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…

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…