Our mission is to incorporate the value of recovery, self-help, and empowerment by educating and advocating for recipients of Mental Health Services. The Advocacy Program encourages and promotes self-help and peer support. These services help to empower recipients to become self-directed and to maintain a healthy recovery process. The Advocacy Program utilizes walk-in hours, meetings, and presentations to provide opportunities and give information to consumers. The Advocacy Program is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of recipients by aiding them in their personal struggle against stigma. Peer Advocates help recipients to realize their personal strengths, which allows them to succeed. Assistance is also available in immediate and long-term goals such as financial stability, housing issues and further education.
“The Peer Advocates have helped me realize that my goals are attainable and have lifted much of the stress in my life.” – Beth
Our Education services provide community education and information from a peer perspective. By utilizing media via public service announcements, news releases and TV appearances, the MHA also heightens awareness of the stigma associated with mental illness. Education services also includes the Local Business Advisory Council (LBAC). The LBAC is designed to improve the employment opportunities for those living in our community with psychiatric disabilities. This goal will be reached by acknowledging gaps in services, sharing resources, and developing strategies to improve employment opportunities.