During this very busy month of October, we are taking some time to notice that it is also a month focused on mental health. The first week in October was Mental Illness Awareness Week. October 10th was World Mental Health Day. And all of October is World Mental Health Month and Depression Awareness Month. All of these special designations are of course meant to educate people about – and remove the stigma around – mental health concerns. Central Texas neuropsychotherapist Bella J. Rockman LPC, MA told KUT’s Jennifer Stayton recently over Zoom that she thinks we are actually doing pretty well.
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September is Suicide Prevention Month, and over the last several years, data has emerged indicating an alarming increase in the suicide rates for Black youth. In the third episode of Mind of Texas, host Ike Evans navigates a hard conversation with Krystal Grimes, MS, LPC, Director of Inclusion & Resilience at Bastrop County Cares and “Rue Dashnaw”, a youth community leader to reveal how resilience has emerged within Bastrop’s bleak backdrop of self–harm and suicidal ideation.
The second installment of Mind of Texas dives headfirst into Austin State Hospital’s oral history project with UT professor emeritus Dr. King Davis and historic preservation coordinator D.D. Clark to learn what state hospital archives teach us about mental health and equity today.
In part two, peer support specialist Parker LaCombe chimes in with her experiences on state hospitals and mental health field – both in terms of receiving and offering services.
In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Texas at Austin, about her career as an advocate and leader for collegiate student affairs.