About Us

Mental Health America of Hendricks County is a non-profit established in 1953.

Vision & Mission

Our mission is to promote mental wellness in Hendricks County, Indiana through information and referral, education, individual advocacy, and support; linking those in need with appropriate mental health services. We believe strongly in providing these services in a caring, compassionate, culturally competent and confidential manner.

Our vision is for Hendricks County to be a community that values and enjoys mental well-being and which empowers its members to treat one another with dignity and mutual respect.

Executive Committee

Amy Mace

Aaron Garner
Vice President

Jeff Peabody

Matt Roberts

Becky Maners
Past President

Members At Large

Dewanna Mooneyham

Jessica Strong

Joe Williams

Mary Ann Abramson

Meme Sikes


Lael Hill
Executive Director

Deana Carter
Director of Operations and Volunteer Retention

The Mental Health America Bell

"Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness."

During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained persons with mental illnesses with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. Because of better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped.

In the early 1950s, the National Mental Health Association, now Mental Health America, issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1953, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, MD, MHA melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: he Mental Health Bell.

Now the symbol of Mental Health America, the 300-pound Bell serves as a powerful reminder that the invisible chains of misunderstanding and discrimination continue to bind people with mental illnesses. Today, the Mental Health Bell rings out hope for improving mental health and achieving victory over mental illnesses.

Over the years, national mental health leaders and other prominent individuals have rung the Bell to mark the continued progress in the fight for victory over mental illnesses and addictive disorders.

MHAHC acquired a replica of the MHA Bell from the former MHA of Greater Indianapolis. We are proud to display the Bell at our office as a symbol of all that we stand for. The Bell rings as a reminder of what came before and rings out hope for victory over m mental illness.