What about the building?

The 4 story brown building on the corner of 5th and Elm in Long Beach was built in 1922 and was originally the AT&T Overseas Operator Building. After the Long Beach Earthquake in 1933 the building was rebuilt and continued to be used as a telephone operator’s building.

The building stood vacant for a while and was purchased in the 1980s for conversion to an office building; the developer improved the building seismically but did not complete the project.

MHA bought the vacant property on January 2, 1990 to use as the site for the Village.






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What is Recovery?

What is Recovery?
Mental health recovery, even from the most serious and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder, is possible.  With self-management, appropriate treatments and support systems, studies have shown that individuals recover or significantly improve.  

What Does it Look Like?
When individuals manage their own illness with the supports that they need AND are able to live and work in the community successfully, attend school, engage in active social activities, maintain a healthy lifestyle and more. 

So How Does Someone Recover from a Mental Illness?
MHA Village helps individuals recover from mental illness, using a concept that recovery has four stages: 

Recovery begins with a positive vision of the future.  Individuals need to see possibilities – getting a job, earning a diploma, having an apartment – before they can move forward. 

To be empowered, individuals need access to information and the opportunity to make their own choices.  At MHA Village, members choose the types of services they want using our menu of service options. 

As individuals move toward recovery, they realize they need to be responsible for their own lives. This comes with trying new things, learning from mistakes and trying again. 

Meaningful Role in Life
To recover, individuals need a purpose separate from their illness. They need to apply hopefulness, confidence and self-responsibility to roles such as employee, neighbor, parent, graduate and volunteer.  Meaningful roles help people with mental illness get their lives back.

Read more about recovery from Dr. Mark's Writings.

Learn more about the recovery training programs we offer.