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Local resources available during Mental Health Awareness Week, beyond

by Mallory Wyatt | May 10, 2022 at 3:59 p.m.
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TEXARKANA, Texas -- The week of May 10 is recognized as National Mental Health Week, and experts want residents to be aware of local resources.

Briana Taylor at Texas A&M University-Texarkana's Student Counseling Center provided insight into mental health and resources in the area.

"We provide counseling services, whether it's individual, couples and group therapy," Taylor said. "We also do crisis assessment in the event that someone is dealing with a crisis. We also provide outreach events on campus which are open to the public."

TAMUT also provides specialized training for their faculty in mental health first aid and True Colors, which is a personality assessment that helps teams work more effectively together.

"I would say the biggest misconception (about mental health) is that people with a mental illness are a danger to other people," Taylor said. "People are much more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators of it, when we're talking about our populations."

All of TAMUT's resident assistants are trained in mental health first aid because they can be first in the line of care for someone needing support. The main focus of mental health first aid is reducing stigma.

"Mental health problems are extremely common," Taylor said. "So there's no shame in reaching out for help if you're struggling and need somebody to talk to."

National Mental Health Week was conceived in 1990 as a way to bring light to mental health and reduce misconceptions.

RESOURCES

Arkansas

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Arkansas: namiarkansas.org

Stay Positive Arkansas (free crisis counseling services): staypositivearkansas.com

Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center (Texarkana, sliding scale payment): 870-773-4655

Texas

Community Healthcore 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-832-1009

Health and Human Services Commission COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Texas: namitexas.org

UT Health Science Center at Tyler Helpline (focus on East Texas resources): 903-877-5159

National

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

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