About MHA Lancaster County

At Mental Health America of Lancaster County, 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 our mind, body, and spirit. Often, we take care of our physical needs by eating well or exercising, and connecting 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

We Advocate. We Educate. We Support.

Mental Health America of Lancaster County prides itself in its mission: to promote optimal mental health through advocacy, education, and support. As the premier resource hub for mental health resources in the county, we respond to the gaps in services by providing nine programs dedicated to helping members of our community along their journey of mental wellness. Our hope is that MHALC can bring transparency to those around us and generate conversations that will help those struggling with mental illness to feel empowered to get the help they need and deserve.

Through our advocacy services we:

  • Touch the lives of adults and seniors facing isolation and loneliness.
  • Provide one-to-one support to those struggling to find a therapist or afford their medications.
  • Engage with schools to assist families and their children with Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
  • Offer support to incarcerated individuals and their families.

We provide educational training opportunities:

  • To students, teachers, and administrators in our local schools and businesses on important topics such as stress and anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention.
  • We host the annual Suicide Prevention Conference each September.
  • To churches and faith leaders who want to bring resources to their congregations.

And lastly, we support:

  • Those struggling with bipolar disorder, panic and OCD, depression, and suicide loss with our support groups.
  • Through our Suicide Prevention Coalition, we tackle the tough topic of “breaking the stigma” and identifying at-risk individuals who are displaying warning signs and arming the people around them with knowledge on those “next steps” in helping them get their loved ones support.
  • And so much more!
about mha lancaster county

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 that addresses 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).

Clifford W. Beers, Author of "A Mind That Found Itself"
Founded In The Year 1909

By Psychiatric Patient

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