Mental health issues can leave people feeling isolated and ashamed. To counter misconceptions about mental illness and help connect people with resources, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) launched Speak Your Mind Texas, a statewide conversation about mental health that help is available and recovery is possible.
DSHS is working with local organizers to conduct town hall-style community conversations around Texas this summer to spark discussion about mental health and substance abuse.
Upcoming events include:
Aug. 4: El Paso
Family Youth Service Center
Aug. 12: Waco
Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest, Auditorium
Aug. 13: San Antonio
Whitley Center at the Oblate School Of Theology
Aug. 18: Lufkin
Pitser Garrison Convention Center
Aug. 19: Austin
Location to be determined
RSVP for events, download event flyers, and get updated information online.
Speak Your Mind Texas is part of an overall Texas effort to raise awareness of mental health issues and increase access to services. The Texas Legislature appropriated more than $300 million in additional mental health funding for 2014-15. The funds help expand services, decrease wait lists, make improvements at the state's mental health hospitals, and develop targeted efforts for veterans and young people.
Action, Aug. 1, 2014