Throughout its history, MHA has been focused on the goals set by its founders:
- to improve attitudes toward mental illness and people living with mental health conditions;
- improve services for people with mental health conditions; and
- work for the prevention of mental illnesses and the promotion of mental health.
Mental health awareness is definitely a more important part of the public conversation in the 21st century, but we still have a long road ahead of us. Our Learning Communities support these foundational goals and are formed around specific initiatives and on particular topics that will help people learn and grow.
We believe positive change is possible when we’re courageous enough to share our stories and open-minded enough to listen to others who have different life experiences.
Authentic conversations require us to acknowledge the possibility our thoughts and opinions can change. In fact, social transformation is possible in the simple fact that human beings can change their minds.
“Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.”Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
MHA Learning Community Webinars are offered via Zoom. New sessions are announced, recorded, and posted on this page.
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What Goes on in the House Stays in the House
Description: Black Americans are just as likely to experience mental health problems as the general population, but significantly less likely to receive treatment. This session offers a glimpse into the root of trauma and its consequences in the Black community, while exploring the cultural challenges and barriers associated with seeking services.
Mental Health and the Black Church
Description: Mental health is essential to our lives but often ignored in communities of faith. In this session, three local church leaders discuss the challenges they encounter addressing mental health in their churches, and explore the powerful tools spirituality can provide to help people live in recovery, develop resilience, and find purpose.