Mind Matters: Community Talks for Healthy Minds


Previously called Community Meetings, Mind Matters brings mental health experts and advocates together to share information, tools and experience with the goal of advancing our community’s understanding of mental illness and increasing awareness of the resources available.

Mind Matters events are free and open to the public and are typically held on the fourth Monday of each month. Check back for the most up-to-date schedule of events and topics, as these are subject to change.

Coming up

Psychiatric Advance Directives: the Good, the Bad, the Possible

presented by

Dr. Virginia A. Brown,  Assistant Professor | Dell Medical School at The University of Texas

Monday, February 26, 2018  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Dell Children’s Medical Center (map)
Pat Hayes Education and Conference Center
4900 Mueller Blvd | Austin, TX 

Free parking available.

Psychiatric Advance Directives, sometimes referred to as either PADs or mental health advance directives, offer the opportunity for competent persons living with mental illness to provide information regarding their wishes and preferences for treatment in the event that a mental health crisis prevents them from collaborating in their care. Please join us in this talk about use of these directives in the state of Texas. Participants will learn about the benefits and potential limitations of the use of PADs in Texas, what it means to name a health care proxy/agent. Q&A session to follow presentation.

We ask that you be sensitive to our location and not attend if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.


 Check back for the most up-to-date schedule of events and topics, as these are subject to change.

Date Topic Location
January 22 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. Self-Care ASH – Nifty Fifty Diner (map)
February 26 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. Psychiatric Advance Directives Dell Children’s Auditorium (map)
March 26 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. Mental Health and Legal Planning TBD

Partner with NAMI Austin

 Are you interested in partnering with NAMI Austin or sponsoring a Mind Matters event? Contact Christina Schneider, Community Relations Coordinator, at (512) 420-9810 ext 1006 or christina.schneider@namiaustin.org.