Who is a Peer?

People with mental health struggles can support others in mental distress in ways that are very different from how a counselor or therapist might interact with them. For example, peers intentionally talk about their own mental health challenges and build rapport with others based on a shared recognition of suffering. In addition, by sharing their stories of navigating complex traditional and alternative mental health care…

Creative Approaches to Community Mental Health

Community Mental Health Advocacy may take on many different forms. For some, it may involve working within public school systems, community mental health centers, prisons, and state psychiatric hospitals to address patients’ needs and improve labor conditions for health care providers. For others, it may mean driving out Austin to talk with state representatives about issues that impact patients and their family members. However, advocacy…

Community Mental Health is a Political Issue

We may often think of our own mental health and wellbeing as deeply personal, private affair. Call it rugged individualism or “Texas toughness,” mental health is often talked about as something that we each need to do for ourselves and on our own terms.  However, this perspective often overlooks the invisible yet powerful drivers that spur us towards certain challenging emotions or difficult mental states.…