The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has designated MAMH as the Massachusetts Partner under its Outreach Partnership Program. This allows us to provide individuals and organizations science based information about mental illnesses and treatment. If you or your organization in interested in receiving materials or information about mental illness, whether in general or about a specific illness or phobia, contact us at 617-742-7452 or email Tim O'Leary.
Stigma & Educational Outreach: MAMH believes the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding mental illnesses can only be reduced through educational initiates designed to inform the general public or specific segments such as the business community, schools, or media, about mental illnesses and the effectiveness of treatment. Examples of educational outreach activities by MAMH, in collaboration with others, include:
Massachusetts First Lady Diane B. Patrick's speaks about her own battle with depression (shown at the Cape Cod Town Meeting on Depression).
- MAMH, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and others collaborated to produce a day-long town meeting on suicide and depression. The program included a video produced by MAMH in which Massachusetts First Lady Diane B. Patrick spoke about her own personal battles with depression and urged treatment, acceptance and support for children, adolescents, adults and seniors with mental illnesses or emotional disorders.
- MAMH, in collaboration with the Mental Health Legislative Caucus and others, periodically sponsors educational forums on mental illness and related issues at the State House.
- MAMH along with the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health and Public Health, and a statewide network of community based providers, advocates, clinics and other stakeholders have been engaged in a project to increase awareness about post-partum depression, as well as for the development of outreach strategies and an innovative, community-based best practice model of care to improve mental health services for pregnant and parenting women and their infants up to one year of age with a focus on the mother-infant dyad.
- The Boston Foundation provided funding to MAMH for an educational and advocacy outreach project centered on developing a consensus policy statement, including principles, protocols and procedures, to ensure reasonable access to medications used in the treatment of mental illness. The project included publication of a research policy paper, Medications and Mental Illnesses: Preserving access and meeting the needs of patients, clinicians and taxpayers.
- MAMH collaborates with the Metro Boston Area office of the Department of Mental Health to do educational outreach to the minority communities of Boston. The Metro Boston service area of DMH is the most diverse in the Commonwealth. More than 25 languages are spoken, 40% are members of an ethnic and cultural minority group, and more than forty nationalities are represented. African-Americans are the largest group at 32%.
- MAMH collaborates with Charlestown Against Drugs (CHAD) a coalition of volunteer Charlestown residents and professionals, to develop and schedule a series of forums/seminars designed for youngsters and their parents on drug and substance abuse avoidance, including the presentation of current data on early adoption of health risk behaviors in elementary and middle school children, the relationship between stress, violence and drug abuse.
- On request, MAMH conducts educational outreach to high schools in Boston and across the Commonwealth on topics ranging from suicide, avoidance of health risk behaviors, mental illnesses and emotional disorders. In addition, MAMH collaborates with the Department of Mental Health on other educational initiatives to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.