We are guided by our vision that mental wellbeing – including recovery from substance use – is a reality for everyone, everywhere.
We are the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, a 501(c)(3) association and the unifying voice of organizations that deliver mental health and substance use services in America.
Who We Are
Founded in 1969, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of over 3,100 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. We advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services. We build the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations. And we promote greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and health care. Through our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, we have trained more than 2.6 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
What We Do
We are fighting for a stronger, better-funded, more integrated approach to mental health and substance use care by advocating for life-saving legislation, strengthening the substance use and mental health safety-net system, investing in provider capacity and increasing
mental health literacy.
We are more than a nonprofit. We are a thought leader, solutions provider and leading voice on Capitol Hill with a 53-year history of driving policy and social change.
Leadership & Experts
Our team delivers year-long learning in the form of thought leadership, events and evidence-based guidance.Read more
Each year we report out on efforts to advance our mission. Find our latest annual reports here and see what impact was made.Read more
Find Your Next Employment Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment.Read more
Transparency and Accountability
To provide transparency, The National Council is committed to sharing several important resources.
2021 Annual Report: Helping Communities and Generations Thrive
In 2021, we moved the field forward by turning obstacles into opportunities. Learn more by reading our annual report!Read more