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About Us

Established in 1946, the Mental Health Association of Central Florida (MHACF) is one of the oldest nonprofits in Central Florida and is the leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.

We provide a wide range of services, which include complimentary resources and professional referrals from our database of over 3000 providers through our Mental Health Connections program, free mental health services at our Outlook Clinic, the only free mental health clinic in the state of Florida, for qualified individuals, and hosting Peer Support Recovery and Guardian Advocate services.   


“To provide mental health services, support and information to the members of our Central Florida community.”

Our Equity Statement

The Mental Health Association of Central Florida (MHACF) understands that violence, racism, hate, and discrimination undermine mental wellness and are significant contributors to individual and community trauma. Therefore, we are committed to breaking cycles of multi-generational distress for marginalized communities in all that we do by pledging to work against racism, bias, prejudice and discrimination at individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels.

Our Featured Programs

Community Events

As part of our commitment to the mental well-being of our community, the Mental Health Association of Central Florida dedicates our time to raising awareness and spreading mental health information and resources through peer recovery support groups, trainings and other community events.

Click below for a complete list of our support groups, trainings and community functions.

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Create an Impact

Thank you for considering making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many by making a donation today! Over the past two years, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the demand for mental health services. 1 in 3 people who are diagnosed with Covid-19 are also diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression or insomnia within 3 months. That’s why we need your help. Without the generosity of people like you, we would not be able to continue to raise awareness, provide free resources referrals and services and break the stigma about mental health conditions and treatment.  Your tax-deductible gift is appreciated, and crucial to the success of our mission and the mental health wellness of our community. 


Save the Date for next year’s Legacy of Champions Luncheon

Next year’s Legacy of Champions Luncheon will be taking place on May 25, 2022 at the Rosen Centre Orlando. The Luncheon serves as an opportunity for leaders in Central Florida’s government, healthcare, business and other communities to come together to honor community members who have truly made a difference in the mental health space.

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Welcome to our newest board member, Ariel Cavazos!

We are excited to welcome Ariel Cavazos, Associate at Nelson Mullins to our board! Cavazos brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only in the legal field, but also in marketing and beyond. We look forward to her contributions to our mission and growing our organization so we can continue to serve more people, every year.

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Lifeguards are not just for the pool or beach

Did you know that suicide rates among children and teens. Over the past 10 years, has shown a nearly 51% increase with more recent developments, related to the pandemic over the past 16 months, showing evidence that COVID-19 is having profound mental health consequences for many people, particularly young people.

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