Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, in Ithaca, The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is committed to developing and supporting the active involvement of ordinary people (including providers, family members and recipients of mental health services) in all aspects of mental health. These include the definition of needs, the promotion of community, and the provision of services. We also support the human and civil rights of people who use mental health services, and will educate the community on all perspectives concerning mental health and mental health disabilities.

Our services are available to those who live or work in Tompkins County. We have limited services available in Seneca, Schuyler and Yates Counties in Central New York. We are always happy to respond to email inquiries in English, regardless of place of origin, if we can be of service.

A United Way agency, The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is a chapter of the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS). MHANYS is an affiliate of Mental Health America (MHA), formerly the National Mental Health Association (NMHA).

Glenn Liebman, CEO for the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS), talks about mental health and the role of MHANYS and its affiliate networks.
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MHANYS and its affiliate network work to promote mental health and recovery, encourage empowerment in mental health service recipients, eliminate discrimination, raise public awareness with education, and advocate for equality and opportunity for all.

APRIL 2014

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County offers a Saturday Kids Recreation program and Parent Support Group. Both groups will meet at 1pm at the YMCA. Please call Tomas at 607 273-9250 to register your child(ren).

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County (MHATC) invites you to join us in celebrating the publication of the latest issue of the literary magazine States of Mind at our first-ever release party!  The Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night; States of Mind Release Party will include free food and drink, readings by the authors, an art show displaying work from the contributing artists, and live music.  There will also be free copies of the magazine available and information about our upcoming issue. As part of April’s Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night, the release party will take place at the Art & Found, located conveniently at 171 E. States St. on the Commons.  The event goes from 5 to 8pm. For more information please contact Emily Nowels at enowels@mhaedu.org or (607) 273-9250.

“The Legal Process of Separation and Divorce” with Charles Guttman, Esq., Guttman & Wallace. Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. to noon at Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca. This seminar for women presented by The Finger Lakes Women in Transition (Navigating Separation and Divorce) and the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, will provide an overview exploring legal paths to divorce. This seminar is a tremendous opportunity for women who are contemplating such a life change and/or anywhere in the divorce process to receive general legal information on separation/divorce from an experienced family law attorney. Refreshments served.  Free, no pre-registration required—safe/confidential environment. For more information please phone 275-3675.

Invisible Disability Support Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 1:30-3:00pm at Finger Lakes Independence Center.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)will host two support meetings this month. Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00pm and Thursday, April 17 at 1:30pm. All members of NAMI-FL have relatives diagnosed with major mental illnesses, and we know the heartache and stress you are going through. We’ve found that simply talking about the situation is a great emotional release. Groups are located at 430 West State Street. Call Susan Larkin at 539-7299 for more information.

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is offering Safety Training for Human Service Workers, free of charge, to our community. The goal of this training is to support community based services for people with mental illness by helping mental health and human service workers to be safe and feel secure. Attendees will develop and strengthen a commitment to the value of safety and create daily routines to support this. The training will run from 9 – 5 on Thursday April 17 with a 1-hour lunch break on your own. Please call us at 273-9250 for more information or to register.