"Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness."
This powerful inscription appears on the original MHA bell forged over 50 years ago from the iron chains and shackles that bound people in mental asylums. It serves as a reminder of our past and the progress made; it is a powerful symbol of victory over mental illness.
Since 1964, Mental Health America of Southwestern PA has worked to fight the stigma associated with mental illness through outreach and educational efforts. MHA provides educational programs that help individuals learn about mental wellness as well as explain the challenges of depression, bipolar disorder and other types of mental illness.
Mental Health America of Southwestern PA is an affiliate of Mental Health America.
To strengthen resilience and recovery in our communities with mental health and substance use education, prevention, advocacy and supportive services.
We envision a just, humane and healthy community in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to enhance their mental health and develop to their full potential, free from stigma and prejudice.