The MWAA is a state-wide non-profit corporation established June 2012 which focuses on education for prevention, early intervention, scientific research and cures of mental health problems.
What is Mental Wellness?
According to the World Health Organization, mental wellness is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
We promote mental wellness by giving our community the tools to recognize and intervene in mental health problems in themselves, their friends, their family, and others.
We offer Four (4) programs to positively affect our vision and mission:
Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. MHFA teaches you signs of addictions and mental illnesses; impact of mental and substance abuse disorders; 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help; and local resources where to turn for help.
Mental Wellness Presentations: Members of the Board make public presentations on mental wellness issues. They may last from 10 minutes to several hours.
Mental Wellness Research Information: Everyday better treatment modalities and wellness initiatives are being discovered. The MWAA disseminates the newest research information at public events, via electronic social networking sites, the internet, and phone and at various health fairs, etc.
Mental Health Advance Directives: MHADs allows someone to make their choices known regarding mental health treatment in the event a mental illness strikes and prevents their ability to make decisions. Everyone should have a Mental Health Advance Directive on file with their physician.
To learn more about our programs, check out our Program Page.
Our VisionWe envision a world that through public education values prevention, early intervention, scientific research, and cures of mental health problems for the holistic health of the individual and society.
Our MissionWe are building healthier lives free of mental health problems through educational outreach.
A Healthier Mind is a Happier LifeDid you Know? You are more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined.
President – Susan Boyle, B.A.
Vice-President – John Bart, D.O.
Secretary/Treasurer – Diane Acri, J.D.
Ellie Alphin, B.A.
Lisa Barnes, M.S.W.
Jim Burgess, M.Ed.
Thomas P. Gannon, J.D.
Elizabeth Kostelnik, M.S. M.B.A
Alyce Spector, B.S. ED
Amy Whitworth, M.A.
Executive Director – Sharon Engdahl, B.So. Sc.
Assist to the Exec. Director – Alexa Moody, A.A.
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