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00000174-20f3-d47e-a1f7-72f75e560000KERA News' initiative to cover mental health is called "On Our Minds." Reporter Syeda Hasan is leading the effort.The station began focusing on the issue in 2013. Shortly after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, KERA launched a project called Erasing the Stigma with The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas mayor’s office. It was the beginning of a years-long focus on mental health, which continues today.The latest On Our Minds series is focused on the people who care for folks with mental health issues. It's called The Caregivers.KERA's mental health coverage is funded in part by the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund and the Hersh Foundation.

Veterans' Mental Health Care: 'Filling In The Gaps'


The state moves forward today on a project to improve mental health services for veterans.

More than 50 people will learn in a webinar how to apply for grants from the Texas Veterans Initiative. It’s a public-private partnership using a million dollars in state money to help fund some creative regional programs.

The non-profit Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute in Dallas will evaluate the programs. CEO Tom Luce said the idea is to fill in the gaps in mental health services for veterans.

For more information:

Texas Leaders Launch New Effort to Help Veterans 

Texas Veterans Initiative