The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners would like to recognize that May is Mental Health Awareness Month and share a message:

A Message from Dr. David Yu and

Dr. Robert McNeill

Dr. David Yu: Greetings, I am David Yu, the Presiding Officer of the Dental Board. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s with pleasure that I present Dr. Bob McNeill, our board secretary. He also serves as the board’s liaison to the Professional Recovery Network and is actively involved with the ADA Dental Team Wellness Advisory Committee. He’s a well-regarded advocate for mental health within our profession and I value Dr. McNeill’s words of support and encouragement.

Dr. Robert McNeill: Thank you Dr. Yu for allowing me to share this very important message. I’m Dr. Bob McNeill, the chair of licensing for the Dental board. Recently, we’ve made changes in how we ask questions in mental health issues including substance use issues.

As a board, we want you to get help if you need help. In order for us to take care of our patients best, we need to be in good form. We (the board) don’t want to stand in the way of you getting help and we expect if you need help, we need you to get it. Your friends, your family, your colleagues and most importantly, your patients need you to be in good form.

This is a blue couch. At my office, we have dentists come in and they sit on the blue couch. We talk about clinical issues. We also talk about life issues. Do that for yourself. Do that for others. Call a colleague and take them to lunch and see how they are doing. Let them know how you’re doing. We are in this together. Our patients are best served, our families are best served, we are all best served when we’re in this together. Be well friends.