Who We Are:
Mental Health America of Greater Houston (MHA) was founded in 1954 by Houston philanthropist, Miss Ima Hogg. For nearly 60 years, MHA Houston has worked to ensure that our community makes mental health a priority. As the area’s oldest mental health education and advocacy organization, we actively work to replace misperceptions and misunderstanding about mental illness with compassion and proper treatment; link people to mental health services; provide education and training for key sectors of the community; remove barriers to mental health care by facilitating change in systems and advocate for legislative solutions that address the vast unmet need for public mental health services
What We Do:
MHA Houston’s mission is to enhance the mental health of all Houstonians and improve the lives of those with mental illnesses through collaborative education, outreach and advocacy.
Imagine being a mother who is depressed, has difficulty bonding with her baby, feels shame, guilt or inadequacy, and tells no one of her symptoms for fear of being judged or of feeling that she could lose her child.
Imagine being a combat soldier who is anxious, depressed, has a tough time adjusting to civilian life and has thoughts of suicide because the war continues in their head.
Imagine being a child who is bullied, feels hopeless and has severe health problems as result of unhealthy eating habits and behaviors learned in their younger years.
These are very real cases and issues that Houstonians face every day. Mental Health America of Greater Houston finds solutions to prevent the worst case scenario—especially for those at greatest risk and of greatest need.
As the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston cannot afford to further stress the capacity of its already strained health and mental health systems. Organizationally, we continually think of and learn about the ramifications of mental health and mental illness on the health and welfare of this and the next generation; and work in a variety of systems to make mental health a priority in our communities.
The “AETNA VOICES OF HEALTH” award would enable Mental Health America of Greater Houston an opportunity to expand our reach and proactively arm residents and communities with strategies and resources to protect their total health and give them hope of a different outcome and perhaps, a healthier future.
This award would help us educate, screen, train and create awareness on complex issues such as maternal mental health, veterans’ wellness, or disordered eating in children at little or no cost to countless individuals who are, in many cases, uninsured, underinsured or unable to afford these services.
Additionally, as part of our long-term investment in the wellness of our city, the “AETNA VOICES OF HEALTH” award would advance our efforts to eradicate stigma, to prevent some mental health and wellness concerns; and potentially strengthen our role of encouraging academic focus or community leadership in the area of mental health.
Mental Health America of Greater Houston gives health and hope for improving mental health and achieving victory over mental illnesses.
Mental Health America of Greater Houston
2211 Norfolk Suite 810
Houston, Texas 77098