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Athletes Need Treatment For Mental Health Issues As Much As Sore Ankles

Posted on · Mental health issues are common among athletes and are just as important to treat as physical injuries, according to a Houston-area sports psychologist and sports medicine specialist.

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Using Church as Mental Health Outreach

Posted on · Dr. Rheeda Walker is a psychology professor at the University of Houston, and she’s the lead consultant for the Advancing Emotional Health initiative at Wheeler Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward. She holds free workshops at a number of African American churches in Houston on mental health awareness. The World Health Organization estimates one in four […]

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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Posted on · We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it. Dian Nostikasari […]

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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (February 10, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

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Affordable Housing, and Mental Health Care Issues; Houston Matters Weekend (January 7, 2017)

Posted on · A question that perplexes potential home buyers and renters: where’s the affordable housing for the rest of us? The Search for Affordable Housing has More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers in the middle- to lower-income market, making less than $50,000 a year. Many are “rent-burdened,” which means they spend more than the recommended 30 […]

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Art Exhibit Shows ‘What It’s Like’ to Struggle with Mental Health Issues

Posted on · On Friday (Jan. 6, 2017) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at RecRoom downtown, there’s an art exhibit featuring the work of visual artists struggling with mental health issues along with pieces depicting those who are dealing with a mental health diagnosis. The nonprofit What It’s Like Project is putting on the show. It’s called Exposis, […]

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Community Health Center Permanently Integrates Mental Health Services

Posted on · Legacy Community Health recently announced it will integrate mental health into its primary care practice to better identify and treat conditions like depression and anxiety. The program started as a temporary plan, but it’s now going to be a permanent part of the community center. To learn more about the changes and the resources the […]

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Election Guide for Procrastinators: Monday’s Show (November 7, 2016)

Posted on · So you didn’t get a chance to vote early, and you’ve been actively avoiding presidential politics in recent days. But you’d still like a primer on some local races and ballot initiatives before voting. No worries – we’ve got your back – as on this edition of Houston Matters, we offer a last-minute Houston election […]

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The Book of Whispers: A Family’s Struggle with Bipolar Disorder

Posted on · Jake McClain Driver was a teenager when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He struggled with the mental illness for years before taking his life at the age of 26. The Book of Whispers: A Father and Son’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder is a new book that includes several poems Jake wrote. It also includes […]

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Integrating Mental Health Treatment Into After School Programs

Posted on · In June, the David and Helen Gurley Brown Trust awarded the Menninger Clinic a grant for $7.5 million to develop after school programs. But these programs won’t focus on academic achievements. They’ll seek to improve kids’ social and emotional learning — skills that help create and maintain good relationships, develop empathy, set goals and make sound […]

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How Did a Rape Victim End Up Jailed — and How Can Similar Instances Be Prevented?

Posted on · Last December (2015), a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not […]

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Jailed Witness and Domestic Abuse Housing: Tuesday’s Show (September 6, 2016)

Posted on · Last December, a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand. Now the woman is suing the […]