The various grants and projects operating from the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health have been hard at work adjusting their regularly scheduled programming to respond to the needs of our new normal.
With stay-at-home orders still in place across the country, our teams have put out a variety of pandemic and Coronavirus-related resources to help families, educators, and mental health practitioners continue to support their communities. Check out what the Institute as a whole has to offer below!
Texas System of Care
The Texas System of Care is a statewide effort to build upon existing community assets and support communities that want to improve outcomes through a system of care framework.
Each year, the Texas System of Care partners with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to host Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, an event designed to share resources, shatter stigma, and foster community.
This year, due to COVID-19, the event is transitioning to an interactive, online platform. Join the celebration starting May 2nd by visiting www.cmhaustin20.com. The website will feature motivating video testimonials and speeches from state leaders, nonprofit organizations, and youth and family members with lived experience. It will also have youth performances, a robust bank of valuable resources for families, and fun and games that can be enjoyed online or at home. Finally, the digital experience includes a community wall, where participants can share why children’s mental health matters to them for the chance to win prizes.
ACCEPT is a movement of youth and young adults who connect to educate, advocate, and grow youth voice in Texas. The ACCEPT team recently put together a page on their website where you can find a variety of helpful resources, broken down into several categories.
South Southwest Mental Health Technology and Transfer Center
The South Southwest MHTTC works to build the capacity of the mental health workforce, organizations, and systems to deliver effective, evidence-based promotion, prevention, treatment, and recovery supports.
To aid during the pandemic, South Southwest has put together a variety of free products.
- Brief: Fostering Resilience: Responding to the Needs of School-Age Children
- Brief: Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness in Telehealth
- Brief: Supportive Practices for Mental Health Professionals During Pandemic-Related Social Distancing
- Infographic: Supporting Student Resilience: Strategies for Teachers During School Closures
We will continue to update this blog past as our teams develop resources around COVID-19.