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We are committed to increasing the public’s access to science-based mental health information.


Anxiety Disorders

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness)

Borderline Personality Disorder

Child & Adolescent Mental Health


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Eating Disorders

HIV/AIDS and Mental Health

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)



Seasonal Affective Disorder

Substance Use and Mental Health

Suicide Prevention

Traumatic Events

It is not the intention of Mental Health America of Illinois to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal questions.

We bring you information from trusted sources like the National Institute of Mental Health and Mental Health America.

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MHA Screening: A Local Approach In Cook County, Illinois

With support from Lundbeck US, MHA and MHA Illinois worked together to explore a local approach for using MHA Screening data to improve policy decisions and get people help where they need it the most.

This report was developed to provide community-level findings from MHA Screening data from 2020-2022 in Cook County, Illinois and discuss potential policy and programming opportunities to address mental health needs locally and at the state-level. Based on these findings, this report provides recommendations for investment in three areas:

  • Strengthening services for youth and young adults

  • Implementation of crisis services and 988 funding

  • Mental health workforce development and training

Download report from Mental Health America

Community Education Programs

We are committed to increasing the public’s access to science-based mental health information.


MHAI introduced a new initiative in 2010, 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 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) . The goal of MHEP is to provide mental health and other social service providers with the most up-to-date information and tools to successfully work with their clients, as well as to empower consumers to live successful and productive lives. 



  • A series of educational presentations/trainings throughout the Chicagoland area and virtual

  • Presentation topics range from addictions to smoking cessation, bullying to social emotional literacy, and other current mental health topics.

  • Provides specialized training for professionals to empower clients with mental illnesses in their efforts to quit smoking

  • Aims to reduce tobacco-related illnesses and deaths in persons with mental illnesses through comprehensive education and tools for professionals who treat and work with them.


WHO BENEFITS from participation in the MHEP?


  • Social Service Providers

  • Mental Health Providers - Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Case Managers

  • Other healthcare providers

  • Consumers of mental health services

  • Parents and other caregivers




• Best practices from experts in the field on a variety of specialty topics

• An opportunity to network with other colleagues and share experiences

• Free continuing education units (CEUs) on a wide range of current topics in the mental health field

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