Episode 79 (Part 2 of 3): Protecting Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak
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The worldwide Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives in many ways. Now, more than ever, we need to know about resources and initiatives that support good mental health in these difficult times. In this second of three special ADA Live! episodes, we speak with Debbie Plotnick, Vice President for State and Federal Advocacy at Mental Health America (MHA), about resources available for people who may feel isolated, medical professionals, and caregivers. She will also discuss policy initiatives championed by Mental Health America.
Mental Health America
Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America (MHA) is the nationâ€™s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. MHAâ€™s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. From these experiences, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape and is known today as Mental Health America.
MHAâ€™s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. MHAâ€™s national office and its 200+ affiliates and associates around the country work every day to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization.