What makes your idea unique?
Thousands of San Francisco residents experience a mental illness each year. A spouse dies, and grief gives way to anxiety. A woman enduring chemotherapy falls into a depression. A teenager hears voices, and he doesn’t know why. But people recover from mental illness, if we have the systems in place to help. That’s what MHA-SF has been committed to since 1947.
MHA-SF and its programs work to cure the system, not just the symptom. We don’t provide the bed for a person who is homeless. We press for the laws that require the city to build low-income, supportive housing. We don’t treat the illness. We guide people to the assistance that’s right for them—and make sure those resources are available. Policy, advocacy, training and research are our tools in bringing about systemic change.
MHA-SF is different. No other San Francisco mental health organization takes our holistic approach to improving the system:
We are the first place many San Francisco residents turn when they realize they need help. Each year we connect hundreds of San Franciscans with the services they need.
We are leading the way on mental health in San Francisco and beyond.
We successfully advocate for laws and funding that will bring people a better quality of life.
Our leadership training programs and volunteer opportunities not only advance the fight for better mental health care, they prepare people for employment.
We encourage people living with mental illness to become advocates themselves, because we believe they must be empowered to pursue their own goals. Together, we direct policy. It means people with mental illness have a voice in their treatment.