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Mental Health Association Of Middle Tennessee

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Associations

Mission: Consistent with our 70 year legacy of hope for mental wellness, we will be an innovative resource for the highest quality solutions for those affected by mental illness. We will be free of financial constraints, and we will be the best organization for those who choose to fulfill their passion and commitment to mental health.

Programs: Mental health america of middle tennessee promotes mental health and wellness throughout tennessee through education, advocacy, and services. In any given year, over 20,000 children and youth in 20 counties are taught how to manage bullies, bad days, and negative emotions; 32,000 are touched by suicide-prevention initiatives on how to recognize warning signs and make referrals; 2,000 tennesseans are taught how to care for someone with dementia; 1,000 non-english speakers are trained in acculturation, parenting skills, or domestic violence recovery; 3,000 tennesseans take our free, anonymous screenings online; 800 professionals earn continuing education credit through mental health academy; 1,000 people reach out to our helpline for information and referrals; and thousands more learn through brochures and information at health fairs and exhibits. Another 1,000 join us at legislative plaza in nashville to advocate for improved public policy for people needing access to affordable mental health or long-term care services; and our staff lead several coalitions to educate legislators, state departments, and community stakeholders. The annual jammin' to beat the blues concert is the largest mental health awareness event in tennessee with over 3,000 attending; and our website, social media, and e-blasts reach over 70,000 tennesseans each year.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Annavija

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee is a top notch organization. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to them over two years ago by a colleague, and have been continually impressed with their resources, professionalism, and welcoming attitude.

When I began suffering from excessive anxiety and panic attacks in 2015, I called them directly for help. I didn't even know what I needed, I just knew I needed help. They were able to direct me to several qualified psychologists, helped me with insurance resources, and followed up to make sure I got the care I needed.

On a personal note, the staff is the most hard working, dedicated, and authentic non-profit team I have ever worked with. They truly care about what they do and go above and beyond everyday to find new and greater ways to help people, whether it's getting a multi-year grant, or just sending flowers to someone who needs a little extra support. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a prior board member, board member emeritus, and volunteer of the Mental Health Association Of Middle Tennessee for more than 15 years, I am truly amazed at the advocacy, support, creative ideas, new agency creation, and industry guidance that has been provided by this agency for over 70 years. Not only has this agency provided suicide prevention, caregiver, and crisis support for many years, it accomplishes this with a keen focus on fiscal responsibility and stewardship.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee is a great resource for those with mental illnesses, family members, and those working with the mentally ill. They have knowledgeable and skilled employees and volunteers who can assist our every growing Spanish speaking population. I enjoy volunteering at the Runnin' to Beat the Blues, mainly so I can have my photo taken with Mr. I. C. Hope!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

In the many years that I have been involved in the field of mental illness, there has been one organization that stands out in the support of the consumer, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. It is the one agency that connects all ages, children through geriatrics with specialized mental health and wellness resources. Through the supportive leadership of Tom Starling he has brought together community Psychiatric Hospitals united for our mission of providing services that improve the quality of life to patients with mental illness. This organization continues to raise awareness of mental illness and advocates for parity in a world where there is still a stigma if you have mental illness. We are grateful for their presence in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee for more than 10 years. The Executive Director, Tom Starling, has led this nonprofit through 4 or 5 of the most difficult years in our economy all the while keeping the organization in the black and continuing to provide excellent service to our community and those in need. I am a former board member and have stayed involved with the organization because of the great work they do! Katy Sheesley

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MHA has served a critical role serving the mental health wellness and education needs in our community. The programs, services, and staff have grown in impact and efficiency over the past several years.

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