Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots advocacy and achievement. With over 200 affiliates in 41 states, 6,500 affiliate staff and over 10,000 volunteers, we are a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.
MHA’s Clifford W. Beers Award will be presented to mental health advocate Jennifer Marshall. The Clifford W. Beers Award is presented annually to an individual with the lived experience of mental illness who best reflects the example set by MHA founder Clifford W. Beers in his or her efforts to improve conditions for and attitudes toward people living with mental health conditions.
Jennifer is the co-founder and Executive Director of This Is My Brave.
Jenn, who lives with bipolar disorder, created the organization after learning first-hand how powerful and therapeutic it was to live openly and not hide her diagnosis. She wanted to give individuals from the community a platform through which to creatively share their stories of living with mental illness to educate and inspire others.