully got 21 youth, aged 16 to 24, involved in advocating for change in the mental health system.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with other mental health consumers through advocacy meetings and trainings. The MHA-SF provides the opportunity for consumers of all ages to come together and advocate for change in the mental heath system.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

individuals with diverse backgrounds and of varying ages. MHA-SF staff are all incredibly kind and helpful and together foster an inclusive, comfortable work environment.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

extend its effective outreach work to get more consumers involved in public policy and advocacy work. With greater funding, the MHA-SF could offer more trainings to more consumers and hire additional staff to oversee support groups for consumers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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