Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA)

Advocacy, Education, Prevention
3701 Latrobe Drive, Suite 140, Charlotte NC 28211
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Our Mission Statement & Core Values

Our mission is to provide help, offer hope, and promote mental wellness through advocacy, education and prevention.Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA) provides mental health programs in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Our programs seek to raise awareness, provide support, and end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Our History & Background

Founded in 1933, Mental Health America (MHA) of Central Carolinas has been the voice of hope for those impacted by mental health concerns in the greater Charlotte area for 90 years.

MHA provides family support services to parents of children with behavioral, emotional or mental health needs; support for adults living with chronic mental illnesses to reduce isolation and loneliness; free counseling for unisured or underinsured children and adults; and mental health education and preventative trainings to the broader community. MHA’s programs bring together mental health consumers, parents, advocates and service providers to address systemic issues impacting mental health.


MHA’s new Executive Director Ayo Johnson
Compeer friendship match designed to reduce isolation and improve health outcomes and self-esteem.

Our Current Projects & Mental Health Initiatives

MHA’s programs focus on prevention, education, and advocacy. Our work is guided by the B4Stage4 philosophy, the premise that just like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or other physical conditions, early diagnosis and treatment is key to improving mental health and recovery. Youth mental health continues to be a focus in 2024 and MHA is forming its first Youth Advisory Council to amplify youth voices.

QPR Suicide Prevention training with Queens University students
Staff in MHA Counseling Center: Where Mental Health Matters