About

Regardless of race, religion, age or occupation, one in two people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The Mental Health Association is a not-for-profit organization that offers many services that help people as they recover from mental illness or strive to maintain mental wellness. For over 80 years, we have promoted mental wellness in our community through educational programming, referral to needed services and individualized support and assistance to those in greater need.

Our Mission

The Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County, Inc. promotes mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent programs and services.

Our Vision

The Mental Health Association envisions a time when the stigma of mental illness will be eliminated and all residents of our community will have access to a full continuum of high quality, easily accessible, and culturally competent mental health services, regardless of ability to pay.

Our Values

We believe that mental health is something that affects us all – that achieving mental wellness requires work, and that over time, everyone moves between different points along the continuum of mental wellness.

We believe that all people have strengths and that each individual is ultimately his/her best advocate in preparing for lasting mental wellness.  Therefore, all of our programs focus on increasing each person’s ability to take care of him/herself as they move back and forth along the continuum of mental wellness.  We want people to leave the Mental Health Association knowing how to recognize when they need help and the know-how to follow the steps to get it.

We believe that people who have experienced mental illness are uniquely qualified to assist those struggling with mental health issues.  Therefore, many of our employees and volunteers have experienced mental illness at some point in their lives.  Our programs seek to facilitate relationships between people with common experiences so that they can be supportive of each other.

We believe that mental illness is an illness, like any other.  Our programs work to overcome that stigma that often accompanies mental illness and seek to recognize mental illness as something that is common and treatable.

We believe in the importance of accurate information in seeking lasting mental health.  Our agency publishes several reference manuals that contain practical current information about mental health services available in our community.  Our agency seeks to keep abreast of trends in the mental health field and to serve as a clearinghouse of information for people looking for answers to mental health related questions.

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