5 Reasons to Give to Mental Health America

MHA Admin

Thu, 12/01/2022 – 12:51

by Jennifer Molina, Individual Giving Manager at Mental Health America

I’ve worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, and my family knows my passion for giving back. They always joke every holiday season by asking me, “So, who are we donating to this year?” They listen as I explain why they should donate to a specific charity.

This year I’ve been grateful for Mental Health America and suggested they consider MHA when making their holiday donation. Yes, I am biased, but I genuinely believe in the organization I work for!

Here are the five reasons everyone should consider donating to MHA this holiday season.

1. Fight stigma

At Mental Health America, we choose to fight in the open – and everyone should feel like they can. Individuals are often afraid to speak out and get the help they need, fearing being mocked or called weak for seeking help. We are working hard to fight the stigma and educate people that mental health is health. Everyone has mental health, and your donation will help us further educate the public that they, too, can fight in the open.

2. Provide hope

Earlier this year, when speaking with a donor, she reminded me that Mental Health America is hope for many. Hope is a powerful feeling. For so many of us, we hope for a future where mental health is treated as a priority. What better way to provide hope to the 1 in 5 individuals who will face a diagnosable mental health condition in their lifetime than donating and turning hope into help.

3. Support our top-notch public education resources

This year I am particularly passionate about our public education resources. As I navigated my first year as a new parent, I often needed resources to check in on myself and watch for signs of postpartum depression. One of the best places to learn about maternal mental health was MHA’s public education resources. I read all our webpages filled with resources and even shared one of our amazing webinars with my husband, The New Dad Experience & Mental Health. They were invaluable for us and are for so many individuals seeking education on mental health. Public education is imperative, and with your support, we can reach even more individuals and cover more topics.

4. Screening saves lives

Did you know it costs Mental Health America, on average, $1.25 to provide a free clinically validated screening? Now picture this: Your $20 donation could be what helps your loved one realize they need support. It’s powerful to realize just how impactful your contribution is. In 2022, we screened over 5 million help-seeking individuals. Your donation can ensure we can continue to support every single one of them.

5. Giving makes you happy

One of the best reasons to donate to Mental Health America is simply because giving feels good. Studies have shown giving can actually be good for our mental health – by donating and sharing gratitude, we release oxytocin. In fact, some health benefits associated with giving include increased self-esteem, lower stress levels, and greater happiness.

My hope is that you find a way this holiday season to take care of your own mental health. And, if you are able, please consider providing that hope to others by donating to Mental Health America.


The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will house a “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center, that will provide case management, mental health community advocacy, and oversight from the M.I. Mother’s Keeper mental health advocates. 
The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will offer patrons access to immediate coverage by general surgeons as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
Our goal is to help people in the best way possible in an effort to preserve and to save more lives in the Nation’s Capital and beyond.

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Gunshot Victim
Life Threatening Wounds
Physical Assault Victim
Severely Injured Auto Accident Victim
Burn Victim
Choking & Breathing Obstructions
and more…


Child Sex Assault Victim
Domestic Violence Victim
Drug Overdose
Rape/Sex Crime Victim
Suicide Watch
Trafficking Victim
Nervous Breakdown
and more…

Mental Health

At Capital City Emergency Trauma & Wellness Center patrons with mental health emergencies that include life threatening situations in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function or is otherwise distraught and out of control, will have access to quality and psychiatric emergency services and referrals.

Physical Health

Whether your life threatening medical emergency involves excessive or uncontrollable bleeding, head injury. difficulty with breathing, severe pain, heart attack, vision impairments, stroke, physically collapsing, or seizure related, rest assured that our professionals will properly assess and evaluate the level of response that will be most needed to help provide stabilized care solutions and minimize complications as well as reduce early mortality.

Holistic Healthcare

We offer healthcare solutions that will support the whole person which includes their physical, psychological, emotional, social, & spiritual wellbeing. Research supports that because your mental state can affect your overall health we support and offer the inclusion of complimentary and alternative medicine(CAM) practitioners and naturopathic doctor recommendations and referrals as a part of our Outreach Community Resource Center’s care regimen and support.


Emergency care can typically result in traumatic injuries for which rehabilitation becomes an essential component of care in trying to achieve the best long-term outcomes for the patient. In addition to speeding up recovery times and helping to prevent further complications, rehabilitative care also helps to support a patient’s self-managed recovery once discharged from our facility. Our Outreach Community Resource Center works closely with our trauma center’s discharge department to assure that patrons requiring these services are linked with qualified professionals who will be accountable to the standard of care required to help the patron be successful in their recovery.

Social Services

Our “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center intends to promote “expansive” beneficial community enriching services, programs, case management, & linkage to “approved” partner resources and supports in all of the following intended areas and more:

Social Services

  • Clothing
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing/Shelter
  • I.D. Credentials
  • Senior Wellness Check
  • Toiletries
  • Transportation
  • Etc.

Extended Family Services

  • Child Care
  • Credit Counseling
  • Family Court Services
  • Legal Aide

Career Training

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Computer/Graphics Training
  • Culinary Program  
  • GED Courses
  • Hospitality Training
  • Job Etiquette & Grooming
  • Resume’ Prep
  • Sales Training
  • Software/Technology workshops
  • Small Business Training

Return Citizen
Program Partner
(Bridging the Gap)

  • Case Management
  • Temporary Boarding/Housing
  • Transitional Program Registration

Prevention/Intervention Outreach,
Workshops, & Programs

  • After-school Behavioral Health Program
  • Civic Engagement / Volunteer Sign-up
  • Fatherhood Rites of Passage
  • Gun Violence Town Hall Forum
  • Life Coaching & Coping Strategies
  • Marriage Counseling Workshops
  • Medicare Informational Workshops
  • Mentorship Training
  • Parental Classes
  • Support Groups
  • Town Hall Discussions
  • Violence De-Escalation Training
  • Voter Registration

Nutritional Outreach

  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Dietary Programs
  • Exercise Classes
  • Recipe Sharing Workshops
  • Meal Prep

Community Outreach

The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition is partnering with the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health advocacy organization to provide outreach services on the community level as an aid in reducing the existent health inequities that many District citizens are facing as a direct result of the presence of debilitating social determinants and the lack of culturally appropriate care choices and realities for community members residing in marginalized and lower-income communities.

It is the vision and intentions of the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health Advocates organization to help improve the quality of living for citizens living in our Nation’s Capital and beyond by overseeing the delicate linkage to services and by maintaining higher standards of care accountability for deserving citizens of the Nation’s Capital.

For more information or to enroll as one of our service providers, please email us at: