• Empowering
    Families

  • Supporting
    Parents

  • Building
    Trust

  • Promoting
    Education

  • Nurturing
    Relationships

  • Providing
    Compassion

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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. 

 

 

MHALC Receives Grant to Impact Infant Mortality

Mental Health America of Lake County has been awarded a competitive grant by the Indiana State Department of Health for its Best Beginnings project designed to influence the factors that contribute to infant mortality in Lake County. Indiana’s mortality rate is one of the worst in the nation; a Hoosier infant dies every 13 minutes. And Lake County’s rate is higher than the state.

 

MHALC’s award will target vulnerable pregnant and parenting teens and women in Lake County. The project focuses on expansion and enhancement of MHALC’s Infant Safe Sleep program and our existing home visiting programs Parents As Teachers and Empowering Teens As Parents. Studies conclude that infants whose families were not enrolled in home visiting were more than twice as likely to die in infancy compared with enrolled families. The grant also provides for the initiation of new strategies including evidence-based Baby & Me Tobacco Free and a new breastfeeding collaboration with local hospitals.

 

MHALC was selected for its work in prevention focusing on families with children ages 0-5 and assessing the mental health of pregnant and parenting women through routine screening for depression that may inhibit the ability to respond appropriately to the child’s physical, emotional, and social needs.

 

 

 

Recent News

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

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Press Release: MHA of Lake County Recognized as Empowering Business of the Year

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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