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.

Become an MHACF Guardian Advocate

Our Guardian Advocate Program trains individuals to serve as temporary surrogate decision makers for involuntarily hospitalized clients, under the Florida Baker Act, who have no family members to act on their behalf. When a community member is involuntarily hospitalized, this is often one of the most difficult times in their lives. By becoming a Guardian Advocate, you are able to be their to guide and help them back to recovery in their time of need.

Meet Henry Winkler at the Legacy of Champions Luncheon 2023

RESERVE YOUR SEATS TODAY! May 17th is our Legacy of Champions Luncheon at the Rosen Plaza, featuring Emmy Award-winning actor, author, director & producer Henry Winkler as the Keynote Speaker!
Every year, the Legacy of Champions Luncheon brings our community together to celebrate those who have gone to incredible lengths to support our community’s mental health.
Tickets and sponsorships are available now!