Member Spotlight: Mental Health America of Westmoreland County

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Mental Health America of Westmoreland County

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental disorder at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization. Mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill health. Suicide is a leading cause of death for young people. May is Mental Health Month and designed to bring greater awareness to mental health. 

Mental Health America of Westmoreland County (MHAWC) has worked for over 50 years to transform lives by promoting mental health, wellness and recovery through programs, education and advocacy. Some programs offered include: The Step-Up Drop-in Center which offers its members the positive peer support they need throughout their wellness journey. The Representative Payee Program provides services to mental health consumers who have had difficulty with managing their own finances. Advocacy programs assist individuals and families of children experiencing emotional disturbances or developmental disabilities, in understanding and accessing local services. Educational programs are offered to the community regarding mental health issues and mental illness. Health Care Navigators assist individuals in understanding what healthcare is available under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. 

The agency also has a strong advocacy component which works towards proper funding and improved service delivery for mental health services.  MHAWC offers Support Groups to provide unique and informal opportunities for self-help. All programs are provided to individuals and families free of charge through program funding as well as donations, grants and sponsorships.

MHAWC’s signature dinner event, Innovations, raises needed funds to provide education and support, and celebrates visionaries in promoting mental wellness with a dinner, silent auction, and an award ceremony. It will be held this year on May 4th, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Greensburg. For information on how you can support MHAWC efforts through this event, visit www.mhawc.org or call 724-834-6351 ext. 119, and please join us!