Welcome to Mental Health America of Illinois

For more than 100 years, Mental Health America of Illinois has been the leading non-profit, non-governmental, statewide organization in Illinois concerned with the entire spectrum of mental and emotional disorders.

MHAI is dedicated to promoting mental health, working for the prevention of mental illness and improving care and treatment for persons suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

A New Era Begins…

April 14, 2014 – Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) is pleased to welcome Mary Ruth Coffey, MBA, JD, as our new Executive Director.  Mary Ruth is a lifelong Chicagoan and has 16 years experience leading human services and arts organizations in the metropolitan Chicago area.  She most recently served as the Executive Director of House of the Good Shepherd, a residential healing and economic empowerment program for women and children survivors of domestic violence. Throughout her years of serving individuals and families struggling with trauma, violence, homelessness, poverty, lack of livable wages and health concerns, Mary Ruth has been an advocate for continuously learning how we, as a community, together create innovative models and services that lead to the health and realization of the full potential of all of our community members.  It is in the light of this vision that Mary Ruth is  excited now to sustain and grow the critical mission of MHAI and its service, education and advocacy work.

MHAI Public Service Announcement - It Only Takes One


Mental Health Empowerment Project

MHAI is excited to introduce its newest initiative, the Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP). MHEP expands MHAI’s public education efforts and connects the community with learning and networking opportunities, including the availability of free CEUs . The goal of MHEP is to provide mental health providers with the most up-to-date information and tools to successfully treat their clients, as well as to empower consumers to live successful and productive lives.

To learn more about the Mental Health Empowerment Project, please click here.