Mental Health Awareness and Community Resources

Originated by Mental Health America, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States since 1949. Each May, communities and organizations come together to promote awareness through vital resources, education, and advocacy. 

When we do this, we fight to reduce the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues and highlight the ways mental illness and addiction can affect society.

Did you know one in five adults in the United States experience mental illness? Less than half of those adults receive treatment. 

This issue also reaches our youth population. One in three students experience poor mental health – one in ten students have attempted suicide. 

How We Can Help

As part of our City's mission to provide superior municipal services to our residents, we aim to address the well-being of our residents with the assistance of our Maryland Heights Social Services Coordinator Ericka Jones. Ericka helps provide our residents with a Mental Health resource packet of information on local counseling services, national crisis lines, inpatient mental health facilities, and more. 
In addition to these resources, the National Alliance of Mental Health, NAMI St. Louis, is an organization of families, friends, and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, they advocate for better lives for individuals with mental illness.

On May 11, 2024, NAMI St. Louis will host a NAMIWalks fundraising event at Creve Coeur Lake. Their goal is to raise a total of $230,000 towards NAMI's mission to provide education, advocacy, and support essential to the recovery, resilience, and well-being of all who have mental health needs. More information on NAMI St. Louis and this event can be found at

Other Community Resources

To address and assist with other needs in our community, Ericka has also provided updates to over a dozen resources packets in focus areas, such as:
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Food Insecurity
  • Pregnancy
  • Substance Misuse
  • Veteran Support

Each packet contains an list of resources available in the Greater St. Louis area, primarily focused on those in close proximity to Maryland Heights. To access these resource packets, please visit

Need further assistance or have questions? Contact Ericka by email at or by phone at (314) 738-2233.

*Disclaimer: The City of Maryland Heights does not claim responsibility for the services provided by the listed organizations, nor do the inclusions of these organizations serve as an endorsement of their services over those of any potential competitors. These resource packets are non-comprehensive and merely intended as an informative tool and starting point for those seeking assistance over crucial issues in their life. 

NAMI Walks
Saturday, May 11
9:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Creve Coeur Lake
Tremayne Shelter - 1
3725 Marine Ave.,
Maryland Heights, MO 63146