Saved by the Bell Fundraiser, Mental Health America of the Heartland
By attending this event, you will learn more about the agency and its mission and programs. It’s completely free to attend and you will hear about many of the ways MHAH fulfills its mission throughout the Kansas City area from prominent members of the organization in addition to stories directly from their clients.
You will be asked to consider making a contribution—however, there is no minimum and no maximum gift requested. As much as anything, we want you to come and find out about the great programs MHAH offers throughout Kansas City.
Why is the event called "Saved by the Bell"? In the mid-1950's the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America) issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles that used to be used to chain patients to walls and beds. Volunteers collected the metal restraints from hundreds of mental hospitals across the country and piled them in the building’s lobby. These restraints were then shipped to a bell foundry in Baltimore, Maryland, where they were cast into a 300-pound bell. Nothing could proclaim hope for those who have mental illness more dramatically than a bell cast from the actual chains and shackles used as restraints for persons with mental illnesses.
Learn more about the mental health bell.