Mental Health - Texas Tech Health

Mental health is health care; a person’s state of mind greatly influences all other areas of their health. TTUHSC brings to the table the experts and resources for advanced care. Working together as an entire community, we can make an impact and difference in people’s lives.

— Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. 

Chancellor, Texas Tech University | Former President, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

At Texas Tech Health, we were created to help meet the health care needs of West Texas, and we are doing the same for mental health. With a large disparity in resources in Texas, we are working to improve access through collaborative mental health education, more fellowship positions and other initiatives to help our community. Working together, we accomplish more than we can on our own.

Mental Health at a Glance

  • Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness
  • Young adults ages 18-25 years old have the highest prevalence of mental illness at 25.8 percent in the U.S.
  • The U.S. loses approximately 20 veterans to suicide on a daily basis
  • More than 80 percent of Texas counties are designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Approximately 800,000 Texas adults have a serious mental illness

What We're Doing

Here’s how we’re creating and implementing resources to improve mental health across the state.

Mental Health Initiative – While Texas Tech Health has access to a high level of specialty in mental health, primary care physicians are the first line of help when it comes to mental illness. Combining the efforts of research, clinical and patient care, the institute is working to collaborate across the university system to utilize professionals across the Texas Tech University System to help bring light to mental health. With everyone working together, we can fill in the gaps in our region and state to help improve patient outcomes.

Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium – TTUHSC is a part of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium, which was created to improve health care for children. One of their initiatives is to implement a Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) in Texas. CPAN provides physicians with direct access to psychiatry experts through dedicated hotlines. According to Dr. Wakefield, our Department Chair of Psychiatry, “With CPAN models in other states, 2/3rd of things that used to be referred to psychiatrists were able to be handled in primary care setting.” Altogether, this helps prevent a delay of care for children and provides physicians with resources they need to help with mental health distress.

To learn more about TTUHSC’s role in mental health, visit our website.

When people say mental illness, they often think of it as something easily controlled or changed, like an emotional reaction to a bad day. This is not the case. Mental illness is another inflammatory- or hormonemediated condition like diabetes. It’s a health condition. We need to respond to it as such.

— Dr. Wakefield

Chair of TTUHSC Department of Psychiatry