Advocacy

Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County is committed to advocate for issues which directly affect you.  All MHA committees and coalitions are open to anyone interested.  Mental health consumers and family members are especially encouraged to participate.

Suicide Awareness Coalition
The Suicide Prevention Coalition emphasizes primary prevention by helping to reduce the factors that put people at risk and by preventing suicide before it occurs.  Care and compassion are the core values of the coalition team and it is our aim to uphold and adhere to these values through a variety of strategies.  The interdisciplinary coalition team consists of professionals from MHA, MHMR, VA, private practitioners, and other agencies within the community.  We are proud to also have students, professors, and people who lost a loved one to suicide.

The coalition meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:30-10:30am.  New members are welcome to join at any time!

Suicide Awareness & Education
The Suicide Awareness & Education program provides suicide prevention services and education to Tarrant County schools in an effort to eliminate the stigma towards openly addressing mental illness and young adult suicide.

The Facts:

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10-24.
  • 9 out of 10 people who have died by suicide had a diagnosable mental health disorder.
  • Only 3 out of 10 people who die by suicide received mental health services in the year before they died.
  • There is HOPE; and early detection and treatment is the key.

We Provide:

  • Information about the warning and risk factors of suicide and depression.
  • Linking to resources for families and individuals struggling with mental illness.
  • Referrals for students and adults in crisis.

For more information about the Suicide Awareness and Education program, contact Vorice Perryman (817) 733-9123.