TYLER (KYTX)-The Texas Department of State Health Services hosted Speak Your Mind Texas today, a mental health awareness campaign focused on teens.
The town hall style event featured local leaders and mental health professionals along with people living with mental illness.
The Tyler event is one of sixteen Speak Your Mind events going on throughout Texas this summer.
"We're just trying to increase that level of awareness, get all the stakeholders engaged so we can attack or look at this issue in young adults more thoroughly and diagnose people at an early age so they can get treated," Dr. Paul McGaha said.
Organizers hope these community conversations will take away the stigma that accompanies mental illness.