The press release below announces the exciting collaboration of our
National Organization, Mental Health America with Walgreens in regard to
mental health screenings. This has created a groundswell of articles over
the last few days with the appropriate focus on reducing stigma and seeking

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2016

Contact: Erin Wallace, (571-319-9594,

Mental Health America, Walgreens Team Up on Mental Health Screenings and

National Collaboration to Help Connect More People with Resources Online,
In Their Communities

Alexandria, VA—*Mental Health America (MHA) is pleased to announce a new
national collaboration with Walgreens, one of the nation’s largest
drugstore chains, to help connect more people with critical mental health
screening tools and information.

Working with MHA, Walgreens today launched a new, dedicated mental health
“answer center” on its website ( to help
connect people to MHA’s Online Screening Program— free,
scientifically-based online screenings for a number of conditions including
depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and others.

The new platform aims to improve health outcomes through early screening
and intervention, to heighten consumer awareness and reduce stigma
associated with mental illness, and to connect more people with clinical
resources in their community who can help. With timely intervention so
critical to early stage treatment, *Walgreens and MHA together have set a
goal to complete 3 million online screenings by the end of 2017*. MHA
believes that taking a screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to
determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health
condition. These screenings are part of an ongoing effort by MHA to address
mental illness *Before Stage 4.

“Mental Health America is very pleased to partner with Walgreens this way,”
said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, MHA. “Walgreens is a trusted part
of the fabric of so many local communities in which we and our affiliates
work. Our online mental health screening program has rapidly become an
amazing year-round way to reach people who have mental health concerns with
helpful information and supports. Adding the Walgreens suite of supports
and services to our program will strengthen our offerings, and help many
more people recover from serious mental health conditions.”

Walgreens provides a broad range of services to improve medication
adherence for patients, including those with certain mental health
conditions. As part of the effort, the company will also be providing
opportunities for continuing education for its pharmacists and nurse
practitioners, to better serve the needs of mental health patients. Its new
mental health answer center features informational resources and content,
and can connect users to MHA’s Online Screening Program. MHA can also
facilitate follow-up treatment and care through providers and specialists
in local communities, as well as through its affiliates across the United

“We’re proud to work with MHA on this important initiative to help meet the
need for mental health resources in our communities, and to better support
our customers and patients in attaining both good physical and mental
health,” said Alex Gourlay, Walgreens president.

The initiative launches in conjunction with May is Mental Health Month.
For over 65 years, MHA and our affiliates across the country have led
the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of
people through the media, local events and screenings.


Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit
dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally
healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to **promote mental
health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for
all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated
health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them, and
recovery as a goal.

Erin Wallace

Vice President of Communications and MarketingMental Health America
Office: 703-797-2588/Cell: 571-319-9594

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