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Preventing suicide in Houston: These are resources everyone needs to know
9/12/2022 - KPRC

In Houston, teens and young adults die by suicide at the highest rates compared to other age groups, according to the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. If you need help now, call the crisis line at 9-8-8. If you prefer to text, text home to 741-741. You can also chat at

Improve mental health during climate change, natural disasters
9/9/2022 - Texas Tribune

For people with mental health concerns, it’s important to monitor and address day-to-day symptoms, Johnson said. They should also focus on preparing for the natural disaster, like everyone else. “That’s important not only because technical preparation is important, but being prepared and anticipating (a storm) gives you a sense of control,” said Wayne Young, CEO of the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD in Houston.

Nearly 40 percent increase in calls after rollout of 988 suicide and crisis hotline in Houston
9/9/2022 - Houston Public Media

The Harris Center for Mental Health, which houses the call center covering Southeast Texas, said calls have spiked 38 percent in the first six weeks of its launch. This is compared to calls during the same time last year to the 1-800 suicide prevention number — the main crisis hotline before this summer.

How to care for your mental health in the age of climate change and worsening natural disasters
9/8/2022 - KXXV

"The uncertainty and that kind of threat looms large for everybody,” Young, CEO of the Harris Center, said. “All of the uncertainty creates distress. If we’re not already in a place with strong resiliency and wellness then that can impact us even greater.”

Storm after storm, climate change increases strain on Texans’ mental health
9/8/2022 - KERA News

Wayne Young, the CEO of the Harris Center, Harris County’s government-funded and state-designated mental health authority, said he started noticing in 2017 and 2018 that patients who had lived through the previous devastating floods that hit Houston were showing symptoms of re-traumatization: sleep disruption, anxiousness and an inability to regulate emotions.

Suicide prevention: The unsuspecting demographic that’s at-risk
9/6/2022 - KPRC

September is suicide prevention month and the issue has never been more forefront than now.

988: Transforming America’s Behavioral Health Safety Net
7/18/2022 - American Hospital Association

The Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is one of the local centers and answers 38% of all Lifeline calls in Texas. The 988 transition goes live on July 16, 2022. The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will continue to remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 launches nationally.

New mental health crisis line, 988, launched in Texas
7/18/2022 - Community Impact News

According to an HHS spokesperson, Texas has four Lifeline call centers that are contracted by HHS: the Harris Center, Integral Care, Emergence Health Network and MMHR of Tarrant County. A fifth center, the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, is a volunteer call center.

A range of Texas agencies travel to Uvalde to assist community
7/7/2022 - KTSM

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) continues to coordinate with Hill Country MHDD Centers and the Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to operate the dedicated mental health hotline to support Uvalde residents. 

Houston’s mental health police task force calls for an increase in crisis diversion funding
2/18/2022 - Houston Public Media

The Houston Police Department and the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD collaborate to divert 911 calls involving mental health crises to counselors at the Harris Center. Wayne Young, CEO of the Harris Center, said counselors on the crisis call diversion team also connect callers with additional resources after deescalating the situation. 

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