Mental Health America of Greater Dallas

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas

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Yale researchers have devised a way to peer into the brains of two people simultaneously while are engaged in discussion. What they found will not surprise anyone who has found themselves arguing about politics or social issues.

When two people agree, their brains exhibit a calm synchronicity of activity focused on sensory areas of the brain. When they disagree, however, many other regions of the brain involved in higher cognitive functions become mobilized as each individual combats the other’s argument.

"When in agreement, brain activity is harmonious and tended to be concentrated on sensory areas of the brain such as the visual system, presumably in response to social cues from their partner. However, during disputes these areas of the brain are less active. Meanwhile, activity increased in the brain’s frontal lobes, home of higher order executive functions."- Joy Hirsch, the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and professor of comparative medicine and neuroscience
I'm just so honored to be involved
Free counseling services for those in need. Call or text us: (855) 445-0636

I am excited to announce that I am volunteering through Mosaic Therapy Virtual Clinic which offers Free therapy for kids and their families online.

If you know anyone interested in these services, please pass this information along. If you know anyone interested in volunteering please let me know.

FAQ:
Who can participate?
Anyone, but our target audience is children and families.

Who provides the service?
Master’s level therapists, independently licensed therapists, social workers, and psychologists.

Currently, we have counselors in Illinois, Washington, and Texas. So please only refer families from these states! (Looking for someone to volunteer in New York to bring these services to the state being most impacted)

What service is included:
Our therapists provide a safe space for clients to check-in and manage stress and anxiety related to the current national emergency. Therapists utilize positive psychology, CBT orientation to help kids and families be proactive about managing stress in this time of uncertainty.

When are the services provided?
Services are provided via our Virtual Clinic, i.e. HIPAA compliant google hangouts at a time that is scheduled by client/parents/ therapist. To be 100% clear this is a short term mental health check-ins for kids and families during the national emergency.

How do I pay?
At this time there is NO COST for short term mental health check-ins during the COVID19 national emergency. Kids and families can receive up to 6 short term sessions.

How can I begin receiving services for my child and/or family?
Providers, please ask families to self refer
Call or text us: (855) 445-0636
Online Form
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Will there be another Hoarding Conference in 2020?
Support us on September 20th for Texas Giving Day! Catch Sylvia Orozco Joseph talking about The WHO program. You can also get a peak of MHA-Texas' office!
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Please hear the brave, authentic and beautifully written words of an impressive 21 year old friend of mine. I thank Evelyn for her courage and wisdom. I never would have known this battle she is waging. From my perspective, she is a young woman with everything: drive, intelligence, warmth and unending opportunity ahead of her. Evelyn is a hard-working teammate and a natural leader and is clearly much more wise and self-aware than I was in my youth.
I am touched by Evelyn's story that reminds us to "Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about". May we all have courage to share our truth and our true selves because doing so is a gift to others, and thereby becomes a gift to ourselves.
(I have permission to share in hopes others may be comforted by the truth that you are not alone in feeling this way.)

Mental health is incredibly important for oneself to maintain self efficacy and self love. Unfortunately those who have gone through traumatic experiences sometimes cannot overcome the trauma.. it's very sad to see this happen to friends and loved ones. The film What Haunts Us shows us the consequences of such trauma and how victims of sexual abuse deal with their past and their mission to overcome the wrongdoings of a cruel manipulator. **This film might trigger any one with a history of sexual abuse or those suffering from PTSD due to sexual abuse** SVOD:
This is an upcoming training series. Hope many of you can find it useful!
Let It Go:
A Evening Of Creative Conversation

It's 2018, Another year to start fresh. So on this night, North Texans are invited to come and release, unburden and LET WHATEVER HAS HELD YOU BACK THIS PAST YEAR... GO!
Come be apart of a safe, supportive and multicultural Saturday night mix and mingle.

This will be a powerful and much needed verbal gathering where folks can speak freely about the things that held them back in 2017.

Together we will offer each other an opportunity to speak it, release it and replace the things that have blocked our blessing. Whether its people, places, job, exes, addiction, job, situations or lack of support.

On this night we gather at a place known for its community activism, support and knowledge The Dock Bookshop & Dock Community 6637 Meadowbrook Dr. Fort Worth Tx 76112

This will be a self lead discussion.
That means all of us will contribute.

Come be apart of the movement that empowers the people with the voice to speak freely on ANY ISSUE!

FREE ADMISSION AND FREE REFRESHMENTS FREE PARKING FREE ADVICE & LOTS OF SUPPORT!

MUSIC-NETWORKING-SUPPORT

Join us and LET IT GO!

We will have certified life coaches on hand as well as Certified Mental Health Professionals.

WE GOT YOU!

See you Saturday Jan 27th after the Family Night Event at the Dock Community.

(972) 704-5001 for information.

