In Texas’ Panhandle, a long-awaited oasis for mental health care is springing up
The region that includes Amarillo, a Panhandle city of more than 200,000 people, and surrounding towns has long been a mental health care desert. Officials hope a new $159 million hospital can help reduce a massive spike in suicide attempts.
UH psychology professor talks about mental health after release of Megan Thee Stallion’s latest song ‘Cobra’
After the release of her most recent song, Cobra, one Houston native has found herself trending again after she shed a unique light on what it means to use your public platform to share awareness about mental health.
World Mental Health Day: Young Houstonians help peers address mental health
Mental Health is fast becoming one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, especially for young people. The city of Houston is taking a unique approach to make sure young people have support and resources when they need help.
Will Texas’ new fentanyl awareness curriculum for public schools succeed where other anti-drug messaging failed?
Historically, anti-drug messaging in schools has failed to acknowledge the mental health reasons that youth self-medicate. Without that key lesson, advocates worry House Bill 3908 will be another D.A.R.E. campaign.
Veteran lawmaker offers support for Judge Lina Hidalgo, recounts making similar decision
A retired lawmaker offered words of support for Judge Lina Hidalgo during Tuesday’s Harris County commissioner’s court meeting. This was the first meeting since Hidalgo announced she was taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for clinical depression.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo taking leave of absence to receive treatment for clinical depression
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Monday that she is temporarily stepping away from her elected position and has checked herself into an inpatient facility where she is receiving treatment for clinical depression.
Youth Mental Health First Aid helping Houston-area school districts address teen mental health challenges
From unrealistic academic expectations to the pressure of portraying the perfect life on social media, teens today are overloaded with stress and in many cases, it’s leading to significant and serious mental health issues.
This year, Texas lawmakers zeroed in on existing health care programs, leaving bolder measures by the wayside
Pregnant moms on Medicaid will get health care coverage for a year, patients will get more detailed billing and nurses will get help with school loans. But efforts failed to gain steam for legalizing fentanyl test strips, increasing the pool of mental health professionals who accept Medicaid and expanding Medicaid benefits to more Texans.
Listen: Through art, keepsakes and advocacy, families are making sure the 21 Uvalde victims are not forgotten
Wednesday marks exactly a year since a mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. The community continues to grapple with the trauma and pain, and for those who lost someone that day, they’re determined to keep the memories of their loved ones alive.
Texas schools say it’s time to stop tying mental health funding to school safety money
Federal pandemic aid helped build public school mental health services in Texas. School officials now brace for the expiration of those funds next year. They’re urging lawmakers to create a dedicated funding stream for mental health assistance in schools.
‘You are not the only one’: Experts speak on loneliness being declared an epidemic in America
The US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared on Tuesday that loneliness is now an epidemic in America. He says the country is experiencing a crisis of disconnection, and it has costly consequences. Murthy released an advisory
Workforce shortages in the state psychiatric hospital system prolong jail time for mentally ill Texans
The state has added more beds for jail inmates who need psychiatric treatment to be considered competent to face trial. But at least a third remain empty because the state can’t hire enough people to staff them.
Texas executes Arthur Brown Jr. for Houston slayings despite claims of innocence, intellectual disability
Brown’s appeals ran out after almost 30 years on death row. Defense attorneys claim Harris County prosecutors hid evidence pointing to another suspect in the 1992 shooting deaths of four people in a Houston drug house.
Mental wellness service expansion: Ibn Sina Foundation receives $1.6 million in community project funding
A mental wellness service expansion is happening at Ibn Sina Foundation, thanks to $1.6 million in community project funding under Omnibus Appropriation Bill for the 2023 fiscal year, according to a news release.
Harris County introduces $14.3 million initiative aimed at combating growing mental health crisis
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo along with Congressional delegates held a news conference on Thursday introducing a $14.3 million initiative aimed at combating the growing mental health crisis, especially among our adolescent and youth population.
988 suicide prevention number: There’s a new national hotline for mental health. How will we pay for it?
The mental health version of 911 is set to launch nationwide next month with hopes it will be a game changer for suicide prevention and other emergencies, but some mental health professionals worry they will not be ready to handle the anticipated flood of calls.
Mayor Turner, city council approves funding for 3 mental health initiatives
Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city council passed three ordinances on Wednesday that will allocate the city of Houston American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA) funding into behavioral health programs that are intended to assist the Houston Police Department when handling mental health crisis calls.
New, state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital in Texas Medical Center will change lives, experts say
The new facility accommodates multiple patient populations and levels of treatment with access to medication management, group, and individual therapy, educational and life skills training and much more.
How to cope with depression after COVID-19 diagnosis
The pandemic has created a mental health crisis. There’s been a surge in the need for therapy sessions. And now that more people are facing a diagnosis for the first time, it’s sparking a feeling of defeat that psychologists are noticing among specific groups who catch COVID.
How to manage your mental health over the holidays
The holiday season typically goes hand in hand with parties and celebrations. For many people, those are just some of the elements that make Christmas time so fun. But this is also a critically important time to prioritize and manage your mental health, said Andrea Taylor, a PhD and psychologist with UT Physicians.