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SMU Lockdown, Mental Health Reminder

According to Dallas Police, a man called this morning saying he wanted to harm himself. As a precaution, the campus of Southern Methodist University and Stonewall Jackson Elementary briefly went on lockdown. Officers took the man into custody and no one was harmed. Here's a reminder of mental health resources both on, and off campus.

SMU campus has mental health services available for students at the Memorial Health Center,  located at 6211 Bishop Blvd on the SMU Campus. Phone: 214-768-2277

Additional mental health resources in North Texas open to anyone, anytime:

  • Metrocare: A North Texas nonprofit that helps people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and severe emotional problems. Phone: 214-743-1200
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services' list of Crisis Hotlines
  • NorthStar: A publicly funded behavioral health program serving seven counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Phone:  214-366-9407 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas: A nonprofit with 45 local affiliates throughout Texas. NAMI provides a variety of education and support to mental health consumers, family and friends.

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.