Bring Business Cards and an open mind.....

CLICK LINK TO SECURE YOUR SEAT https://www.eventbrite.com/e/let-it-go-tickets-41945126001
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Our mission is to lead the community in improving mental health through advocacy and education.

Operating as usual

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For your chance to win FREE ADMISSION to our November 11th conference ($125 value), SHARE this post and TAG a friend in the comments! You MUST DO BOTH in order to be entered in the raffle. The winner will be announced this Friday, 10/28 at 3pm.

🎟 Enter to win:
1. Share this post
2. Tag a friend in the comments (tag MULTIPLE people for additional entries)

** Entries accepted until 2pm on Friday **

For more information about the conference, visit: mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas to challenge myths of violence and mental illness Nov. 11 10/26/2022

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas to challenge myths of violence and mental illness Nov. 11

Executive Director Bonnie Cook said that her goal is to bring people from all sides together to discuss how local community members can continue working toward a solution to destigmatize mental illness.

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas to challenge myths of violence and mental illness Nov. 11 Mental Health America of Greater Dallas is looking to change the perspective on mental health and violence.

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Our latest press release addresses the 2023 State of Mental Health Report in America, and how Texas ranks within it. Check it out here: https://conta.cc/3TD4WdZ

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For your chance to win FREE ADMISSION to the November 11th conference ($125 value), SHARE this post and TAG a friend in the comments! You MUST DO BOTH in order to be entered in the raffle. The winner will be announced this Friday, 10/28 at 3pm.

🎟 Enter to win:
1. Share this post
2. Tag a friend in the comments

Want to up your chances of winning? Tag MULTIPLE people for additional entries.

** Entries accepted until 2pm on Friday **

For more information about the conference, visit: mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

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Join Mental Health America of Greater Dallas for a well-rounded program and discussion from various perspectives on challenging the myths of violence and mental illness on Fri, Nov 11, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Attendees will receive up-to-date research on violence and mental illness, information about prevention programs, ways the media can reduce stigma, and hear gun owners’ perspectives as advocates. Lunch is included.

REGISTER: mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

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Get ready for another thought-provoking presentation at our annual November conference on the 11th! The team from Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute's Health & Public Safety Division will be joining us to talk about correlations in mental health and violence. Get your ticket: mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

Toxic Workplaces Are Bad for Mental and Physical Health, Surgeon General Says 10/21/2022

Toxic Workplaces Are Bad for Mental and Physical Health, Surgeon General Says

Toxic Workplaces Are Bad for Mental and Physical Health, Surgeon General Says A mentally healthy workplace includes growth opportunities, work-life balance and community, according to America’s doctor.

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If you suspect you may be experiencing social anxiety, you can take our anxiety screen and use it to start a conversation with your doctor or a therapist: mhadallas.org/screening-tools

Also, know that you're not alone. Whether you’re introverted, living with social anxiety, or both – you can develop skills to build your resilience in draining situations and feel more relaxed around group settings.

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Our November 11th conference offers sponsorship packages as low as $500, and up to $1,500. You can also exhibit for just $350. Don't miss out on this opportunity to promote your business this fall! For more information and to fill out the form, go to mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

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Next Wednesday, October 26th, join MHA and Rural Minds for a live webinar to discuss the stigma and unique challenges people in rural areas face when caring for their mental health.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3eFSTNA

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In our continued quest to get the WHO Program into more school districts, our Community Outreach Coordinator, Megan, met with some really inspiring people last week who are doing GREAT work in our North Texas schools. There were so many mental health topics discussed and resources shared and explored 💗

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The RIGHT Care Team helps provide a full assessment of social needs, medical needs, mental healthcare needs, victimization and safety factors, and determine the most appropriate action for emergency calls. They will be part of a panel discussion at our Annual November Conference on 11/11. Learn more and get tickets here: mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

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Join us this Wednesday at 9:00 AM for our next Coalition on Mental Illness meeting featuring "Turning Pain Into Purpose: The Story & Work of The Defensive Line" with Chris Thomas, Co-Founder, of the The Defensive Line.

Ella Elizabeth Thomas died by su***de at the age of 24. She was the brightest light in any room — bold, funny, charming, feisty, brilliant woman and beautiful. Deeply loved and sorely missed, Ella’s loss has led the Thomas family to create The Defensive Line to help build a world in which no young person of color dies by su***de.

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Our October Newsletter features a workplace toolkit, movie premiere, volunteer opportunities, and resources for depression, OCD, ADHD: https://conta.cc/3SVyoLL

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OCD is often tossed around casually, but in reality, living with an obsessive-compulsive disorder isn't about being clean and tidy; it's being plagued with obsessions, compulsions, and/or disruptions. OCD symptoms cause distress, take up a lot of time (more than an hour a day), and can significantly interfere with a person's work, social life or relationships.

Hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), trichotillomania (hair-pulling), and excoriation (skin-picking) are all related to OCD.

Research suggests that OCD involves problems in communication between parts of the brain, which may be caused by insufficient levels of neurotransmitters. Drugs that increase the brain concentration of these chemicals often help improve OCD symptoms. The most common treatment for OCD is a combination of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) and medication.

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Next Thursday, October 20th, join us and the Center for Resilient Families at Arizona State University for the second webinar in our “I Don’t Know How” series.

We’ll explore personal experiences faced by parents who learn that their child is struggling with suicidal thoughts, teachers who support youth struggling with suicidal thoughts in school, and providers who help youth and families negotiate recovery from suicidal ideation.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3rSbrx9

Funding for this series is provided by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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Our Community Outreach Coordinator Megan says, "one of the best parts about working with the WHO program at MHA is the relationships I get to build with the counselors serving the students of Texas. Check out some of the great faces creating safe spaces for kids in Garland ISD!"

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Debbie Plotnick is the Executive VP for State and Federal Advocacy at Mental Health America (MHA). She coordinates the efforts of the Regional Policy Council (RPC), which focuses on state-level initiatives for equal access to behavioral health care, a full continuum of treatment and services, criminal justice diversion, and the value of prevention and early intervention. Her most recent projects include working with the firearm-owning community to promote mental health screening and training in su***de prevention for adolescents and adults. Learn more about Debbie and our upcoming conference at mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

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Mental health is often put second to physical health because it is not as visible... but the two work hand in hand to support our overall health. Today is but giving our mental health the attention it deserves is a necessary part of our everyday lives. In what ways do you intentionally care for your physical and mental health?

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District Attorney John Creuzot has earned a national reputation for his innovative work on drug courts, criminal justice reform and evidence-based sentencing. He regularly appears in the news and on television as an expert on these and other criminal justice topics. We can't wait for this session on how the DA's office is prioritizing mental health efforts to seek justice. Today is the LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD TICKETS! Learn more and register here: mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

10/07/2022

Join us at 7pm on Thursday, October 20, 2022 for the US premiere of Promise House: Heather’s Story at the famous Texas Theatre in Dallas. Tickets are FREE and you are invited to make a donation to Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. After the film there will be a brief Q&A with the filmmakers and drinks and conversation in the theatre bar.

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Please join us at 7pm on Thursday October 20, 2022 for the US premiere of Promise House: Heather’s Story at the famous Texas Theatre in Dallas. Tickets are FREE and you are invited to make a donation to Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. After the film there will be a brief Q&A with the filmmakers and drinks and conversation in the theatre bar. *Please note this film deals with mature themes of mental illness, depression and su***de and may not be suitable for all viewers. Please always prioritize your own mental well-being.*
For more information visit
www.promisehousefilm.com

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Last chance to save on tickets to our annual November conference is TOMORROW! You can check out the speaker lineup and register to attend here: https://mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

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We just sent out our first WHO Newsletter! Did you get it? Check it out here: https://conta.cc/3T0V2lk

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Depending on your family structure, dynamics, and circumstances, living with a mental health condition can strain those relationships. Here are 3 tips to help establish healthy family relationships:

1. Help educate your family
2. Set boundaries
3. Be patient

Get more help and resources at: https://mhanational.org/miaw

New guidelines call for doctors to screen for anxiety: Why it matters, especially for women 10/03/2022

New guidelines call for doctors to screen for anxiety: Why it matters, especially for women

New guidelines call for doctors to screen for anxiety: Why it matters, especially for women A task force recommended for the first time that adults under 65 get screened for anxiety.

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Meet Zach Noblitt, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Irving and one of our Board Members! He is passionate about mental health and serves on our fundraising committee. Zach went to Texas Tech School of Law where he received his law degree. In his spare time, he enjoys playing corn hole.

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Depression affects many of us, but sometimes it’s difficult to know if we’re just experiencing sadness or something more.

Next Thursday during Mental Illness Awareness Week () and on National Depression Screening Day, join us for a live webinar to discuss the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of depression. We’ll explore barriers to care and recommend resources and solutions.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3dKsjCI

09/30/2022

Just a little humor for your Friday 😆

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Doug Deaton, a former law enforcement officer, will speak on "Guns, Mental Illness, and Danger: Emotion vs. Reality in the Search for Practical Solutions" at our November 11th conference, Challenging the Myths of Violence and Mental Illness. Learn more & register at mhadallas.org/november-conference-2022

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Heidi WHO Everyone! We're launching a monthly WHO Newsletter, starting NEXT WEEK! Wondering if you're receiving WHO emails or want to sign up? Message us your email address or type "subscribe" in the comments below 📩

Let us know in the comments if there's anything specific you'd like to see in our upcoming newsletter; we'd love your feedback!

