Leading the Conversation on Mental Health

We recently spotlighted progress being made for mental health care in our community. Leaders across North Texas shared details on some powerful initiatives, like RIGHT Care Teams and the integrated health clinic in the Education Corridor.

What struck us was the deep collaboration that exists across our city’s leadership. Doors are open. Ears are listening. With urgency and with intention – progress is indeed happening. We are so thankful for our participants, and the many ways they are giving the gift of better health to our whole community. Here are a few calls to action that we heard during our conversations, along with some resources that can help you or someone you know. 

Calls to Action

  1. Share your story. Whether it’s through a program like Okay to Say or a conversation with friends, each of us plays a role in removing social taboo associated with discussing mental health.
  2. Educate yourself on what will move the needle in terms of what policy changes will move the needle.
  3. Learn the position of your local representatives on mental health care funding and reach out to them to advocate for accessible care.
  4. Ask your primary care provider to begin mental health screening in their practice.
  5. Consider joining a high-quality depression research study, such as those at the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Resources

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Texas Health and Human Services (Mental Health Resources)
Top 10 Brain Protection List from Hersh Foundation

Thank You


Revisit the Series:

Growing a Healthy City
featuring Mayor Mike Rawlings, City of Dallas
Building Courage in Our Community
featuring Julie Hersh, Co-Founder and President, Hersh Foundation
Investing in Mental Health for All Texans
featuring Bruce Esterline, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Grants, The Meadows Foundation
Solving the Mysteries of the Brain
featuring Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, Director, Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care,
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Breaking the Cycle – What Does It Take?
featuring David Brown, ABC Consultant, Former Dallas Police Chief
Springing Hope from Credible Research
featuring Andy Keller, PhD, President and CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
What is Our Community Doing to Address Mental Health Issues – An Introduction