Our Mission

The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is a not-for-profit organization that addresses mental health needs in New York City and across the nation.

Through our three-part mission of service, advocacy and education, we identify unmet needs and develop culturally sensitive programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness while promoting the importance of mental health.

Our Vision

MHA-NYC envisions a future where all people can achieve mental well being with dignity and respect through accessible, high-quality services and supports when, where and how they want them.

Our Programs

MHA-NYC is a leader in working with families and individuals,  developing innovative , supportive solutions that address unmet community needs. Staffed by peers and professionals, our organization is committed to providing evidence-based, recovery-oriented services that help people lead rich and rewarding lives.

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Crisis Hot Lines

NYC Well is New York City’s connection to free, confidential mental health support and access to mental health and substance misuse services. Speak to a counselor via phone, text or chat in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.

The national Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to those experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Phone and text available 24/7/365.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, suicide prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Phone and chat available 24/7/365.

Stories of Hope


Here’s What I Learned From My Suicide Attempt

When 9/11 happened, I joined the Marines. The Marines gave me a sense of being and purpose. When you’re in the Marines, you are trained from the first day... Read More...


How I turned my broken moments into a mosaic.

This blog post is authored by Pura Torres, a Peer Support Specialist for MHA-NYC’s NYC Well program.  “I LOVE MY JOB!” Every time I say this, or think it,... Read More...


Speaking for Youth

DJ Wilkerson shares his experiences with MHA-NYC’s Queens Adolescent Skill Center, and how the Center helped him build his skills and gave him a chance to speak for youth... Read More...


Family Matters

Helping others is often the way we end up helping ourselves. No one knows that better than Michelle, who was able to help her two sons with the skills... Read More...