Thank you for considering MHAGC; we are delighted that are you interested in learning more about our organization and what we do. At MHAGC, volunteers form the core of our organization. We believe that volunteers are front and central to our success as we work to expand our reach and realize our vision. We hope that you will take the time to read this entire page, as it will give you much of the information you need as you consider a volunteer role.
Thank you for your interest in working more closely with The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago (MHAGC) as a volunteer! MHAGC is an independent, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization founded in 1957 with a vision is 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 business is significant.
As evidenced by the bullying, violence, suicide and other issues within our communities, the need for prevention and intervention is great. Our goal for 2015 is to increase the number of settings in which we present our programs 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
- 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. MHAGC is committed to reducing all incidents of suicide in our community, with a focus on certain vulnerable groups such a teens and veterans. We achieve this through our programs.