By Dr. Brian Dixon|Mar 8, 2019
In politics, we're often told that "if you're not at the table, you're on the menu."
Mental health is one of the most important social issues we face. It is also an issue that seldom gets proper representation (a seat at the table) in local or even national politics.
As a result, mental healthcare is often overlooked and underfunded. Not to mention: when mental health challenges are coupled with income disparity—as they are in Fort Worth District 8—then our most vulnerable communities get ignored for the monied interests of businesses with the right political connections.
I ran for Fort Worth City Council to sit at the table for men and women struggling with mental health.
Politics is its own beast. In the last two elections, less than 10% of registered voters in my District came out to vote. With 4 candidates running this term, the math simply does not favor change. It's inevitable that the vote will be split, thereby resulting—most likely—in things staying exactly as they are.
I can't let that happen.
Therefore, I am officially withdrawing my campaign from the race for City Council.
But this does not mean my fight for better mental healthcare will stop.
I moved into the Historic Southside with dreams of contributing to a neighborhood with rich African-American legacies. Since, I've strived to modernize the management and delivery of mental healthcare through my private psychiatry practice.
In addition, I was recently elected President of the Historic Southside Neighborhood Association, which has provided me the opportunity to empower my neighbors and tackle both health and wealth inequalities within our community. I will continue working as a proactive member and voice for our community, even without a City Council seat.
More important than personally representing District 8 at City Council, I want to ensure change happens within our community. The Historic Southside is on the edge of explosive growth. I want to do everything within my power to ensure this growth doesn’t neglect its own. This means supporting others who are fighting for the same important local causes.
In talking with Chris Nettles, a fellow District 8 leader, I believe he can accomplish the political change we've needed for years in this area. I look forward to actively working with him to improve socio-economics, tackle food deserts, improve healthcare access, and foster meaningful discussion about individuals without consistent housing.
What will I do in the meantime? I will continue to lead the powerful Steering Committee of the Historic Southside while the City of Fort Worth helps recruit a master developer. I will continue to work with the TCU & UNTHSC School of Medicine to recruit and train empathetic scholars in the art of psychiatry. I will continue to provide patient-centered mental health through my private practice, Progressive Psychiatry.
Lastly, I will continue to serve as mental health and social justice advocate for my neighborhood, city, state, and nation via www.dixonFtW.com in the event that running for City Council in 2021 is needed. Change is coming, one way or another.
Let’s work together toward a brighter future.
Onward and upward,
With accolades spanning my career as a child psychiatrist, entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker, I advocate for a more sensible U.S. healthcare solution that appeals across all party lines. I am a Texan, born and raised. My psychiatry practice, Progressive Psychiatry, is based in Fort Worth.Read Full Bio