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Causes: Civil Rights, Human Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Minority Rights, Voter Education & Registration, Voting Rights

Mission: Mission We aim to support the growth of movements in our local area that are of utmost importance to us as a community. Advocacy for Inequality and Injustice, Mental Health and Wellness, and Civic Empowerment are our main areas of focus. Through partnerships with local, like-minded organizations we will amplify the impact being made in our communities. Vision To have a healthy community where people can be equally who they are, and can stand for what they believe, without reprove.

Target demographics: our entire community, regardless of race, gender, religion, political views, or orientation

Geographic areas served: Eastern Carolina

Programs: the Sola Amari Endowment, a benevolence fund for children with mental health concerns to support them and their families through hard times.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! It gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to be able to help my family members that struggle with addiction!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MHAEC is such a role model for what good non profits should be! They are extremely passionate about the people the serve. They are always eager to work with new people and help in any way they can!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this organization and everything it stands for! Has helped me be more confident to be myself!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with MHAEC gave me the confidence to talk with my friends and family members about my mental health illness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome people! Are there for you as a shoulder to cry on or as someone to help you get treatment!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have bipolar disorder and have been helped my MHAEC. They helped me realize that I don’t have a disease and shouldn’t be outcasted. They made me feel like a person rather than a statistic. A bunch of amazing people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have struggled with alcoholism and with the support and help of MHAEC, I was able to overcome my addiction and be a better person. If it weren’t for MHAEC, only God knows where I would be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter works with MHAEC and since she has began her journey with this amazing organization she has been able to help our family members who suffer from mental health illness or substance abuse disorders. This organization not only impacted her life, but our family as well. I will forever be grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with MHAEC and saw that the employees and board are so dedicated to impacting the community! It was so inspiring to see people who have a passion and that speak out for those that don’t have a voice!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina and fell in love with what this organization represents! The employees and board members are completely dedicated to helping individuals who suffer with mental illness or substance use and reducing the stigma associated with these individuals.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Collaboration is key for bringing stakeholders together to support a common mission. Pitt County Community Collaborative on MH & SA brings those stakeholders together in a variety of ways, from the criminal justice setting to the health setting. This is done in a very energetic and meaningful way. This spirit of collaboration benefits those we serve by developing innovative programming and sustainability.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This agency's staff is truly devoted to seeking out services to help individuals with mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues find their way back to normalcy in their lives. They are genuine, caring, and experienced professionals who have a wealth of resources in the community to link individuals and other agencies with. We need more agencies like them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has been and continues to be an asset to the community of Pitt County and it's residents. Since being established it has offered many informational opportunities to citizens and also provided opportunities to providers to get together and share information. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the best young nonprofits around. They are totally involved with Community Collaborations, advocacy and a commitment to provide awareness on the issues around mental health and substance abuse.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This group is a community based organization that helps open up minds to what behavioral health patients and substance abuse patients face on a daily basis. They help coordinate services and even have peer support to help with the challenges of theses diseases.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege to witness this organization change the lives of those throughout our community. From the peer navigation program steering those in need to proper care to their advocacy work, this organization is working tirelessly to create a positive impact within our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a summer intern at MHAEC, I have had the honor of seeing the impact made by MHAEC first hand. MHAEC goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the members of our community to assist in their time of needs. No matter the circumstance, MHAEC does whatever possible to give aid to all who need. Its been an honor to get to work with them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent staff, they are truly compassionate about what they do and how they work in the community with others.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MHAEC Is truly making a difference in Eastern Carolina. From advocacy work to peer navigation, to collaboration projects, to community education...they are standing in the gap for those dealing with mental illness and substance use and those that serve those who are facing mental health and substance concerns.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has been instrumental in linking our patients with safe, effective case management services through their peer navigator program. In a time when not all patients have access to billable services, they genuinely try to put patients first and do what they can to improve their access to care and quality of life.