Mental Health

Headspace – Supporting Employee Mental Health

Asim A. Shah M.D.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Division will host, “Headspace – Supporting Employee Mental Health” on Thursday, August 10th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Fort Bend Chamber. We will hear from our expert panelists on the new era for mental health at work. Our panelists include Asim A. Shah M.D., Professor & Executive Vice Chair at Baylor College of Medicine & George Patterson, CEO at TEXANA. Topics include: ■ The state of […]

Mental Health First Aid Training (open for all)

We will be holding Mental Health First Aid training for anyone interested in the training. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. DATE:  Saturday, August 5, […]

Harris County Allocates $14.3 Million to Tackle Behavioral and Mental Health 

Judge Lina Hidalgo along with several local members of congress today introduced a $14.3 million initiative aimed at combating the growing mental health crisis and an additional $7.5 million to address nutritional and food insecurity. Through a multi-million dollar allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the Behavioral and Mental Health Program will increase access to mental health services, with a focus on expanding counseling for youth and their families, before mental health issues […]

Unprecedented Demand for Mental Health Services in the Local Region Creates Urgent Need for HGI Counseling  

After more than two years of the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 44-year-old nonprofit organization HGI Counseling is confronting an unprecedented demand for its mental health services in the Greater Houston region. Since March 2020, HGI Counseling has experienced an increase of 600 percent in the number of therapy sessions it completes on an ongoing basis. This significant increase has caused the nonprofit organization to now need urgent support from the local community to […]

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

By Dr. James Butler, Regional Medical Director, Oceans Healthcare It’s been a rough couple of years navigating a global pandemic. Many people have struggled to stay afloat in more ways than one, and our collective mental health has taken a major hit throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Americans are dealing with obstacles some have never experienced. Too many of us have faced tragic losses, loneliness and isolation, even serious illness. For our senior population, the challenges […]

HHSC Encourages Texas Veterans to Access Free Suicide Prevention and PTSD Treatment Resources

During June, which is Texas Veterans Suicide Prevention and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, Texas HHS is encouraging military veterans to access the resources available to them for suicide prevention and PTSD. “When a veteran is battling PTSD, not only does it have an impact on them, it affects their families, friends, and communities. Reaching out for help is the first step toward getting support for them and preventing suicide,” said Sonja Gaines, HHS […]

Check on Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season

The holidays are filled with wonder and magic, but this season will look a little different. While it is difficult to imagine not celebrating with loved ones in person, for many this may be the safest option. As   important as it is to protect our physical health, it’s equally important to check in on our mental health during these trying times. These tips may help you, family, or friends deal with those moments where feelings […]