Mental Health Month 2019

Elias Diaz, LMFT of the Maverick County Hospital District

Elias Diaz, LMFT of the Maverick County Hospital District

The Maverick County Hospital District along with thousands of health organizations across the country are observing Mental Health Awareness month during May.

It’s during this time that a focus on all aspects related to mental health problems are brought to the forefront. 

Mental health problems are often overlooked and in many cases never addressed. Living with any mental health ailment or psychological issues can often weigh heavy on the individual, their loved ones, and society as a whole. 

The Maverick County Hospital District recognizes how mental health issues and physical illnesses are related and are focused on expanding their medical services with the addition of a Mental Health Clinician who is providing assistance through the Physicians Specialty Group.  

Elias Diaz, LMFT of the Maverick County Hospital District offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy to assist anyone in need.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and completed his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. He is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has received specialized post graduate training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD from the University of Pennsylvania. His 10 years of experience in the field include clinical practice in private and community mental health settings, research experience with the University of Southern California, and expert contribution to development of “HIV Prevention in The United States, Bolstering Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men to Promote and Reduce HIV Transmission” by The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. 

Diaz is also a member of the Texas HIV Syndicate, where he serves as Regional Launch Coordinator for the Texas Achieving Together plan to end the HIV epidemic. His advocacy informs his practice in the delivery of mental health services to HIV+ patients in our area. 

“Mental health is becoming a top priority nationwide. In alignment with our mission, MCHD has successfully integrated behavioral healthcare into our service package. Our patients are now able to access their primary care, specialty care, and address their behavioral health issues all under one roof,” said Diaz. “Mental health and physical health are very much interrelated and we look forward to working together as a team to advocate for the overall wellness of our patients.”

“There is a high need in our community. We experience a severe shortage of health and mental health professionals, and that has long term ramifications on our community.  Mental health issues can often go unnoticed or undiagnosed. It was important for us to offer a service package that was accessible to everyone in the community regardless of social economic status, or ability to pay.”   

MCHD Board Chairperson Jesus Casas believes that mental health problems are an important issue that must be addressed as a community. “People see mental health illnesses as something that shouldn’t be paid much attention to. But I believe it is very important. I would really like to see us, work on a model that can expand to provide more of these types of services,” concluded Casas.  

For any information regarding services provided at the MCHD, you can contact them by calling (830) 757-4900.