Mental health issues have unfortunately been long misunderstood by the general public. MHA is dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental illness by providing training on the importance of mental health and how to help yourself and your community. Training and presentations are open to interested individuals, faith-based groups, professionals, or community groups.
Mental Health First Aid
Learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Two options based on who you interact with the most – youth or adults.
8-hour training, groups of 5-15
AS+K About Suicide to Save a Life
Get trained on how to recognize warning signs—behaviors and characteristics that might indicate elevated risk for suicidal behavior—and what action to take to prevent a possible tragedy.
2-hour training, groups of 5-25
Mental Health 101
A short presentation that provides a basic understanding of mental health and a brief overview of recognizing signs and symptoms of a mental health issue. The training will also focus on local resources and how to find help for yourself or someone in need.
Annual Mental Health Summit
MHA of SETX hosts a yearly, one-day conference offering CEUS. Positive Solutions to Mental Health in Schools was last year’s topic and brought in representatives from 18 different school districts!
2021 Summit information coming soon!
BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CONSORTIUM OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS
Meetings with established partners to facilitate collaboration and review the current state of our community’s mental health needs.
MHA of Southeast Texas advocates for individuals and their families living with mental health issues by coordinating community awareness campaigns and supporting state legislative efforts with the MHA Texas Roundtable and the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative. We believe that by educating our policymakers and community about the complexities of mental health we can change the perceptions that surround individuals affected by mental illness, leading to better access and care for all. As an affiliate of Mental Health America, we are part of a collective voice across the United States seeking positive change for all through the National Advocacy Network.
Mental illness can strike anyone—it knows no age limits, economic status, race, creed, or color. During the course of a year, more than 48 million Americans are affected by one or more mental disorders.
It is sometimes easy to forget that our brain, like all of our other organs, is vulnerable to disease. Unfortunately, because people with mental illnesses often suffer from behavioral symptoms, they are viewed differently than people with physical ailments. Instead of receiving compassion and support, people with mental illnesses may be judged and greeted by unsympathetic, unfair, or hostile responses.
Much of the discrimination can be attributed to a lack of awareness and understanding. Our society often perceives people with mental illness as strange, scary, and even dangerous. In fact, when people with mental illnesses are asked to identify the biggest problem they face, most say it is simply a lack of acceptance.
How You Can Help
The most important thing we can do is remind people that mental health IS health, not a separate issue about which we should be ashamed.
Use Person First Language. For example, instead of saying “the mentally ill,” say “people with mental illness.”
Do not equate mental health conditions with violence or antisocial behavior (according to the National Institute for Mental Health, only about 5% of violent crimes are committed by individuals with a mental health diagnosis).
Share your personal experiences with mental health issues and encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
Join the anti-stigma conversation on social media and include the hashtag #StopTheCrazyTalk.
Incorporate mental health into your regular health check-ups, just like going to the dentist.
Remember that our mental health IS our health—not a separate category.