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Mental Health Matters Day

A tradition for nearly three decades. Across New York State, advocates visit Albany to learn about mental health policy and engage legislators. 

Visit our Legislative Action Community (LAC) to learn about the issues and take action.


Thank you to everyone who attended Mental Health Matters Day 2024!



Senator Samra Brouk

Assemblymember Aileen Gunther

Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy

New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Ann Sullivan

New York State Education Department Commissioner Betty A. Rosa

New York State Education Department Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy Jeffrey Matteson

Patrick Wildes, Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Human Services & Mental Hygiene


Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Siena College

SUNY Albany

School Groups

Cairo-Durham MS/HS

Catskill High School

Cohen Strong Mental Health: Northwell Health Community Program for High-School Students

Greenville Central School District 

Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School

Pelham Together / Pelham Memorial High School

Community Organizations

Active Minds (RPI)

Alliance for Rights and Recovery

Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families

ASCEND Mental Wellness

Association for Mental Health and Wellness  

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area

Bronx Defenders

Center For Independence of the Disabled, New York

Clinton County Coalition to Prevent Suicide

Mental Health America of Dutchess County

Mental Health Association of Westchester County

National Association of Social Workers – New York State Chapter

New Choices Recovery Center

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living

Northern Rivers

Vibrant Emotional Health

St. Vincent’s Hospital

Zucker Hillside Hospital

2023 Mental Health Matters Day

Recording of Mental Health Matters Day 2023 is available.

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Mental Health Advocacy Word Cloud

In 2022, participants were asked, “What is one word that comes to mind when thinking about mental health advocacy?”

Here were their answers!