Our Mission

To empower people with mental illness to unlock their full potential and to change the stigma of mental illness from shame, isolation, and despair to hope,dignity, and courage.

“Mental Health Advocacy & Education”

Best of Indianapolis Award

Indianapolis Award Program Honors the Achievement INDIANAPOLIS July 26, 2012 Key Consumer Organization has been selected for the 2012 Best of Indianapolis Award in the Doctors & Clinics category by the Indianapolis Award Program.

NAMI Indiana At the heart of NAMI's mission is our grassroots and the sharing of information with people with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public. NAMI strives to offer hope, reform and health to our American community through support, education , and advocacy efforts.
MHAI The mission of Mental Health America of Indiana is to work for the mental health of all citizens and for victory over mental illness and addictive disorders through public education, advocacy and public health reform.
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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.

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible. 

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Anti-Stigma Billboard

Through a grant from Family & Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health & Addiction and the Indiana Consumer Council with KEY Consumer Organization as the administrator of the grant, a billboard campaign was launched in Central Indiana August 2012. Every three months four billboards are strategically placed on Clear Channel Billboards throughout central Indiana to decrease mental health stigma. Billboards are presently located at 16th Street & Harding, 82nd Street & I-69, 10th Street & Mithoffer, and on I-65 South between Greenwood & New Whiteland.

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.

    • Mental illness is a highly prevalent, life-threatening disease that affects millions of people all around the world.
    • Mental illness strikes the young and often goes undiagnosed and untreated for many years.
    • Mental illness threatens lives everywhere.
    • Mental illness has a significant impact on human productivity.
    • Mental illness has a staggering impact on the global economy.

Read more: Key Facts about Mental Illness


Affordable Care Act

Under the Microscope
December 1, 2012
The Affordable Care Act


The 2012 election is behind us. President Obama now has a second, 4-year term; the Senate has an even larger Democratic majority than before November 6. As a result, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) – “Obamacare” – is alive, well and likely to stay.

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Medication Assisted Treatment Training


October 30th - November 1

This training series presents an overview of the science of addiction and several emerging trends in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. 


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