MHAST is a private non-profit organization founded in 1927 and is the oldest continuously operating Mental Health Association in New York State. MHAST is a United Way agency and an affiliate of the National and New York State Mental Health Associations and we are one of 300 Mental Health Associations nationwide.
Our organization is devoted to enhancing the lives of ALL community residents by improving their mental health and wellness. Our goals are achieved through advocacy services, educational presentations, prevention programs, information, and resource referrals. The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc. helps unite recipients of mental health services and their families with mental health professionals, service providers and advocates to create collaborations, generate action, and combat the devastating stigma of mental illness.
Our mission is to enhance the lives of all residents in our community by improving the quality of mental health and wellness through advocacy, education, and support.
- Mental illness affects 1 in 4 American families each year.
- An estimated 27 million adults and 7.5 million children and adolescents in our nation have been diagnosed with a mental illness, outnumbering those with cancer, heart and lung disease combined.
- Despite an encouraging rate of success in treating those with mental illnesses, only one in five people who need services actually seek professional help. They lack information to help them recognize and understand the signs and symptoms of mental illness and are unaware and confused about available treatment.