About MHA

At MHALC, we are dedicated to helping individuals lead mentally healthy lives. We believe that to achieve optimal health we must make a commitment to care for mind, body, and spirit. Often, we take care of our physical needs by eating well or exercising, and connect with a presence larger than ourselves to attend to our spirit’s needs. Yet, when it comes to taking care of our mind, we often dismiss its’ importance. When we ignore our mental health, we overlook the very part of us that helps us to know and achieve our best selves.

Our mission is to promote optimal mental health through advocacy, education and support.

A society where mental wellness is the foundation of a healthy community.

MHA Lancaster Services

MHALC touches thousands of lives each year by providing the advocacy, educational and support services.  We offer them, one-to-one, throughout your journey to living independently and successfully in the community – and within your family, relationships and place of work.

What do we do?

We Advocate. We Educate. We Serve.

  • Deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support individuals and families impacted by mental illness in ways that help them move towards recovery.
  • Educate the public about mental health and mental illness to help eliminate stigma, labels and prejudice.
  • Changing lives by giving the gift of friendship to individuals with a serious mental illness.
  • Providing information and referral services to navigate the complex delivery system that can impede access to mental health services.
  • Advocating for policy and system change which accord rights and benefits to individuals living with a mental illness.
  • Promoting mental health and well-being for all individuals through education and training.
  • Promoting mental health and well-being for all individuals through education and training.

Our History

The National Mental Health Association (NMHA), which is now Mental Health America (MHA), is the United States’ oldest and largest non-profit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illnesses.

NMHA was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and experienced horrible abuse. Out of this pain, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape as the National Mental Health Association. His book “A Mind That Found Itself” is available for loan in the local MHA office.

In 1977, the organization’s name was officially changed to MHA Lancaster County, and finally in 2007 to Mental Health America of Lancaster County (MHALC).

Founded In The Year 1909

By Psychiatric Patient

Clifford W. Beers, Author of "A Mind That Found Itself"