Mental Health e-News (October 2016)
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Pearls of Wisdom and Role of Family in Children's Mental Health
"We'll meet teachers and people who will pass on pearls of wisdom unknowingly for the rest of our lives," said America's former first daughter and NBC Today contributing correspondent, Jenna Bush Hager, who brought focus to the importance of family to the mental and emotional health of children at the Pearls of Wisdom Luncheon on Wednesday, September 14.

At a time when children's mental wellness is at the forefront of so many issues, Heather Simpson, luncheon chair; Gwen Emmett, honorary luncheon chair; and host committee members Debbie Dalton, Julia DeWalch, Patty
Dominguez, Emily Emmett, Ann Friedman, Anne Frischkorn, Fiona Guinn, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Molly Hackett LaFauci, Donna Perillo, Esther Perrine, Mary Eliza Shaper, Diane Scardino, Limor Smith, Adrienne Vanderbloemen, and Barby Weiner supported fundraising efforts for child and family centered programs at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.

Top supporters of the event included presenting sponsor Texas Children's Hospital and long-time supporters, Joan and Stanford Alexander, The Burguières
Family, The McIngvale Family, The Hackett Family, and Connie and Eric Estopinal.

The afternoon concluded with a raffle of a beautiful classic pearl necklace provided by J. Landa. The winning ticket was drawn by luncheon emcee, Deborah Duncan, host of Great Day Houston, and won by Ken Janda.

Top: Gwen Emmett, Honorary Luncheon Chair; Jenna Bush Hager, Keynote Speaker; Susan Fordice, President & CEO of MHA of Greater Houston; and Heather Simpson, Luncheon Chair
Middle Left: Texas Children's Hospital, Presenting Sponsor
Middle Right: T'Liza Kiel, Veterans Behavioral Health Program Manager and Ken Janda
Bottom Left: Patty
Dominguez, Barbara Coleman, Pat Banfill and Dolores Warner
Bottom Right: Maureen Hackett and Jenna Bush Hager

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MHA of Greater Houston will release the Integrated Health Care Systems recommendations report on October 19. Members of the workgroup will be present to provide information and answer questions. In August 2015, Mental Health America of Greater Houston convened stakeholders to develop recommendations regarding financing and workforce preparation for integrated health care in Texas. After an intensive information-gathering process, the stakeholder group ultimately prioritized 18 consensus recommendations.

To RSVP, email Lauren Pursley, Program Coordinator at
Educator Strategies for Addressing Student Trauma
In response to the growing need for trauma-informed education, the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston is hosting its first annual conference, Educator Strategies for Addressing Student Trauma.
The conference, underwritten by Houston Endowment, is scheduled for Friday, October 21 at Region IV Education Service Center. Breakout sessions are designed to offer educators ready-to-use resources and strategies to create trauma-informed classrooms and schools. We are excited to announce that this event is sold out!
When faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer, people oftentimes feel extreme anxiety, anger, sadness, and the ultimate feeling of hopelessness. The thought of living with cancer can be overwhelming. While most living with cancer, especially those with a strong support network tend to be more accepting of the diagnosis over time, others fall into a deeper stage of depression which can alter the course of their cancer and affect their ability to receive treatment. If you or someone you know develops depression after being diagnosed with cancer it is important not to ignore your symptoms of depression. Talk to a doctor about treating your depression while undergoing cancer treatment.

For more information about Cancer and Depression, click
New Staff
T'Liza Kiel joins the staff as the Veterans Behavioral Health Program Manager. Kiel is no stranger to the affects of war and the challenges of military life. She served eight years in the Texas Army National Guard. A year and a half after being deployed to Iraq, she began to see firsthand the effects of war including several suicides within her brigade. As a graduate student, Kiel focused on the mental health needs of service members, veterans and their families and found a passion in mental health advocacy.  It has resulted in her involvement with the veteran service network for three years, and her investment as a constant advocate and participant with many veteran platforms and events.
Endira Hawkins is the newest coordinator for Development, Communications and Advocacy. Prior to joining the organization, Hawkins worked for Fox Sports Network-The Woodlands in Media Services and Network Operations, and as a Communications Instructor at Prairie View A&M University. Additionally, Hawkins has worked with The Amobi Okoye Foundation and Houston Center for Literacy. She is a Board Member and the Training Chair for the Junior League of The Woodlands. She is also a community volunteer with organizations including Interfaith of The Woodlands, Couture for the Cause Montgomery County, Montgomery County Food Bank, Houston Food Bank, and Catholic Charities.
The Perinatal Learning Community
For the past year, the Perinatal Learning Community has provided in-depth education on postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders to professionals who work with mothers. As a continuation of this work, the learning community hosted its first Resource Share and Speed Networking Breakfast which enabled participating members to engage with leading care agencies, including Santa Maria
Hospital, Sun Behavioral Hospital, The Center for Family Postpartum Health, Baylor Teen Clinic and Counseling Solutions. Mental Health America of Greater Houston is pleased to include Ben Taub Hospital, LBJ Hospital and Texas Woman’s University in its most recent perinatal mood and anxiety disorders trainings. These trainings are designed to provide the staff at these hospitals with education to better identify and care for women experiencing mental health concerns.
National Promotores de Salud and Community Health Workers Day
On September 16, President Obama commenced National Promotores de Salud and Community Health Workers Day. In recognition of this observance, Tiffany Ross, Director of Education and Outreach at Mental Health America of Greater Houston, in conjunction with Dia de La Mujer, presented Behavioral Health Resources to community health workers from across the state. The September 30 presentation described common mental health issues and their signs and symptoms. Ross additionally offered strategies to help paraprofessionals support individuals with mental health concerns find mental health resources and offered coaching to help consumers access resources.
For training at your organization, contact Tiffany Ross, Director of Education and Outreach at
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