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Cynthia Wainscott

Past President of the Board,
Mental Health America

Cynthia Wainscott is the Immediate Past Chair of Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association). She is a founding board member of the Campaign for America’s Mental Health. She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that recently released Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions. She has been appointed to the Center for Mental Services’ National Mental Health Advisory Council, and has been elected Vice President for North 

America and the Caribbean of the World Federation for Mental Health.

In her home state of Georgia, Ms. Wainscott is a member of the Governor's MHMRSA Advisory Council, the state Medicaid agency's Drug Utilization Review Board, and the Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. She is immediate past chair of the Georgia Parent Support Network and the Advisory Committee for Emory University's Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression. She co-chairs the Governance Committee of the Mental Health Services Coalition.

From 1990-2002 Ms. Wainscott was executive director of the National Mental Health Association of Georgia. In the 1980s when she directed an NIMH pilot site for D/ART (Depression: Awareness, Recognition and Treatment), a groundbreaking public education campaign, she developed and trained model outreach programs nationwide. Ms. Wainscott was Mental Health Chair of the Time for Community Coalition (a cross-disability advocacy and education group) and she is past chair of the Georgia Prevention Credentialing Consortium.

In 1994 NIMH recognized Ms. Wainscott’s "creative leadership in community education." In 1995, she was named the most effective Mental Health Association Executive Director in the United States. She has also received the "Making a Difference" award from The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, and Eli Lilly's "Reintegrating Schizophrenia" and “Welcome Back” awards.

Ms. Wainscott holds a BA in communications from Metropolitan State University. Her passion for mental health advocacy is fueled by the experiences of her mother and daughter and granddaughter, who all have lived successfully with mental illness.