This past Sunday we sponsored a Texas wide event, Texas Funniest Reporter. Every competitor was amazing and we are glad that we were not the judges. Ultimately, LeAnn Wallace from Spectrum News took home the trophy as Texas’ first Funniest Reporter. Photos will be up soon!
As a non-profit organization, Mainstream Mental Health’s goal is to foster a commitment to young people and veterans that will promote a pro-social attitude towards mental health resources, thus creating a pathway for mental health services, while providing a sense of hope for the future. Please take a moment during your day but especially during mental health awareness day and mental health awareness month and support our cause.
In our lifetime 1 in 4 Americans will meet the requirements for a mental health diagnosis. The Department of U.S. Veterans Affairs reported that 22 veterans take their own life every day. A growing number of young people are either falling through the cracks due to an inability to afford mental health care or the social stigma that is associated with mental health issues deters them from seeking help. Regardless, they are not getting the help they need.
When these individuals finally do get help, it is often at a time of great tragedy or it is too late altogether. The VA is an example of a mental health failure in our society. Currently the average wait for a veteran to see a therapist for the first time is 130 day, and a week ago I talked with a veteran from Atlanta who had to schedule his appointment out 13 months. Nothing can guarantee tragedies will never happen again but society is not doing enough.
We want to change this!