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About the Mental Health Association
First off, we would like to thank you for visiting our website and showing your support. The Mental Health Association in Indian River County (MHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing immediate access with no barriers to mental health care.
We are an affiliate of Mental Health America, and together, we work for prevention; for early identification and intervention for those at risk, and for recovery as a goal.
Why this is so important to us
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year?
Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8-15, the estimate is 13%.
Approximately half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder sometime in their life, with first onset usually in childhood or adolescence?
There are approximately 25,500 children/adolescents living in Indian River County. Most of these children will grow up to be happy, healthy, productive adults in our community, but based on national statistics, approximately 2,800 children/adolescents will have mental health conditions.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States? 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness.
The statistics you just read are real and they are alarming. We share them to stress the importance of the work we do here at the MHA, but also to spread the message that almost everyone is touched in one way or another by mental illness, and it’s okay to get help. That’s what we are here for.
How your support helps make our community healthier
Through the Walk-In & Counseling Center, we provide a comprehensive approach to care with individualized treatment. We have 7 therapists on our clinical team, a Chief Operating Officer, a Chief Brand Officer / Director of Marketing, an Executive Clinical Director, a Director of Consumer Services, a Director of Fund Development,, five support staff personnel, and two volunteers.
Last year, we provided about 10,000 professional services to over 1,300 unduplicated clients, including 640 mental health screenings, 4,655 psychotherapy visits, 898 psychiatry visits, and 1,042 group services, including our free support groups.
We also run three Drop-In Centers for people with severe and persistent mental illness in three counties – Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. These centers are open 365 days per year and we have had over 16,000 visits to the Drop-In Centers during the past year. Each center has a director. We also have 7 staff assistants working at these centers.
Thank you for visiting our website. Take a look around and if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 772-569-9788.
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free (800) 435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration Number CH-4331