Baylor University is proud to host the Gil Taylor Behavioral Health Series
This virtual learning series will cultivate heightened awareness for topics of mental and behavioral health while encouraging open dialogue across Central Texas. As a community, we acknowledge our collective responsibility to address mental health issues that impact our neighbors as we collaboratively build the essential services for our city. The strategic partnership with the Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance brings a track record of successful advocacy and awareness.
Please register online for the sessions below. You will receive the virtual meeting information the day prior to the event.
Kevin Hines Survivor. Storyteller. Filmmaker.
Kevin Hines is an award-winning global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.
Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
H. Jean Wright II, PsyD
Find Strength in Your Struggle: A Faith-Based Approach to Wellness
Learn about research that points to improved medical and psychological/emotional outcomes for people who rely on their faith and/or spiritual belief system. We’ll also cover encouraging behavioral health professionals to include, where appropriate, a person’s faith/spiritual belief system in developing an individual health plan.
Joe Padilla, Cofounder & CEO of The Grace Alliance
The Beauty of Mental Illness
We often focus on treating the illness that we sometimes forget to empower the individual.
This presentation provides research, statistics, and faith principles for a unique perspective on how mental health recovery works and how people living with a mental illness have more exceptional qualities than others.
Robert Spears, GTDAA Board Member
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bob Spears, our wonderful Board Member and Secretary. Bob was passionate about our mission from the onset and involved in every decision. He will truly be missed by all.
Our Mission is to raise awareness of depression through advocacy and education while providing a variety of resources for those impacted by the disease within the home, workplace and community.
Depression is a serious medical illness that negatively affects nearly one in 10 adults.
Nearly twice as many women as men, and about one in five teens according to a 2010 study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Feeling sad, empty, hopeless, or numb
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue, insomnia or oversleeping
- Irritability or anxiety causing one to be short-tempered
- Trouble making decisions or thinking clearly
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Thoughts of death and suicide
GTDAA’s focus is to bring awareness and end the “stigma” of mental health issues.
Are you feeling depressed or suspect a loved one is depressed?
The GTDAA is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to raise awareness of depression and to help remove the “stigma” associated with mental health issues. An estimated 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth experience depression, a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior and physical health.