Our mission is to improve the lives of persons living with mental health challenges by advocating for improved public policy, educating health service providers, and connecting individuals to the right help at the right time.  
Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA MidSouth) was founded in 1946 by Vanderbilt psychiatrist, Frank Luton, M.D., with underwriting provided by the Junior League of Nashville. The core of the organization was a helpline and community resources, which remain a constant today.

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Mental Health America of the MidSouth
446 Metroplex Dr, Suite A-224
Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: 615-269-5355
Fax: 615-269-5413

Public Health Education Manager
Sarah Weyhmuller

   The Mental Health Bell: A Symbol Of Hope

"Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness."Inscription on Mental Health Bell

During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained people who had mental illnesses with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped.

In the early 1950s, Mental Health America issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1953, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Md., Mental Health America melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: the Mental Health Bell.

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