Who we are

Mental Health America of Great Falls is a broad-based group of community members and healthcare professionals who strive to promote mental health. We are one of nearly 300 affiliates nationwide have been an all volunteer participation education and advocacy organization in Great Falls since 1974. We are deeply committed to promoting mental health for everyone by providing programs and materials designed to be educational and supportive.

Our Mission

The mission of Mental Health America of Great Falls is to promote mental wellness and to improve the lives of persons living with mental illness and addiction through advocacy, education and service.

Our Vision

Mental Health America of Great Falls believes that mental health is fundamental to the quality of every human life. We envision a just, humane, and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect and dignity.

Advocacy and Membership

MHAGF is a dedicated group of volunteers who join together to campaign for mental health. . If you are interested in joining us please fill out an application and someone will get back to you. To fulfill our mission, we rely entirely on financial contributions and supportive donations. We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

What We Do

  • Sponsor the Legislative Breakfast and defend legislation that supports mental wellness for all adults and children.
  • We distribute approximately 1,500 pieces of literature yearly.
  • We present an Virginia Blend award to a community member or association for outstanding service in the area of mental health.(click here for an online submission form)
  • Support the Eating Disorder Task Force of Great Falls as an outreach program.
  • This Task Force offers a free support group for those who struggle with emotional eating.
  • Promote mental health education and awareness through community presentations and promotions.
  • We sponsored eight major northwest regional conferences in the past 15 years and we continue to provide educational opportunities to consumers, providers and community members.

Virginia Blend Award

The Virginia Blend Award for outstanding service in the area of mental health has been awarded by Mental Health America of Great Falls since 1980. This award is named after Virginia Blend, founding member and was named 1970 Great Falls, Woman of the Year for her lifetime of volunteer services and mental health advocacy. This award is presented to community members and organizations that have shown exemplary work in educating or advocating for mental health or outstanding work in the treatment of persons who struggle with mental illness.
If you know a person or organization that deserves this award click here for an online submission form. Deadline is January 1st of each year.

Legislative Breakfast

MHAGF sponsors a legislative breakfast shortly following the elections to raise awareness of current mental health issues among the new and returning legislators and elected officials.

Outreach Program, Eating Disorder Task Force of Great Falls

The Eating Disorder Task Force was organized in 1998 after MHAGF’s Northwest Regional Conference on Eating Disorders. The Task Force is made up of all volunteer medical, mental health and dietetic professional whose mission is the prevention and intervention of eating disorders. An active organization we offer speakers, support groups, and in-service programs. We support one another in the difficult task of treating this population. The Eating Disorder Task Force is your local link to help and support in our community. We are an inclusive organization and welcome new members. For more information contact us at edtaskforce@mahgf.org
For more complete and comprehensive information on eating disorders visit our resource page here,

MHA History

Mental Health America was founded in 1909, by Clifford W. Beers, a young businessman who struggled with a mental illness and shared his story in his autobiography “A Mind That Found Itself.” He created a national citizens’ group called the National Committee for Mental Hygiene to promote mental health and improve conditions for children and adults living with these health problems. The Mental Health America name represents how critical mental health is to the overall health and well-being of every American.

The bell image in our logo is a graphic representation of an actual 300-pound bell. During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained people who had mental illnesses with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped. In the early 1950s, Mental Health America issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1956, at the McShane Bell Foundry. in Baltimore, MD., Mental Health America melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: the Mental Health Bell. It serves as a reminder of our past, the progress, and is a powerful symbol of our vital mission to help all Americans live healthy and productive lives. This bell resides at the national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

—Inscription on Mental Health Bell

"Cast from the shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and the victory over mental illness".