Established in 1908, Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve mental health for all Connecticut residents.
For more than 100 years, MHC has worked to improve mental health services, promote recovery for people with mental health conditions, educate the community about the importance of mental wellness, and combat discrimination resulting from a mental health diagnosis. Through advocacy, education, and service, MHC empowers people to promote mental wellness, instigate meaningful systems change, and engage in mental health recovery.
MHC strives to expand the breadth of and access to community-based services at the federal and state levels enabling people with mental health conditions to engage with the types of services they need when they need them. MHC also advocates on behalf of people with mental health conditions to ensure they are provided the same rights as people without mental health conditions and that they are not discriminated against as a result of their mental health diagnosis.
MHC is committed to educating people about mental health and wellness through community forums, workshops, materials and events. MHC believes our communities will attain whole health through information, tools and skill-building that promote understanding, acceptance, and hope.
MHC serves more than 3,200 people annually through residential services, case management, supported and transitional employment, supported education, psychosocial rehabilitation, and peer support services. Furthermore, MHC offers services and supports for adults who are deaf and have a mental condition as well as transition-age youth. MHC offers programs and services in Bridgeport, Danbury, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and West Hartford.
MHC’s treatment programs are accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). Accreditation is the result of rigorous reviews and certifies that MHC conforms to nationally and internationally recognized service standards focused on quality and effectiveness.
MHC is the result of the vision of Clifford W. Beers (right). In the early 1900s, Beers was experiencing symptoms of what today may be diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder. After attempting to commit suicide, Beers was subjected to ineffective treatments and cruel conditions in Connecticut’s mental health institutions during three years of hospitalizations. Upon achieving recovery, Beers vowed to make a difference in the mental health system and set out on the task of reform. His autobiography, A Mind That Found Itself, chronicled the harsh and unscientific treatments he had endured and his journey back to health.
On page one, Beers writes: “I am not telling the story of my life just to write a book. I tell it because it seems my plain duty to do so. A narrow escape from death and a seemingly miraculous return to health after an apparently fatal illness are enough to make a man ask himself: for what purpose was my life spared? That question I have asked myself, and this book is, in part, an answer.” At his death in 1943, his book had been reprinted 25 times and was read around the world.
In conjunction with the first publication of his book in 1908, Beers launched the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene from his home in New Haven, Connecticut. The organization is now Mental Health Connecticut and is based in West Hartford, Connecticut.
As a result of Beers’ passion and persuasion, the National Society for Mental Hygiene was formed in 1909, which is today known as Mental Health America and is Mental Health Connecticut’s national office. MHC works every day to realize Beers’ vision to improve the mental health service system, increase understanding of mental health and wellness, and promote recovery for people with mental health conditions.
We would like to thank everyone who supports Mental Health Connecticut. Without your generosity, we would not have been able to assist our clients in their recovery, advocate at the state and national levels for mental health equity in our health care laws, and provide information and referrals to the thousands of people who call us seeking help. We are truly grateful for your support.
Our administrative office is located at 61 South Main Street, Suite 100 in West Hartford, CT.
board of directors
Each individual member of our Board of Directors plays an important part in helping Mental Health Connecticut fulfill its mission and safeguard its growth for the future. The Board is responsible for defining the organization’s mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction.