Since 1913, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) has worked to improve understanding of mental health conditions and combat disparities in health services access. We envision a day when all individuals and families across the Commonwealth have the resources and opportunities they need to promote resilience and protect overall health.

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Crisis Services Report Proposes Alternatives

A new Report of the Community Policing and Behavioral Health Advisory Council provides recommendations for a crisis services system that uses best practices and is organized, integrated, and accessible. Find the full report here. To provide feedback, click here.

Communicating for Change

Communicating effectively helps us build and shape support for mental health policies and programs that work. Our new training and toolkit, developed collaboratively with the FrameWorks Institute, will help you frame issues to advocate successfully for positive change. Learn more and request a training here.

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Our podcast series produced in collaboration with Kiva Centers explores the way people draw on their own lived experiences to support others, innovate, and advocate for change. Learn more and listen to our podcast here!

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Help Line Offers 24/7 Access to Support

The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line offers phone and text support to Massachusetts residents trying to access mental health and substance use services. Learn more and get help here.

Report of the Community Policing and Behavioral Health Advisory Council

An effective crisis response includes someone to talk to, someone to respond, and a place to go for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. This legislative report provides an overview of the existing crisis system in Massachusetts, identifies strengths and gaps based on national best practices, and makes recommendations for improvement.

MAMH 2022 Annual Report

With a growing awareness of the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic on mental health, there is now a consensus that mental health must be valued, supported, and promoted across the lifespan. Learn more about our advocacy, partnerships, and initiatives to achieve measurable progress for people with mental health conditions and their families in the

Inventory of Initiatives to Recruit and Retain a Qualified Behavioral Health Workforce

Despite being a leader in educating, training, and licensing a behavioral health workforce that is more robust than many states, Massachusetts is experiencing a shortage of qualified behavioral health providers.

Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care

Children and adolescents seeking behavioral health care often experience delays in access to quality services. MAMH and the Children's Mental Health Campaign propose a model for building an effective, sustainable system of Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care to provide earlier intervention while reducing the need for hospitalization. Our newly-released 2nd edition report addresses the unique needs of children with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

MAMH Statement on Diversity and Cultural Competency

MAMH believes it is essential that all aspects of wellness promotion and mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment be reflective of the diversity of the community and that mental health and substance use policy makers and providers strive to become and remain culturally and linguistically competent.

The State of Mental Health in America 2023

Massachusetts is ranked 2nd in the nation for access to behavioral health services and treatment in this annual report by Mental Health America, but there is still much work to be done.

Preventing Suicide

Join MAMH in supporting the International Declaration for Zero Suicide Healthcare. No suicide is fated! Learn more by watching the Zero Suicide Call to Action video. For 24/7, free and confidential support, please call the nationwide 3-digit code, 9-8-8, to access suicide prevention and mental health support services.