Hear about the foundation’s strategy from our executive director, Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. as he discusses the Hogg Foundation’s recent turn from a focus on individual mental health to transforming mental health at the community level. Dr. Martinez speaks to the ramifications for our grantmaking, for communities as they strive to improve their own well-being, and for the larger goal of achieving health equity.
Voices of Recovery is a collection of candid conversations with extraordinary individuals who have emerged on the other side of serious mental illness with wisdom and insight to share about well and the nuances of recovery. Among the interviewees is former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who has become one of the leading lights in mental health care reform.
In the first of the four videos below, psychologist and activist Pat Deegan goes right to the poetic core of her current project, a web application designed to help people prepare for brief psychiatric consultations. Her objective, she says, to is make “technology work like a bank of Jimi Hendrix Marshall amps blasting my humanity and what matters to me and my resilience to my care team?”
It’s an example of what makes Deegan so special. She has an extraordinary way with words, a powerful sense of mission, an incisive and strategic mind, and a life that seems to have integrated all of these aspects of herself.
On December 9, 2014, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and CPPP co-hosted a community forum with Dr. Larry Nulton and Elissa Gies, both of Peerstar LLC, a private provider organization that has established an innovative peer support re-entry program in local Pennsylvania county jails. The forum also featured a first-person narrative by peer support specialist Tuesday Marler and insights from Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and Center for Health Care Services CEO Leon Evans. The forum explored the challenges and opportunities of release from jail for individuals with lived experience of mental illness and highlighted the potential of a Peer Support Re-Entry Program in which an individual with lived experience of mental illness provides support and guidance to an individual with lived experience during the transition from a local county jail into a recovery-oriented life. Our aim is to close the revolving door for individuals with mental illness cycling in and out of jail by ensuring that they are supported during a difficult transition and connect with community-based mental health care.
Dr. Joel Dvoskin is a forensic and clinical psychologist and a nationally known expert on the relationship between mental illness and violence. He is a strong advocate for taking a public health approach to violence prevention, one that addresses the root causes of the problem without needlessly stigmatizing persons with mental illness.
In this series of videos, Dvoskin passionately argues for an evidence-based, public health approach to addressing gun violence, one that avoids the politics of gun control and doesn't needlessly stigmatize people with mental health conditions. He also faults the media for its ratings-driven approach to covering mass shootings incidents, which he argues is a further impediment to public understanding of the root causes of violence.