Mental Health e-News (May 2016)
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May is Mental Health Month
Create a Culture of
Awareness and Hope

May is Mental Health Month and Mental Health America of Greater Houston continues its mission to increase mental health awareness, and eliminate the culture of shame and silence surrounding mental illness.

“There is real power in sharing your story. Sharing is the key to breaking down the stigma associated with mental illnesses and showing others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms,” said
Susan Fordice, president and CEO of MHA of Greater Houston.

Young Artists Bring Awareness to Mental Health with Gallery Exhibit
at The Health Museum

Half of all lifetime mental illnesses occur by age 14 and the face of mental health gets younger. Few kids or families talk about mental health, but the #HTxMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest, established by MHA of Greater Houston and the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, opens the door for children, parents and communities to begin conversations about mental health.

Advocates Laud Passage of HB 2079
Texas’ First Postpartum Depression Awareness Observance

A mother’s mental health is critical to the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of herself and her children. For the first time this May, advocates across the Lone Star State are raising public awareness on the serious impact of postpartum depression (PPD) on the safety and healthy development of our state's mothers, children and families.

Advocates Gather At State Capitol to Kick off PPD Awareness Month

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance (PPHA) and MHA of Greater Houston in collaboration with perinatal mental health advocates, mothers and families convened on April 30th at the State Capitol in Austin for a Kickoff event for Texas' first Postpartum Depression Awareness Month.

YCMF Advisory Committee Observes Postpartum Depression Awareness Month with Film Screening

On May 11th, the Yates Children Memorial Fund Advisory Committee at MHA of Greater Houston hosted more than 200 mothers, advocates and medical community members for a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Dark Side of the Full Moon,” at Midtown Arts & Theater Center (MATCH) Houston to bring greater focus to the mental health of mothers. With the help of Executive Producer Dr. Shoshana Bennett, the film follows two women with firsthand knowledge of the challenges of postpartum depression, as they document their journey in uncovering disparities within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat new mothers.

Local Advocates Join City Council in Recognition of Greater Houston Children's Mental Health Week

On May 3rd, MHA of Greater Houston and Nick Finnegan Counseling Center (NFCC) attended the Houston City Council meeting for the official reading of the proclamation declaring May 1-7,  Greater Houston Children’s Mental Health Week by Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen.

Picture (from left to right): 
Audrey Omenson, LPC-S, Clinical Director at NFCC, Paige Roane, LMFT-Associate, Community Relations Specialist at NFCC, Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen, Mary Magness Hand, Executive Director at NFCC and Traci Patterson, Director of Communications at MHA of Greater Houston.
  • Director of Policy and Government Relations
  • Professional Development and Program Manager
  • Director of Impact and Program Evaluation

MHA of Greater Houston 2016
Annual Meeting

Featuring special guest,
Andy Keller, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

June 2, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center
6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street
Houston, Texas 77007

Light Refreshments: 5:00 pm
Meeting Begins: 5:45 pm

There is NO Cost to Attend |
Online RSVP Required | Parking is Free | Business Attire

MHA of Greater Houston Upcoming Workshops, Trainings and Events

MHA of Greater Houston is your one-stop resource for mental health education and training, advocacy events and integrated health care learning opportunities.

Powerful Mind, Powerful Body Yoga -
   Monday, May 16, 23, 30

Powerful Mind, Powerful Body Mindfulness Meditation - Monday, May 16, 23, 30
Powerful Mind, Powerful Body Group Fitness -
   Thursday, May 19, 26

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Training - Wednesday, May 18

Print, Order and Share Mental Health Resources During
May for Mental Health Month

The Guide is a listing of mental health resources in Greater Houston and Harris County that are low-cost and/or affordable.  It features resources for Children/Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults/Elderly and Veterans and identifies several resources for Spanish speakers. The Guide is widely used and distributed by schools, hospitals, clinics, mental health professionals and call centers. 

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