Across Texas and the nation, there are programs to address the mental health needs of people who are suffering. Military veterans get help transitioning back to civilian life. The juvenile justice system gets much-needed support services.
But despite those efforts, major challenges remain in providing mental health care to those who need it most, triggering passionate policy debates.
Those challenges are the focus of Mental Health Matters, a partnership between The Texas Tribune, the Mental Health Channel and KLRU. Throughout Mental Health Month in May, we are joining forces to examine different areas of concern and the work being done to fill in the gaps.
Mental Health Matters features a mix of traditional Tribune reporting, a panel discussion hosted by KLRU, deep-dive videos and a PBS special that will air nationwide later this year. Topics of coverage include mental health hurdles specific communities face; mental health and the criminal justice system; addressing mental health in the workplace; and the state's struggles to provide psychiatric care to all patients who need it.
Use this project page, which we'll be updating throughout May, to catch up on all of our coverage.