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“Speak Your Mind” Campaign Tackles Mental Health Issues

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - The state is using new resources to help teens and young adults tackle mental health issues with its newly launched “Speak Your Mind” campaign.

It started with a community conversation at The Women’s Center in Fort Worth. It was the first of 16 meetings happening nationwide where participants will discuss mental health issues affecting their community, the warning signs of mental illness and substance abuse and the resources available to help youth who are struggling.

“We realize that it’s an issue that requires ongoing attention and we’re continuing to fight the battle,” said Deputy Regional Director of Texas Department of State Health Services., Earlene Quinn.

The campaign is part of a grassroots movement to remove barriers to treatment, particularly among teens and young adults. The Texas Legislature added more than $300 million in additional mental health funding for 2014-2015.

The funds are being used to expand services, decrease wait lists, make improvements at the state’s mental health hospitals, and develop targeted efforts for veterans and young people.

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