Mental health is not solely an individual responsibility but is a product of community conditions. The places where people live, learn, work, play and pray can have a significant impact on improving mental health. Some mental health conditions are exacerbated by medical or clinical barriers, such as the lack of mental health professionals in the state. However, many poor outcomes stem from challenging environmental factors like housing stability, neighborhood infrastructure, and conditions at home, work and school.
Mental health is a concept that should be promoted beyond the walls of health clinics and instead integrated into everyday life (such as out conversations, actions, decisions, and responsibilities.) Community members, leaders and Professionals- from teachers and preachers, to police officers and judges- should understand the importance of mental health and the factors that influence it. Children should be supported by their families, teachers, peers, counselors and administrators in ways that enhance social connection and resiliency. The foundation will take an inclusive approach through which communities, particularly those that have been historically marginalized or excluded, take an active role in identifying and improving conditions that impact mental health.
A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Martinez is the fifth Executive Director to lead the foundation since its creation in 1940. He oversees the vision, mission, goals, strategic planning and day to day operations of the foundation. Learn more
Tammy represents the perspectives of consumers of mental health services and their families in the foundation's strategic planning, grant making, programs and policy activities. Learn more
Rick joined the foundation in 2007 where he serves as Senior Program Officer and leads the Integrated Health Care Initiative and co-leads the Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative. Learn more