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Raising our voice for those unheard…

 

Mission

Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

 

Vision

Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through meaningful social inclusion that is free from discrimination.

 

Statement of Purpose

The purposes of the Organization is to work for wellness, mental health and victory over mental and substance use conditions through the development of a coordinated citizens’ voluntary movement; to advocate for the improved care and treatment of persons with mental and substance use conditions; to advocate for improved methods and services in research, prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of mental and substance use conditions; to educate the public about mental and substance use conditions and their causes and treatments; and to fight stigma and prejudice and promote social justice and recovery from mental and substance use conditions.

 

Guiding Principles

  1. Mental health is a fundamental social justice issue
  2. There is no health without mental health
  3. Concern for the public’s health demands that disparities in treatment and the disproportionality of the burden of illness be eradicated
  4. We require change that is commensurate to the enormous magnitude of behavioral health problems in multiple aspects of our culture, our communities, our neighborhoods and our families
  5. MHA represents a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation. This movement must engage and involve the general public as well as persons with mental and substance use conditions in all its aspects
  6. We emphasize recovery from mental and substance use conditions for all

 

We Are Committed To

  • Raise our voice for people affected by mental and substance use conditions that have not had a voice
  • Diversity and cultural competence in programs, communication, treatment, and relationships
  • The translation of science into practice
  • Ensuring that the public’s trust is confirmed through efficient conscientious leadership and stewardship
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