Our History


Mental Health Association of Monmouth County an affiliate of Mental Health America is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. Mental Health Association of Monmouth County along with our affiliates the national organization Mental Health America and the Mental Health Association of New Jersey represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well being of the nation-every day and in times of crisis.

Mental Health Association was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. During his stays in public and private institutions, Beers witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. From these experiences, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape as Mental Health America.

Our work has resulted in positive change. We have educated millions about mental illnesses and reduced barriers to treatment and services. As a result of Mental Health America’s efforts, many Americans with mental illness have sought care and now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities.

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