MHAGC is an independent, not-for-profit; based 501(c)3 organization founded in 1957 with a vision to significantly reduce the stigma and prejudice associated with mental illness. We hope to achieve this goal by being a leading resource provider, promoting brain health and developing strategies that support individual wellness. Our mission is to maximize the mental and emotional wellness of our youth, adults and families by promoting prevention and increasing empowerment through our education, collaboration and support programs.
MHAGC works to provide people with the knowledge and awareness needed to navigate the complexities of Chicago’s communities. Our goal is to create a holistically supportive environment to provide healthy avenues for people to achieve social, emotional and mental wellbeing. We strive to equip individuals with enough resilience to strategically bridge the unique combination of challenges presented to individuals through schools, family and society. MHAGC actively works to reduce stigma associated with mental health that leads to needles suffering and loss. The cost to the community and to business is significant.
As evidenced by the bullying, violence, suicide and other issues within our communities, the need for prevention and intervention is great. MHAGC aims to provide quality programming to students, teachers, school administrators and parents alike.
The goals of our programs are to:
- Significantly reduce suicide and attempted suicide in Chicago, where the CDC reports 15.5% of students seriously considered suicide in 2013
- Create a supportive and nurturing school community conducive to mental wellbeing
- Create recognition that mental health is a vital part of overall wellness
- Provide adolescents and families with emotional problem solving skills and tools
- Reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness that prevents access to care
Our programs are based on the premise that the mental health needs of our community members and their families can be met within their home, school, and community environments.