News for North Texas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
On Our Minds is the name of KERA's mental health news initiative. The station began focusing on the issue in 2013, after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Coverage is funded in part by the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund and Cigna.

New Texas Campaign Sparks Discussion About Mental Health


About one in four adults has a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2013, KERA teamed up with Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas Morning News for “Erasing the Stigma,” a symposium that looked at how the community work together to better identify and help young adults struggling with mental illness.


There’s more work to do.

Which is why the Texas Department of State Health Services has launched Speak Your Mind Texas — a statewide conversation about mental health to spread the message that help is available and recovery is possible.

Community Conversations

Visit Speak Your Mind Texas for additional details as they become available

July 1 – Houston

July 8 – Kerrville

July 14 – McAllen/Edinburg

July 16 – Brownsville

July 21 – Midland/Odessa

July 23 – Abilene

July 24 – Lubbock

July 25 – Amarillo

July 28 – Tyler

July 29 – Lufkin

July 30 – Dallas

Aug. 12 – Waco/Temple

Aug. 13 – San Antonio

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.