Mental Health America, of which Mental Health America of Greenville County is an affiliate, is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With 233 affiliates nationwide, Mental Health America works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.
Mental Health America was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. From these experiences, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape as Mental Health America.
Our work has resulted in positive change. We have educated millions about mental illnesses and reduced barriers to treatment and services. As a result of Mental Health America's efforts, many Americans with mental disorders have sought care and now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities.
The Mental Health America Bell
During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained people who had mental illnesses with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped.
Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for
the mentally ill and victory over mental illness. — Inscription on Mental Health Bell
Our History by Decade
National Mental Health America Services
Mental Health America of South Carolina
Mental Health America of Greenville County