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Comprehensive Mental Health Care: The Harris Center's Holistic Approach to Well-being

The National Institute of Health estimates that more than 57 million Americans cope with mental health needs. While this is a common challenge, the array of available treatments offers hope. The Harris Center is privileged to provide a diverse range of services, ensuring that every individual receives the care they need.

"A comprehensive approach to mental health care involves cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, medication management, medication training and support, nursing services, and connecting people with other therapies and resources. Each element plays a crucial role in ensuring holistic well-being and successful outcomes," explained Tiffanie Williams-Brooks, Director of Children and Adolescent Services at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely used and effective treatment for various mental health issues. At The Harris Center, licensed clinicians provide CBT to help individuals recognize and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their mental health challenges. This evidence-based therapy is often used to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and other mood disorders. Additionally, The Harris Center offers skills training, including anger management and social skills training, to help individuals manage their mental health. 

Medication Management 

Medication management is a crucial aspect of mental health treatment, particularly for individuals taking medication to manage their symptoms. At The Harris Center, medication management involves education and support from psychiatrists and other clinicians to ensure clients understand their medication, its purpose, and potential side effects. Clinicians educate clients about their medication, including symptoms and side effects, to help them make informed decisions about their treatment. 

Connecting People with Resources

At The Harris Center, caseworkers offer thorough case management to ensure that clients are aware of all the resources available including financial supports, housing, counseling and therapy. 

"Case management is essential as it connects clients and families with various resources. We offer a range of programs and therapies at The Harris Center, tailoring each approach to suit every individual. Everyone is unique, and so is their journey. For instance, while some may benefit from one-on-one therapy, others may find a group setting more beneficial, or even a combination of both," said Williams-Brooks.

Nursing Services for Children

Our mental health and physical health are closely linked. It’s important to ensure that we also meet the physical health needs of families and children. Nursing services at The Harris Center play a pivotal role in this regard. Nurses actively educate families on fostering healthy eating habits, especially in conjunction with medication regimens, to promote successful treatment outcomes. Additionally, The Harris Center collaborates with the Houston Food Bank to ensure families nutritional needs are met.

“It’s important to have a healthy mind and body,” said Williams-Brooks. “In order to have successful treatment and services, you also need to have a healthy diet.”

The Harris Center is Here to Help

The Harris Center's comprehensive approach to mental health care ensures that individuals receive support from multiple aspects, including therapies, medications when necessary, and community resources.

“Taking care of mental health is so important. There are many resources available in the community, and they are there for you to utilize,” said Williams-Brooks. "Our 24/7 crisis line has been instrumental in saving lives. Knowing that we've made a difference is incredibly rewarding. The Harris Center is here to help.”

The Harris Center serves as a critical support network for families in Harris County, providing a 24/7 crisis hotline. Call 713-970-7000 for immediate assistance or 988 the suicide and crisis line. A team of licensed professional counselors is there to assist.