Who We Are

The MWAA is a non-profit corporation established June 2012, which focuses on prevention and early intervention of mental health issues. There are no paid staff and Board members are volunteers. The MWAA has four (4) programs to positively affect their vision and mission. All money derived from the programs is used to train more board members and others as Mental Health First Aid Trainers.

Learn more about the MWAA's accomplishments.

CBS 21's Making A Difference: Mental Health and Wellness

WHP, CBS 21 News, brings you the stories of Central Pennsylvania residents making a difference in their communities.

Our Vision

We envision a world that through public education values prevention and early intervention of mental health issues for the holistic health of the individual and society.

Our Mission

We are building healthier lives free of mental health issues through educational outreach.

A Healthy Mind is a Healthier Life

Did 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.

The Board

President – Sharon Engdahl, B.So. Sc.
Vice-President – Berney Ortiz, Jr., B.A. ,M.A.
Secretary/Treasurer – Diane Acri, J.D.
Ellie Alphin, B.A.
Susan Boyle, B.A.
Thomas P. Gannon, J.D.
Karen R. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Marianne Loney, B.S., M.A.
Alyce Spector, B.S. ED
Walter B. Watkin, Jr., M.D.
Juliana Zanetti B.S.

Quest For The Cure: Scientific Breakthroughs in Treating Mental Illness

National Institute of Mental Health Director Tom Insel changes minds — or should we say, changes brains — about the science of mental health. He has never been satisfied with treatments that help individuals get "better but not well." His tenure at NIMH is marked by groundbreaking findings in the areas of practical clinical trials, autism research, and the role of genetics in mental illness. Insel shares the results of cutting-edge research that supports early identification and prevention of major mental disorders, from autism to schizophrenia, as well as substance use disorders.

Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch

Did you know that the International Bipolar Foundation developed the first Mental Health Awareness Patch for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America?

image courtesy of http://ibpf.org

With the increase in youth bullying, suicide and drug use, Girl Scouts are actively fighting to create change. Through a program to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness, Girl Scouts can earn the Mental Health Awareness Patch for playing a positive role in their communities.
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