Conversations around mental health have become center stage in the post-COVID19 world, as long-term isolation, stress and anxiety have caused one of the worst mental health epidemics in recent memory. The silver lining to this crisis, which affected nearly a third of U.S. adults during the height of the pandemic, is that candid discussions around mental health are becoming more mainstream. And while it is important to discuss the negative, lingering impacts that the pandemic has had on mental health, not enough focus is being put on solutions, and how we can make those solutions possible.
The Lone Star State has not been spared from the wave of melancholy sweeping the nation. According to Mental Health America, 17% of Texan adults reported suffering from a mental illness in 2021. To make matters worse, the outlet ranked Texas last out of the 50 states in access to mental health care, as 60% of adults and 75% of youth with a mental illness reported not having received treatment.