American and Texas flags over the Texas Capitol

Week 3 – Mental Health Matters at the Capitol

The theme for this week is, “Mental Health Matters at the Capitol.” During this week we are highlighting important developments in public policy and their impact on mental health in Texas.

Policy Podcasts

The Hogg Foundation podcast, Into the Fold, frequently features in-depth discussion on mental health public policy in Texas. Here are some recent examples.

Addressing Community Needs with Community Expertise

Addressing Community Needs with Community Expertise

It’s time to recognize community members as the experts in their communities. Effective and sustainable community-level change can’t and won’t happen unless community members are actively involved in the decision and policy-making process.

Mental Health Goes Back to School

Mental Health Goes Back to School

During this especially divisive time, a strong partnership between two Austin nonprofits is providingmuch-needed mental health support to students, families, and school communities.

Trust for America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health

The first in a series spotlighting the co-signers of the Hogg Foundation’s Declaration of Racism as a Mental Health Crisis, Trust for America’s Health.

Safe and Supportive Schools for Every Texas Student

School kids running

As we all look at COVID-19’s effects, the mental health and emotional impact on our kids is evident: trauma, depression, substance use, and suicidal thoughts have all risen the last two years. While the pandemic undoubtedly exacerbated our youth’s struggles, their need for mental health supports is not new. Students have witnessed mass shootings targeting schools and specific populations, national conversations on race, and extreme weather events. These experiences have profound impacts on children’s mental health.