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Zero Suicide: A Personal Story – The Sophie Fund
12/10/2021 - The Sophie Fund

Wykisha McKinney lost her brother Johnny to suicide in 2004 and subsequently struggled with suicidal thoughts herself as she coped with a beloved sibling’s death. She shared her story in “A Zero Suicide Story,” a presentation at the Suicide Prevention Center of New York’s “AIM for Zero: Suicide Care is Healthcare” symposium.

Improving Response to Mental Health Incidents
12/8/2021 - Police Magazine

Following several years of research into the vast numbers of calls for service Houston PD was responding to that were coded as mental health-related, the agency’s Mental Health Division developed the Crisis Call Diversion (CCD), a multi-agency collaboration between the centralized 911 call center—the Houston Emergency Center (HEC)—and the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.

Why COVID poses a greater risk to people with a mental health diagnosis
11/17/2021 - NPR's All Things Considered

The CDC recently added people with mental illness to the list of those who should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. Our CMO Dr. Luming Li discusses the impact of COVID on individuals with mental illness and why it is critical that we provide vaccine information to individuals with mental illness and prioritize their needs.

Parent to Parent: How to see if your child could be struggling following Astroworld tragedy
11/10/2021 - Fox 26 Houston

The tragedy at AstroWorld is affecting more people than you may think. Counseling services are being offered, and it’s a tool that parents may really want to consider for their child whether or not they went to the concert.

Crisis line available as Astroworld attendees process traumatic experience
11/9/2021 - KHOU-11

Calls are rising at the Harris Center for Mental Health and counselors are ready to respond.

Here’s 7 Organizations Offering Resources and Support Following Astroworld Festival
11/9/2021 - Houstonia Mag

As the largest mental health and developmental disability care center in Texas, The Harris Center is offering free counseling provided for Astroworld survivors. 

Dealing with trauma and understanding crowd safety in the Astroworld Festival aftermath
11/9/2021 - Houston Public Media

A psychiatrist and a crowd control expert explore the mental health impacts of surviving the Astroworld tragedy, as well as the risks and strategies of crowd control.

Harris County officials unveil new three-year $8.93M community-initiated mental health care initiative
10/26/2021 - Community Impact News

Following the Harris County Commissioners Court's unanimous approval of a three-year interlocal agreement with The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD—which serves people with mental, intellectual or developmental disabilites—on Oct. 26, county officials will develop and implement a new community-initiated mental health care initiative known as Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities.

Black People, the Pandemic and Suicide: Is There a Connection?
10/2/2021 - The Defender Network

Though Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September) has come and gone, suicide is a problem that impacts us year-round. And yes, suicide is a rapidly growing issue for Black people. Hence, the Defender spoke with several therapists and other professionals who confront this issue almost daily.

A Houston U.S. ARMY veteran homeless 20 years gets housing
9/28/2021 - CW 39

The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston reported over 3,000 people were living on the streets. United States ARMY veteran Roger Brock is one of them. He is a veteran who has been homeless for twenty years. Under Houston freeway underpasses, the tents are lined up like chess pieces. Each slightly different but all part of the same board.

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