Our Background

Mental Health America of the Northern Suburbs was founded in 1965 as the Evanston Mental Health Association (later the Evanston Mental Health Society) by a group of parents and community members concerned about the lack of mental health services in Evanston. Over the years, we have expanded our reach outside Evanston to cover the north shore community, and now we serve an even larger area, the northern suburbs of Chicago.

We are an affiliate of Mental Health America (MHA) and Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI). MHA is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. As an affiliate, we are part of a network of 200+ organizations around the country who work every day to protect promote mental health and prevent mental illness.

The Mental Health Bell is our symbol. The bell is cast from the shackles and chains that used to bind people with mental illnesses. The Mental Health Bell rings out hope for mental health for everyone.

Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness.
The inscription written on The Mental Health Bell

We are a volunteer-run organization governed by a Board of Directors and supported by a Professional Advisory Board, a Youth Advisory Board, and Business Advisory Board.

Our Mission

Mental Health America of the Northern Suburbs (MHANS) raises awareness and reduces stigma through education and advocacy to promote mental wellness throughout our community.

Our Philosophy

MHANS’ work is driven by its commitment that mental health is a critical part of overall wellness and that everyone would benefit from taking time for their mental health just as they do their physical health.

Our Work

Throughout the year, MHANS offers community and professional education programs on mental health and advocates for policies that support individual and community wellness.

Board of Directors

President – Tracy Levine, LCSW

Treasurer – April Singer, MBA

Secretary – Giorgos Losoff

Emma Weiland

Kevin Zepada, LCSW

Brian LaMoreaux, MD

Anthony Proctor

Lynn Callahan

Professional Advisory Board

The Professional Advisory Board helps us stay current on new developments in the field and advises us on our programming.

We are looking for members to join our advisory board. Please reach out to contact@mhans.com if you are interested in joining!

Business Advisory Board

The Business Advisory Board support our work with their business skills and experience.

We are looking for members to join our advisory board. Please reach out to contact@mhans.com if you are interested in joining!

We thank the members of this board who volunteer their time to support our work:

Jesse Viner, MD, Yellowbrick