The Lone Star Depression Challenge
The Lone Star Depression Challenge aims to free every Texan from depression by scaling three existing initiatives statewide. Our goal is to increase the rate of recovery from depression in Texas from less than 10% today to more than 50% through early detection and treatment in primary care.
Universal access across Texas to these proven care models could help at least one-third of Texans recover from depression and lead to one-quarter fewer deaths from suicide. That means we could free half a million Texans from this scourge, and potentially save a thousand lives every year.
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is a Lone Star Prize finalist
On January 7, 2021 it was announced that The Lone Star Depression Challenge, led by the Meadows Institute in partnership with UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Center, and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Harvard Medical School, is one of five finalists for the Lone Star Prize. This prize, sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, is a statewide competition designed to find and fund bold solutions focused on building healthier, stronger communities.Learn More
Before COVID-19, depression held 1.5 million Texans in its grip each year and suicide had become the third leading cause of death. COVID-19 is accelerating diseases of despair, laying bare broader inequities across race, ethnicity, and income. Over 3,000 Texans die each year from suicide, and depression costs billions in lost productivity, plus the human and economic burdens of co-morbid disease such as diabetes and heart disease.
The Lone Star Depression Challenge scales three existing initiatives statewide:
- The Cloudbreak Initiative driving primary care-based clinical solutions across leading health systems
- The Path Forward to help Texas businesses purchase better care
- EMPOWER to augment our workforce with culture-spanning community health workers.
Similar strategies transformed care for heart disease and cancer over the last two decades, and these same efforts have the potential to save thousands of lives and improve health outcomes for hundreds of thousands as we meet the Challenge.