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Statewide resource helps with pandemic-related stress
1/18/2022 - KLTV

Texas Health and Human Services says they’ve received more than 20,000 calls to their COVID-19 mental health support line since March 2020. Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid from mental health professionals.

How Mental Illness Can Increase COVID Risk: Shots
1/3/2022 - ApXap

The risk of death from COVID-19 increased by 50% for people with a history of mental illness compared to those without such a history, says Li, who is now the Chief Medical Officer of the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD in Texas.

States, cities setting up mental health hotlines for those struggling during pandemic
1/3/2022 - ABC Action News

The pandemic has taken a toll on many people's mental health, leading health agencies across the country to set up hotlines for struggling people. Jennifer Battle with the Harris Center for Mental Health in Texas said the agency has been getting phone calls from health care workers, parents and teachers.

Victim of violent crime in Houston area? This is help you need to know about
12/31/2021 - KPRC

See resources available to anyone who has been impacted by crime and their families.

Pandemic exacerbates anxiety, depression in Bay Area residents
12/27/2021 - Community Impact News

According to data from The Harris Center, the center’s crisis line has seen a 58% increase in callers since April 2020 who presented symptoms, concerns or suicidal ideation requiring a telephonic mental health assessment as well as a 34% rise in calls from county residents via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is answered by The Harris Center crisis line.

COVID-19 in Texas: Omicron may exacerbate pandemic mental health concerns
12/24/2021 - Defender Network

Earlier in the week, someone called the state’s COVID-19 mental health support line to talk through their family’s decision to cancel Christmas celebrations amid the rapid spread of the omicron... 

COVID-19 in Texas: Omicron may exacerbate pandemic mental health concerns
12/24/2021 - KPRC

For mental health support related to COVID-19, call the state’s 24/7 toll-free support line at 833-986-1919 or text “COVID” to 832-479-2135. 

COVID-19 in Texas: Omicron may exacerbate pandemic mental health concerns
12/24/2021 - Texas Tribune

The support line has seen a 20% increase in calls since early December, as a new COVID-19 variant began to emerge just in time for the holiday season. Battle said a quarter of callers last week dialed in to talk about holidays, Christmas, vaccines or boosters, according to her analysis. 


DA Ogg Honored for Leading Criminal Justice Reform in Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health
12/15/2021 - Forward Times

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg receives the Lone Star Award from the Association. After the award reception, Ogg answered a few questions about her philosophy when it comes to reforming how the criminal justice system addresses mental health.

Embedding Crisis Response in Harris County’s 911 Dispatch Center
12/14/2021 - Crisis Talk

Between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm, seven days a week, behavioral health call takers sit alongside 911 call takers at the Houston Office of Emergency Management, ready to meet the mental health crisis needs of Harris County’s 4.1 million people.

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