Pandemic Intensifies Growing Mental Health Crisis for Teens as National Suicide Prevention Month Begins

According to a just released study by Mental Health America 54% of 11–17-year-olds reported frequent suicidal thoughts or self-harm in the previous two weeks, the highest rate since screening began in 2014. As the oldest community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all the Mental Health Association of Central Florida ( is intensifying its recently launched You Are A Lifeguard suicide awareness campaign as a key part of its participation in National Suicide Prevention Month beginning September 1st.

Bring some cheer to individuals in behavioral health hospitals

Every year, the Mental Health Association of Central Florida puts together care packages to bring to individuals in behavioral health facilities over the holidays. This year, we’re celebrating Winter in July by starting collections early to bring care packages to as many people as we can. You can help by starting a fundraiser or collection box in your community or organization, volunteering to help pack the care packages or making a gift.

We’ve been recognized as an Orlando Business Journal Diversity in Business Awards Honoree!

The Orlando Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Award serves to recognize Central Florida organizations who have gone above and beyond in embracing inclusion and equality across all areas of diversity. That includes age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion. We have always made an effort to represent and serve our diverse community and are proud to have been recognized as a leader in this space.

The 988 Helpline goes live July 16th

The 988 Helpline, the new 3 digit dialing code that connects callers nationwide with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline goes live July 16th. A properly funded 988 Helpline would make a big difference for those in Crisis. Call your state legislators to show your support for 988 funding today!