MHA-A News

safeTALK suicide-prevention training offered September 29

Mental Health America of Augusta, Valley Community Services Board, Rockbridge Area Community Services Board and Lock & Talk Virginia present safeTALK on Wednesday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Waynesboro. The training is being offered as part of Suicide Prevention Awareness month.


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Mental Health America finds nearly 2/3 of people screened for depression had severe or moderately severe symptoms in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic

Today, Mental Health America (MHA), with support from Lundbeck, released a new brief, Severe Depression and COVID-19: Communities in Need Across the U.S., analyzing data collected from 725,949 individuals who took a depression screen (PHQ-9) as part of the MHA Screening Program in 2020.


Mental Health America of Augusta needs your help to RunDownStigma!

For the past two years, Mental Health America of Augusta has brought community members together to show support, provide resources, and help reduce the stigma of mental health in our community. This year, the #RunningDownStigma 5k Run/Walk will be held at Gypsy Hill Park on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 8:00 am.


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Advocacy update: Youth mental health crisis report released

Mental Health America released a report Tuesday titled Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis: The Urgent Need for More Education, Services and Supports. 


Care package project completed with NAMI

MHA-A and NAMI Central Shenandoah Valley collaborated on this project to put together 150 care packages for our community.  They provided tips on interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. 


MHA-A receives CFCBR community grant

Mental Health America of Augusta received a 2021 Community Grant from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.


#RunningDownStigma 5K planned for September 11

The RunningDownStigma 5k Run/Walk is a family-friendly event that brings individual runners, team-based runners, and walkers together to build a mentally healthier community.


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Monthly Board Spotlight: Crystal Abbe Graham

Board member Crystal Graham discusses why she is a part of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Augusta and invites you to get a mental-health screening or get vital resources through the MHAA website. She also invites you to get trained to play a role in suicide prevention in the community. (Video)


MHAA receives support from Youth Philanthropy Council

Since 2008, the YPC has granted a total of $220,500 to local nonprofit organizations serving youth. Throughout those years, the youth participating in the YPC have consistently recognized the importance of ensuring that their peers have access to programs and services that support their well-being.


MHAA establishes A.R. “Pete” Giesen Jr. Scholarship Fund

We are extremely honored and humbled to be establishing the Mental Health America of Augusta A.R. “Pete” Giesen Jr. Scholarship Fund to continue to honor the legacy he left and support local students pursue their dreams.