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Mental Health America

Mental Health America

MHA is this country’s leading nonprofit organization with a mission to promote beneficial mental health lives through education, advocacy and services to indivi

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President Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act into law in 1963.

In 2003 the building housing the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) was slated for demolition to make way for updated facilities. To memorialize the building artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned, and faced with the difficult task of paying homage to the history of the building and the many lives it touched.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., keynote speaker at the National Mental Health Association's 1973 Research Award Dinner in New York City.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) spokesperson and comedian, Flip Wilson, receives an award in 1971 for his public education efforts.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) President L. Patt Franciosi presents First Lady Barbara Bush with a teddy bear as a part of NMHA's Remember the Children Campaign in 1990. Also pictured is NMHA Executive Director Preston Garrison and NMHA Spokesperson Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore.

After his death, Beers’ wife Clara agreed to have a play produced about his life. She demanded, however, that it be written in a way in which the central figure never appeared on stage. The name of the long forgotten play is telling: My Name Is Legion. In this picture, unnamed individuals, enact the play.

The Mental Health Bell after casting 1956. The inscription reads "Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness." More information on the Bell is available here: www.mentalhealtha...

The casting of the Mental Health Bell in 1956

Thanking a Mental Health Champion: Leaders of Mental Health America, including actress Joan Crawford, present President John F. Kennedy with a replica of the Mental Health Bell of Hope in recognition of his advocacy of the Mental Retardation and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963. President Kennedy's leadership and vision changed the way Americans approach mental health care in this country and led to a new era of hope and recovery for millions.

The introduction to our "History by Decade" webpage:

Frank Proctor, Board Chair for the National Mental Health Association, Joan Crawford, and President Kennedy

Vice President, Hubert Humphrey, and Jeannette Rockefeller, in the mid 1960s at a National Association for Mental Health (now Mental Health America) Leadership Conference

National Association for Mental Health (now Mental Health America) President Earl Warren Jr., First Vice President, Mrs. Burton Joseph, and President Johnson during Mental Health Month 1968

National Association for Mental Health (now Mental Health America) President Luther Alverson and Vice President, Richard Nixon, circa 1958 preparing to ring the Mental Health Bell

The Mental Health Bell circa 1995

The cover of the 1949 Annual Report for Mental Health America, which was formerly known as the National Mental Health Association.

A picture of our founder, Clifford W. Beers.

The Mental Health Bell pictured after its casting.

The casting of the Mental Health Bell at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Maryland in 1956. Individuals in the picture are Maryland Governor Theodore A. McKeldin and Mrs. A. Felix DuPont