History

The Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) is a voluntary membership citizens' organization representing a broad base of people working together as an advocate for individuals with mental illness. MHAM incorporated as a non-profit entity under Michigan statutes in 1937 and holds 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service. The MHAM maintains a non-partisan posture in its social action and public efforts. MHAM is affiliated with the Virginia-based Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association).

MHAM is the state's oldest non-profit organization and the only statewide, non-governmental agency concerned with the broad spectrum of mental illness across all age groups. The Association's mission is to improve care and treatment of mental illness; promote positive mental health; and prevent the onset of mental disorders. We do this through policy analysis and advocacy with government, primarily at the state government level in Lansing. We also work with many partners to host and publicize webinars and forums that bring public health information and educational opportunities to as many people as possible.