More than half of all Texans surveyed have been impacted by mental health issues either at home or at work. The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute issued these and other important findings today. The mental health survey, conducted among randomly selected Texas voters by Baselice and Associates, Inc., was done to measure the awareness and knowledge of mental health among Texans; to gauge if more or less attention or more or less spending should be directed toward mental health issues in Texas; and to measure the correlation of attitudinal statements on the level of attention or resources that should be directed toward mental health issues.
As our legislators consider options to reorganize the state’s health and human services agencies, the job will be incomplete unless they also address the critical workforce shortage for behavioral health professionals.
Two bills introduced during the Texas 84th Legislature, both currently in committee, present a basic yet significant solution that could help lower recidivism rates among the mental ill in our Texas jails.
As the media struggle to report the facts of the Germanwings airplane crash, facts are being ignored. Day after day, reports and commentary attach blame for the tragedy to the co-pilot’s clinical depression and the airline’s failure to catch it.