KEY Consumer Organization | Mental Health Support and Advocacy
We advocate individually and collectively in order to improve services, promote understanding, and end discrimination against persons with mental illness. Our mission includes not only protecting our rights, but also educating ourselves and the public about psychiatric disorders. We unite our efforts with others concerned about themselves or loved ones being treated by mental health professionals.
The KEY Consumer Organization strives to empower and strengthen mental health consumers who use Indiana's mental health treatment services.
Indiana consumers began organizing in 1984 and KEY was formally started in 1998 with support from the Mental Health Association. Non-profit status was obtained in mid 1990 under the guidance of an all consumer Board of Directors. With local affiliate groups now active statewide, KEY also assists with other self-help groups.
- Encourages development of local support groups in an effort to create a statewide network for all consumers.
- Provides advisory assistance to local self-help and advocacy groups.
- Utilizes the knowledge, strengths, and experiences of all consumers in creating and administering our programs.
- Promotes public education statewide concerning mental illness and its treatment.
- Creates an employment model for the state demonstrating reasonable accommodations for employees with mental illness.