Counselor Abraham Samaniego is currently seeing about 45 patients up to twice a week. He can relate to some of his patients because he once attempted suicide.
We are a Texas-based organization, so it’s no wonder that this site has a Texas tag. However, Texas is a huge and diverse state, and much of what goes on here is applicable to people and communities throughout the nation. As a state with a uniquely visible political culture, two major research universities (The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University), and four of the 11 largest cities in the nation, there are many reasons for non-Texans to keep their finger on the pulse of the Lone Star State.
Krishant Dania says even after what he witnessed, he feels safe on-campus. However, he says more work needs to be done. “I feel like the mental health stuff needs to be stressed even more,” Dania said. “It’d be cool if people, myself included, looked out for other people more with regard to mental health.”
Today, the Center for Place-Based Initiatives, an innovative program of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, issued its second Call for Ideas — inviting people from every part of the community to offer ideas for improving health in tangible ways.
A federal program that provides health insurance for about 390,000 Texas children must be reauthorized by Congress by the end of the month. Most of the children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, are in working-class families. “This is a lifeline,” says Joyce Mauk, a pediatrician in Fort Worth and president Read more
After widespread flooding that destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people, many of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma are now in the middle of a critical period, mental health experts say. That’s because symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) typically start to appear in the weeks following a disaster.
A new report on Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in the DFW region shows that many children have missed out on vital services due to state cuts.
Tyler police chief addresses need for mental health resources during Tyler Together Race Relations Forum
Tyler Together makes a commitment to find community members to address topics of concern for residents in the area. With mental health being a big topic in national conversations, the group decided it was time to have the conversation at their monthly forum.
“Unlike the physical damage which is all too obvious, the psychological toll will have effects that cascade over time,” Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote in an email. Hurricane Harvey
If you take a drive through Port Aransas, the reminders of Hurricane Harvey are at every turn. For a community of survivors that are trying their best to move on, the psychological effects of the storm are taking a toll.
Those receiving and providing assistance can be affected by the distress of a catastrophic natural disaster. Ideal interventions promote the evidence-based principles of Psychological First Aid, including: safety, calming, self- and community-efficacy, social connectedness, and a sense of hope/optimism. Check out this compilation of related resources.
The University of the Incarnate Word was one of two Texas universities to receive Hogg Foundation funding to address social determinants of health. Instead of treating a disease, osteopathic medicine aims to delve deeper, looking into family culture, background, living circumstances and work.
If you are among those concerned about our city’s struggles with the homeless or think increasing jail populations and costs are issues that must be addressed, we direct your attention to a recent study on Northeast Texas mental health.
Despite the ubiquity of mental illness, prevailing social stigmas all too often discourage patients from establishing healthy social structures and receiving the necessary medical care. These negative attitudes directly lead to unnecessary difficulty in maintaining employment, romantic relationships, and other facets of daily life.
Toxic stresses combined with poor infrastructure threaten hundreds of thousands of residents of U.S. communities on the Mexican border, according to new research that examines living conditions in the impoverished colonias.
Habitat for Humanity was given $100,000, which they’ll use to combat homelessness and build homes for veterans. Community Healthcore received $300,000, which will be used to target mental illness and outreach for veterans. Both groups urge anyone who knows of a veteran needing assistance to contact them.
On Oct. 17, faculty and staff of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin will begin treating patients at UT Health Austin, a new practice that will use innovative team-based models and strategies to provide care focused on an individual’s health and personal goals.
The San Antonio Clubhouse, NAMI, the Health Collaborative and other advocates say the “Psycho Asylum” Haunted House “perpetuates the stigma surrounding mental illness.”
Hicks said he hopes his gift to the school helps to reduce the average amount of debt to around $20,000 for graduating social work students, though he knows it may take years to accomplish it. Social work sophomore Madeline Nassif said self-care is stressed in social work, and worrying about debts or money may negatively Read more
Children exposed to violence in their homes can suffer throughout their lives. They are, as studies from the U.S. Department of Justice have shown, more prone to commit suicide.
Dawn Lee of Hickory Creek created Mindful Mums, a grassroots initiative to use homecoming mums and garters as vehicles to raise awareness and funds for Youth & Family Counseling of Denton County (YFC), which has been offering quality mental health services for all income levels since 1981.
Three UNT professors were recently given a $313,000 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for the Play for the Future project, which will help five elementary schools in the community.
Did you know that Latino children are far more likely than their peers to suffer from depression and other mental health issues that often go untreated? This has big implications for San Antonio, which has a majority Latino population.
A new United States Census Bureau report shows the percentage of uninsured Texans dropped from 22.1 percent in 2013 to 16.6 percent in 2016. Despite the drop, Texas still reported the highest uninsured rate of all 50 states — and almost double the national uninsured rate of 8.8 percent.
History suggests that social services will be in high demand for months. Are caseworkers in Texas and Florida prepared?
According to a Government Accounting Office report from earlier this year, more than 57,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were discharged for misconduct from 2011 through 2015 though they had been diagnosed with a mental health condition in the two years before their discharges. veteran mental health
It says something about us, something unnerving, that the general response to mass murder in Plano seems to be a stale round of oversimplified bickering over guns.
Medical professionals are keeping an eye out for people having difficulty dealing with the trauma of losing their homes during Hurricane Harvey.
Evidenced by elevated rates of depression and suicide, Northeast Texas residents generally have poorer mental health than elsewhere in the state, new research has found. A lack of treatment facilities is among the reasons. mental health in East Texas
Counseling and Mental Health Center addresses current mental health issues during annual Suicide Prevention Week
Kelsey Lammy, Counseling and Mental Health Center’s mental health promotion coordinator, said this year’s Suicide Prevention Week theme is community, and is intended to foster an environment in which students take care of each other, especially in the context of current events.