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Transforming our community through proven programs that educate, empower, and strengthen the way families function for life.

Empowering Families through Prevention and Education

Mental Health America of Lake County is a nonprofit agency providing a range of services to families and children designed to prevent crises and enhance family functioning. The many programs of MHA are based in prevention and result in empowerment of individuals served.

Our organization stands as one of the premier prevention agencies in Lake County providing evidence-based, culturally-appropriate home-, center-, and school-based parent education services for families. We are grounded in a strength-based philosophy that believes all individuals have strengths and resources for their own empowerment.

Mental Health America of Lake County also provides advocacy, education, information, and referral services to all families, related to mental well-being. We are a proud supporter of #B4stage4 campaign which calls attention to the importance addressing mental health symptoms early.

Save the Date to Celebrate 60 years of MHALC

On Monday, December 4, the Patrician Banquet Center in Schererville will be alive with excitement when the best of the best Chefs come together to prepare an evening of gourmet wings to help raise awareness and funds for the vulnerable families and babies of Lake County. Guests will have an opportunity to bid silently on unique items while tasting distinctive “craft” wings set to the background of your favorite 80s and 90s rock songs performed by a local band. Restaurant participation, sponsorship, and silent auction donation opportunities are available. Click on the logo to download information. Direct questions to Victor at vgarcia@mhalakecounty.org.

MHA of Lake County Welcomes National MHA President to the Region

More than 100 people attended a gathering of business and medical professionals, as well as social service agencies to hear from Mental Health America’s national President & CEO Paul Gionfriddo at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster. The event celebrated national Mental Health Awareness Month and is one of many activities this year celebrating Mental Health America of Lake County’s 60 years of service to the community.

“Indiana ranks 45th out of the 51 states and District of Columbia in terms of overall well-being and access to care,” said Renae Vania Tomczak, President & CEO of Mental Health America of Lake County. “Our goal in to create awareness and understanding of how emotional well-being impacts every fiber of our everyday lives, as well as highlighting the important role prevention plays, and the need for consideration when determining public policy.”

Keynote Speaker Paul Gionfriddo highlighted MHA’s message of the organization’s B4Stage4 philosophy, focused on prevention and early intervention by acting when symptoms first appear, the same way we react when symptoms of physical ailments present.

“When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early—and provide effective treatment Before Stage 4,” said Gionfriddo. Gionfriddo also shared his family’s personal story chronicled in his book “Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia.

Recent News

Press Release: MHALC receives financial support from local philanthropic organizations

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Press Release: MHA of Lake County Moves Agency Headquarters to Hammond

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What People are Saying

“She asks me questions to help work through some difficult decisions. She never tells me what I should do, but asks questions that cause me to think things out. This is really helpful when I’m struggling with what to do.”

– Healthy Families Client Survey, 2014

“I love the program. It helps me better myself as a mother. I am so glad to have gotten the chance to be in this program.”

– Empowering Teens as Parents Client Survey, 2015

“It is amazing to watch how much my child develops over the time with Parents as Teacher. The program has taught me different and more effective ways to help my child learn.”

– Parents as Teachers Client Survey, 2015

“Even as a pediatric RN, I have learned a lot and my child has grown and benefited as a result, too.”

– Parents as Teachers Client Survey, 2015

“I have more confidence in choosing the right activities for my children to help them learn and grow.”

– Parents as Teachers Client Survey, 2015

“I love this program and my support specialist is awesome! She gives me advice for my kids and life and she is very helpful. I feel very comfortable talking to her.”

– Healthy Families Client Survey, 2013