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As we come to the close of Suicide Prevention Month we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the work that is being done around the country as well as the work we are doing here at The Harris Center and the partners we serve as the Regional Suicide Care Support Center.
As Zero Suicide is part of the current and future oriented strategic planning at our agency, suicide care is something we are always focused on, however, this month we did put a focus on sending out weekly educational emails, increased our awareness posts on Twitter and Facebook and introduced the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging calendar with an emphasis on how this work impacts suicide prevention work.
While many great efforts have taken place during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, there is still much more work to be done. In 2019 more than 47,000 people died by suicide and 1 Million more people attempted suicide in the United States alone. Every day a person is affected by suicide in some capacity; and thus, every day we should continue to raise awareness and support suicide safe care efforts in our communities. We will be continuing the discussion here at The Harris Center by sending suicide care tips, resources, and news to your inboxes each month, creating a new suicide-care page in the Harrisphere, offering additional training opportunities, and continuing efforts toward implementing the Zero Suicide Framework.
It is our hope that the resources you received this month, and in the upcoming months, will help you to continue discussions about suicide safe care with your colleagues, families, friends, and the community at large.
As The Harris Center’s crisis division, the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) provides services to individuals in Harris County experiencing a mental health crisis. From its 24-hour Crisis Line to its internationally-recognized collaborations with law enforcement, the CPEP is constantly working to reach those who need help.
We are pleased to announce the expansion of The Harris Center's Primary Care Services, in close partnership with The University of Houston's College of Medicine. This service is designed to help clients reach health-related goals, provide access to health coaching, offer healthcare screenings, transportation to and from your scheduled healthcare visits and so much more.
As a response to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center) is collaborating with Harris County to lead a new community wellness and resiliency program to support communities in Harris County, Texas. Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities, a locally led mental wellness and resiliency initiative, will focus on ten Harris County zip codes (i.e.,77093, 77504, 77022, 77076, 77090, 77060, 77033, 77091, 77038, 77450) that underutilize traditional mental health care and have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 as well other public health issues, such as suicide. The program aims to leverage natural and existing social support systems to create a community-led network of emotional supports and assistance.
HOUSTON – Feb. 11, 2020 – The Board of Trustees of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD approved today a significant step to move forward with the implementation of an Electronic Health Record system (EHR) that will bring improved health outcomes for those with serious mental illness in Harris County. The Harris Center is working with Harris Health System to implement a tailored to fit EHR to support the center’s complex health care operations.
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