Children

Approximately one half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14. Each year, over 550,000 Texas children and adolescents experience severe mental health needs.

Yet, many Texas children first receive mental health services while in foster care, juvenile justice system, or special education instead of through their family doctor, school, or community. MMHPI envisions a different reality in which Texas children will receive effective mental health care as part of their overall health so they can reach their full potential. Within their families, all Texas children will be able to get physical and mental health care from their primary care provider. Within their schools, all Texas children will have access to the mental health services they need to be academically successful.

Increased violence in our schools and on our streets has thrust the issue of childhood mental health into the spotlight. MMHPI is bringing together agents of change to identify innovative, promising and cost-effective ways to address mental health needs through their family doctor, school or community when children are young.

Mental Health Matters: For Children

“If our students are going to reach their full academic potential, you have to have the academic, the social, and the emotional—the full circle of care—for a student. And what better way to do that than to have school based mental health care services.”
– Tisha Kolek, Director of Counseling Services, Taylor ISD

Mental Health Matters is a collaborative video project with the Mental Health Channel, KLRU, the Texas Tribune, and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, that examines mental health-related policy issues through organizations, programs and individuals that are making a difference.