Frequently Asked Questions

Question MarkWhat does Mental Health America do?

MHA promotes the rights and well being of people with a mental illness. We are dedicated to improving the mental health of all individuals through advocacy, education, information and service.

Essentially,we are an organization that provides information about mental health and mental illness to individuals, professional organizations and the community. For more information, visit the What We Do page and Programs and Services pages.

Can you recommend a counselor, therapist or psychiatrist?

We can't recommend or endorse a specific therapist, counselor or psychiatrist. However, we do offer an online Therapist Directory for Southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, we offer a  searchable Resource Directory for Milwaukee County which provides information about mental health services, advocacy organizations, helplines and more. If you are outside of Milwaukee County, our Statewide Resources by County page provides a number of resources for each county.

Does Mental Health America of Wisconsin provide counseling?

No. We do not provide counseling or direct services but may be able to refer you to a clinic (see above).

Who does MHA serve?

MHA serves individuals, schools, workplaces, senior centers, support groups and community organizations in Milwaukee County and throughout Wisconsin by promoting the rights and well being of people with mental disorders. MHA is strongly committed to ensuring that quality service reaches minority, low-income, women, children and elderly communities.

The people we serve range from those who are mentally healthy, such as those attending workplace presentations and training, to those who are struggling to recover from a serious mental disorder, such as parents in the family programs. We serve a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures, family types and age groups.

Does Mental Health America provide any programs or support groups for people with mental illness?

Yes. The Strong Families Healthy Homes Program targets parents with chronic mental illness and teaches them life skills that help them raise healthy children. The goal is to keep parents and their children together through support and advocacy.

Our Survivors Helping Survivors support group is for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide. The group is led by mental health professionals who volunteer their services. We also list other mental health-related support groups sponsored by other agencies and organizations.

 
How does the Mental Health Association advocate for people with mental illness?

One way we support people with mental illness is through legislative  advocacy , which keeps people informed about proposals in Congress and the Wisconsin Legislature related to mental health.

MHA serves on several mental health committees, including the Governor's Council on Mental Health, Wisconsin United for Mental health, and the MHA Council of Wisconsin. We also are involved in several statewide initiatives such as the Prevention/Early Intervention in Mental Health Initiative which seeks to intervene earlier with persons at risk of mental illness or suicide.

Is anyone available to address mental health issues at our next meeting, program, special event, or class presentation?

Contact our Information & Outreach Coordinator at (414) 336-7970 or use our Contact Form for information about community presentations or health/resource fairs.

Are you part of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex?

No. The County Mental Health Complex provides direct services to patients with a mental illness who are uninsured.

We are a private, non-profit (501c3) organization affiliated with Mental Health America that provides information, advocacy and service related to mental health.

Who funds Mental Health America of Wisconsin?

MHA is funded through a variety of sources including government grants; corporate contributions; individual donations; memorials; bequests; United Way and foundation grants. View our Annual Report for a listing of our funders.

Can't find what you are looking for?

Call Mental Health America of Wisconsin at (414) 276-3122 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or contact us by email using our Contact Form.