Created as a nonprofit in 2020, Empire Mental Health Support (EMHS) exists to: serve individuals with a mental illness diagnoses and their families, educate the community and its leaders, bridge the gap between individuals and health care providers, and advocate for an improved system of care. This is why our motto is: “Live With Mental Illness, Not Against It!”
Our Vision and Goals
Our goals are to raise mental health awareness in our communities, our state, and the areas around us. We want to be among the justice system, the lawmakers, and the leaders to work towards empathy and equal rights among our mentally ill citizens and their families. We want to get in on the ground floor of progress in getting each person a proper home, proper medical attention, and proper education so they may be better individuals in the long term.
We would like to see a stronger mental health system in the Empire Area. Also, we would like to see those in the court system helped rather than hurt during their symptomatic times and get proper medical treatment if they happen to be placed in the detention centers. After all, they are human beings afforded their inalienable rights just like the rest of the citizens in this country.
Other goals include helping the homeless with their mental illness, getting veterans back on their feet, helping released felons have a future outside of prison, and working with counselors in the education system with helping teens with a wide array of disorders and gender equality. By doing so, it is our hope to have a stronger and more understanding community when it comes to mental illness. This also helps families become closer because they now know how to love their family member even better than before.
Message from the President
"I am excited to be the president of a brand new nonprofit organization in the Empire Area that is specifically for citizens and consumers who either live with a mental illness or are a family member of someone who lives with a mental illness. It is our goal to be the best voice in the Empire Area for support, education, and advocacy while also fighting for equality and anti-discrimination. We hope you will join us in each step in our endeavors as we become a welcome pillar in our communities. Thank you for choosing Empire Mental Health Support!"
Jerrald H. Zeigler, Jr.
President of Empire Mental Health Support