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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Associations

Mission: The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago (MHAGC) is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer Association founded in 1957. MHAGC is an advocate for the social and emotional health of children and families, and provides practical tools and educational training for identification, prevention, and referral of mental illness.

Programs: The organization provides practical tools and educational programs for the identification, prevention, and referral to services for the mental wellness for children, adolescents, parents, educators and veterans. The focus is to educate about mental health, to reduce the stigma associated with it and provide knowledge for preventing mental illness when possible and protecting our brain/mental wellbeing. The organization has been educating students, parents and educators about mental health. The cornerstone program is the learning2live program. It offers a 10 days in 10 weeks curriculum designed to educate health professionals, law enforcement officers, teachers, counselors, school staff, parents, students and veteransabout mental health disorders including suicide, anxiety and depression, self-mutilation, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and eating disorders. Additional programs include 2tough2bully - focused on helping individuals become internally tough so they do not bully nor are they bullied. In addition we provide several sessions for lifelong mental health.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to congratulate the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago and its very capable and hard working president ,for an outstanding service to our community. This organization needs our support to continue their valuable mission!
Aphrodite Soussa

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was a teenager, I attempted suicide. I am so fortunate that I did not complete it. It is my mission in life to end suicides and help those in pain to find solutions for what they are feeling. Life is precious, I would have missed so much if I had completed my attempt at 15. And, now as a parent, I would never want a parent to go through what I almost put my mom through. I wish I knew then what I later learned about mental illness.

This organization has a mission to bring awareness and end suicides. That is why I am here.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

This is a great organization that offers education and support for individuals and families.
They work hard to eliminate mental health stigma.
The Mental Health Assn of Greater Chicago (MHAGC pronounced magic) is a non profit
operated mainly by volunteers . It is doe not receive any government grants and replies
on the generosity of the donating public.


Rating: 5

The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago does a great job of spreading mental health awareness! That's why I'm a volunteer there! They help teens with programs like 2Tough2Bully and suicide prevention. Their board is comprised of doctors and other professionals from the mental health industry. I believe their mission is sorely needed in these challenging times!


Rating: 4

A very friendly & caring staff committed to the cause, as well as helping the volunteers making their best contributuon to the MHAGC.

Gregg E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What makes this organization wonderful beyond the critical work they do to help those with mental illness is the dedicated passion of Stella Kalfas. Stella continues to take her deep knowledge and reach out to her vast network to create the awareness needed to bring attention to improving the lives of those that want to overcome rather than only cope with this difficult illness.