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Mental Health America Celebrates 100 Years of Mental Health Advocacy and Support
Date:12/15/2008

Achievements of Past Century Include Major Milestones in the Advancement of Rights and Treatment for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mental Health America, today announced the launch of its Centennial Year: "Celebrating the Legacy, Forging the Future." The 100-year history of Mental Health America is the remarkable story of one person who turned a personal struggle with mental illness into a national movement and of the millions of others who came together to fulfill his vision.

Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, a young businessman who experienced firsthand the treatment of individuals with mental illness, Mental Health America and its over 300 affiliates nationwide have a 100-year record of achievement advancing the cause of people with mental health issues. The National Committee for Mental Hygiene, as it was called in the early years, was the first association of its kind and the beginning of the organized mental health movement in America.

"Our groundbreaking work has transformed how the country approaches mental health care," said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. "The recent passage of mental health parity is a milestone that builds on our history of advocacy. Now we must move on other fronts so the nation approaches the issue of mental health with the same urgency as other health problems. Good mental health is fundamental to the health and well-being of every person and of the nation as a whole."

Mental Health America will continue its vital work into a new century to end discrimination against persons with mental illnesses, increase research into the causes and cures of mental illnesses and expand access to effective, high quality treatment and prevention programming.

The year-long anniversary will recognize major accomplishments, highlight
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