The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida
The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida (MHASWFL) is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3, non-governmental voluntary citizen organization whose primary goals are to promote healthy emotional and mental wellness.
Our Mission To Advocate for Mental Wellness through Education, Prevention, and Support.
Advocacy, an important activity of the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, has had its share of milestones. After successfully advocating for a psychologist in 1957, the Association in 1963, obtained and paid for the part-time services of a psychiatrist. Then attention was turned towards increasing the funding for the State Hospital to pay competent personnel, greater use of NCH for psychiatric patients, and more after care programs for patients. Dr. Louis Moore, President of the MHA1961-1962 lead the effort to secure a mental health center for Collier County. During this same period The Kiwanis Club, in support of MHA, approved a project of acquiring land and a building for the clinic. Polly Keller’s term as President, the dream was finally realized when the clinic doors opened in October. The present day Board and Staff of the MHASWFL appreciate the dedication of the founders and volunteers whose efforts have greatly improved the lives of all in our community. The mission has not changed. The goals may have been reprioritized and the language modernized but the intent remains the same.
Myths & Facts
Myth: People with mental illnesses can work low-level jobs but aren’t suited for really important or resp...
Fact: People with mental illnesses, like everyone else, have the potential to work at any level depe
Myth: Young people and children don’t suffer from mental health problems.
Fact: It is estimated that more than 6 million young people in America may suffer from a mental heal
Myth: Mentally ill persons are dangerous.
Fact: The vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent. In the cases when violence
Myth: People who need psychiatric care should be locked away in institutions.
Fact: Today, most people can lead productive lives within their communities thanks to a variety of s
Myth: A person who has had a mental illness can never be normal.
Fact: People with mental illnesses can recover and resume normal activities. For example, Mike Walla