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Just a friendly reminder that your feelings, whatever they may be, are valid 💛✨

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Last week, we spent the day connecting with school counselors and sharing about our WHO program during the amazing When Life Hands You Teenagers conference at the Plano Event Center. Were you also in attendance?

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Thank you to all those of you who came through with a donation for this year! We really appreciate your continued support 💛

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My name is Mary.

I am your neighbor.

I am a wife and mother of the 3 beautiful kids living across the street from you.

I have a Bipolar 2 diagnosis.

What that means is that I have a mood disorder. Bipolar is like riding a never ending roller coaster, alternating between extremes of high moods and low moods and sometimes a splash of a normal mood in between.

When hypomanic I feel very energized. I am extremely positive and confident. I have conversations with practically everyone I come in contact with. I can do everything with ease. I am creative. I am euphoric.

Then one to two months later I am walking along and "fall off of a cliff". I become a zombie overnight. I can barely leave the house and even the simplest of tasks seem insurmountable. I stay this way for a month or two then cycle back up again.

The depression does not mean I am just unhappy or sad. I can't function. I can't snap out of it. I can't just be happy. It would be wonderful if it were that simple.

I did not choose bipolar; I have bipolar but it will not define me. I can’t control this illness but with medication, therapy and the unwavering support of my wonderful husband, children, and community, I can learn to manage it. I hope to be able to help others and break the stigma.

I am not the illness that affects me. I am a loving wife and mother of those 3 beautiful kids across the street.

I am your neighbor.

You never know who around you could be struggling with mental illness.

So please, join us in our journey to bring awareness and community to help others like Mary. Our goal this year is $10k. Today is the LAST day to donate.

Whether it's $10 or $1,000 – every little bit helps: www.northtexasgivingday.org/mhadallas

Thank you for your continued support! 💛

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Your gift would help us to reach an additional 60,000 children through our WHO® program which educates children and youth (ages 4 – 18) on anti-violence and how to avoid different types of victimization, including bullying, peer pressure, and emotional and physical abuse. Join us in our mission: www.northtexasgivingday.org/mhadallas

09/20/2022

Your donation helps us provide people in our community like Joan with access to the resources they need to thrive ☀️

Joan used to struggle to get out of bed and rarely left home. With no job and the stigma of mental illness, Joan felt lost and could not enjoy her life. Then Joan found Mental Health America of Greater Dallas and after her second week of attending a Friday morning support group, she began to smile again. She'd found hope. Two months later, Joan found a job and began enjoying life again!

We hope you'll join us in our mission to raise $10k to help even more people! Early giving is open now until September 22nd: www.northtexasgivingday.org/mhadallas

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📢 MHA-Greater Dallas felt it essential to focus its Annual November Conference on Mental Illness and Violence, especially given the significant discussion in American society about the involvement of people with acute mental conditions in mass gun violence incidents. 📢 Read the press release: https://conta.cc/3SjhSEr

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Happy Friday!! 🥳

With all the time we spend working, and then thinking about work when off the clock 🕑 (and for some even more time with commuting 🚗), it's no wonder the workplace has a significant impact on our mental health.

In fact, 78% of workers in the MHA 2022 Mind the Workplace report agreed that workplace stress affected their mental health, and 7 in 10 workers found it difficult to concentrate 🤯

It's time to start prioritizing employee mental health.

Whatever your role, this toolkit includes a ton of resources to help you bring mental health to the forefront at your workplace. Resources include:
📝 fact sheets
🗂️ printable posters and postcards
✅ checklists
📨 drop-in articles
📚 resource guides

Employers can develop or improve upon existing workplace policies that uplift workers, ensure that they feel valued and heard, and improve the overall culture of well-being within an organization in the following ways:

✨ Cultivate supportive people managers
✨ Develop an employee-driven mental health strategy
✨ Build an impactful mental health employee resource group
✨ Provide and educate employees about benefits
✨ Provide support for a healthy life-work blend

Download the toolkit here: https://mhanational.org/workplace/toolkit/download

September News from MHA of Greater Dallas 09/15/2022

September News from MHA of Greater Dallas

This month's newsletter features our new public policy statement on gun violence, upcoming event reminders, WHO scholarship information, resources for su***de prevention and recovery, plus more. Check it out here and feel free to sign up to receive future newsletters if you didn't get this one :)

September News from MHA of Greater Dallas New public policy statement on gun violence, su***de prevention resources, early bird tickets, plus more   September News & Updates Happy [almost] fall! We're halfway through September and that means

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The road to recovery can feel lonely, but we’re here to reassure you that you are not alone. In 2020, 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder. Your path to recovery may look different from many, but & help is available.

Check-in with yourself by taking a free, anonymous screening: https://mhadallas.org/screening-tools

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
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