Stories Matter: Reflections on My Trip to Washington D.C.

Last week I had the honor of joining the Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellows on their whirlwind tour of Washington D.C. As a part of my HHCI fellowship in mental health policy,  I had previously joined the Hogg Fellows on their tours of county mental health agencies and local criminal justice systems in the Austin and Houston regions, but this five-day intensive was an altogether…

5 Ways to Strengthen Community Mental Health in the Public Sector

To support mental wellbeing across Texas, we need to build community mental health into the design of the public sector. Considering the historic challenges to funding the public mental health system in Texas (much less reforming it), this is a tall order indeed. However, the first step in tackling systemic transformation is to recognize the efficacy of large-scale changes implemented in other cities and states…

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…