Mental health and mindfulness: Community resources and services | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Throughout the month of May, the LBJ School has promoted a dialogue focused on mental health, mindfulness and self-care. As we close out the month we want to keep the conversation going, from finding resources to creating and maintaining healthy habits to building both networks and boundaries — essential approaches to helping ourselves and one another thrive.

This list is by no means a comprehensive collection of resources, but it is a guide to critical services both at The University of Texas at Austin and within the larger Austin community.

 

UT Resources

Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)
The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) provides counseling, psychiatric, consultation and prevention services that facilitate students' academic and life goals and enhance their personal growth and well-being. They can provide help with a crisis, self-care resources, counseling and medication, and prevention and outreach. CMHC has a list of student mental health resources including services from crisis and advice lines to ally trainings and the Trevor Project. CMHC also offers tips and advice on self-care and activities to reduce stress and increase mindfulness.

University Health Services (UHS)
University Health Services (UHS) provides health care and public health leadership to support students in reaching their optimal health so they can achieve their academic and personal potential.

Thrive at UT
Thrive at UT is a free app designed to enhance UT student well-being and help busy students live their best life. Thrive helps you make small changes in your routine that have powerful long-term impacts. You will find short videos of UT students sharing their own stories and interact with activities designed to help you apply these concepts to your own unique experience. Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) is a national model for integrating diversity and community engagement into the core mission of a university. It works with a broad range of student, faculty, staff and community constituents to help The University of Texas at Austin connect its intellectual resources to communities across Texas and offer education to those who may face the greatest challenges in accessing it.

Gender and Sexuality Center
The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is to provide opportunities for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality.

Student Veteran Services
Student Veteran Services helps all students using federal and state veterans education benefits. They walk current and prospective students through the benefits application and certification process, provide veteran-centered academic support, career services, health care and wellness resources and support the ongoing success of veterans on campus.

Child Psychiatry Access Network and Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School administers these statewide initiatives to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services in Central Texas on behalf of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium.

Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN)
CPAN is a network of access centers providing child and adolescent behavioral health consultation services and training opportunities for pediatricians and primary care providers to children who live in 13 Central Texas counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Fayette, Hamilton, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Mills, Travis and Williamson. Registered primary care providers may call the CPAN hotline at 1-888-901-CPAN to consult with a pediatric psychiatrist or psychologist within 30 minutes of their call.

Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT)
Dell Med, in collaboration with Dell Children’s Medical Center, provides telepsychology and telepsychiatry services to children and adolescents in Texas schools through the TCHATT program. Children and adolescents in participating school districts may receive up to four free tele-sessions with mental health professionals. Dell Med TCHATT also assists with coordination of follow-up care for students who need ongoing mental health services.

Gregory Gym and Recreational Sports at UT
Gregory Gym offers fitness and sports classes, intramural sports, sports clubs, personal training, pilates, nutrition services and massage services.

 

Resources in Austin

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Central Texas
NAMI Central Texas has compiled a list of local resources, including peer counseling, substance abuse counseling, behavioral health, eating disorder treatment, emergency services and suicide prevention. NAMI also offers a printed resource guide.

Texas Health and Human Services
Texas' Department of Health and Human Services contracts with 37 local mental health authorities and two local behavioral health authorities to deliver mental health services in communities across Texas. Visit this site to find your local mental health or behavioral health authority.

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources from the city of Austin
Integral Care's resources include mental health services including a 24/7 crisis helpline, psychiatric emergency services, a mobile crisis outreach team and mental health services for adults and children.

Mental Health TX
The Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council offers resources to get help for yourself or someone else for issues including trauma, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, intellectual and developmental disabilities, depression, psychosis and suicide.