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Thank you to the nurses, therapists and counselors at West Oaks for the guidance and being there for me in one of the toughest times of my life. The most important necessity your body needs is sleep!!! You can’t over work yourself, I don’t want to fight insomnia again. I’m still fighting anxiety and trying to release stress in other ways than medicine. Like going on a jog/walk vs. panicking. I appreciate my life more and more. Depression is real but there are always brighter days ahead. My mom would want me to keep striving and moving forward just like I want for my daughter. Since Dec 2019-Jan 2020, I have been teaching myself a lot about self respect and that removing yourself from toxic relationships or from people who don’t have your best interest. Life is a journey, it’s your story~leave a legacy. Take care to all!
"I Love You Unconditionally..." A Personal Love Letter From Your Best Friend "Friend! It’s been so long since we’ve talked last. How I miss you, and affectionately hearing the sweet sound of your voice. “Remember when you were a child, when you had such great faith in Me? It was so simple back then: you believed, and we playfully shared great times together. …What happened? “I have never once left your side. I cheerfully remember all those times when you achieved many great things, along with those few select times when you failed… I never for a brief second stopped deeply loving you through it all. In fact, the very reason I made the universe was just to be your friend, to join you in everything you do, having you to intimately know Me, as I know you… Through trials, I see we’ve drifted over the years as other’s many misconceptions began influencing your faith. “Please, forgive legalist preachers who claim you can earn My love and communion by somehow acting good enough. Falsely saying I’m angry at sinners, they miss the way entirely by teaching it is about following rules and regulations. Ironically, by working for My approval they show they don’t know Me, My message or why I came… Despite this, I am devoted to all, so I do still love them. “The truth is, it’s not about do’s and don’ts, it’s about Me giving to you, just because I am a good Dad! I lovingly adore you, and all people, for who you are. And, I gladly accept you as part of My family just the way you are, not expecting anyone to perform just to be considered My child. When I humbly walked the Earth 2,000 years ago, I continually gave to people everywhere – healing the sick, feeding the hungry, defending the defenseless, reaching the unreachable, blessing the needy with miracles… And, yes, I was tortured, painfully crucified (dying innocently for you), three days before I rose from the grave triumphantly, rock solidly proving My saving faith to the historically verified witness of multitudes. I did this all to say directly from deep within My heart… “I love you.” “You are forgiven already! Your sins might not be ‘big ones,’ but I was killed for everyone’s regardless. It is written in 1 John 2:2 and Romans 5:18, I died for all sins… Pardoning everyone unconditionally, pouring out My grace on all imperfect people... I’m literally faint! Melting like butter…! Head over heels, in love with you! You’re holy, beautiful, and radiant in My sight! …Now, you just receive this grace. Agree to take the free forgiveness I am offering, like shaking My hand. Knowing you’re redeemed is when we begin our friendship - paradise bound. So, will you please take My hand? “To get to know Me by learning to hear the tone of My voice, look in the Bible where I answer all questions on the spirit realm, healing, heaven, and more. Dig right in, first opening to John’s Gospel… The revelatory key to unlock mysteries? Grace. We’re an unstoppable family team. The best of hidden secrets? My talented Holy Spirit’s extraordinary gifts, carefully concealed therein. “Beloved, I long to spend quality time with you. Let us pray aloud, right now! My heart pounds anticipating it. To respond is My honor - I’m here, serving with you. Visualize how now we’re one new, united creation: full of a bright shining glory, glowing head-to-toe. And, pay attention… Listen closely. That still, calm voice you hear, whispering softly deep within your soul? …It is Me! Commune, by leisurely resting, and walking a mile together with Me, wearing My fitted pair of worn sandals. “Please, treasure this precious love letter as a centerpiece, mounting it safely where we will be reminded daily of the great, valuable worth of our love and friendship. Taste and see when you feel it that I truly am a good Father... To return thanks, simply share this blessing with someone special who also loves Me. In heaven, we’ll watch great movie memories of such cheerful gestures… This tender time with you made My day; like welcoming a big warm bear hug in friendly arms, I absolutely swooned as your heart softened. Thank you. Rest assured, you are My kid forever... And, I am so proud of you.” Love Dad… Jesus Christ, & your Best Friend, Holy Spirit (Please… You can call Me, “Jeez”) Key referenced scriptures, paraphrased: Understanding who God is - John 10:30, “Father, God, and I are one in the same.” Proverbs 19:12, “The one true longing of all humankind, is unconditional love.” 1 John 4:18, “God is love.” Proverbs 18:24, “Christ is your best friend. He always sticks closer to you than a brother.” Jeremiah 29:13, “Seek the truth with your whole heart... Then, you’ll find Me.” Ephesians 4:6, "God is your Father. He uses all people, and lives in all of us." Psalm 16:11, "Heaven features unending satisfaction - unlimited blissful pleasures." Habakkuk 2:2, "Have a prayer? Write it in specific detail! Show exactly how your will matches God’s." 1 Peter 5:7, “Surrender your worries to God. He does care about you.” 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study God’s Word to show yourself approved - able to teach it yourself.” 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Love never fails.” …How God has already forgiven everyone’s sins – Luke 23:34, [While being crucified] “Forgive them Father, for they do not know what they do.” John 1:29, “Jesus is the Lamb of God who has taken away all the sins of the world.” 1 Corinthians 15:3, “The most important point of doctrine is this: Christ died to take away all sins.” 1 John 2:2, “He died in our place, taking away our sins. Not only our sins but all people’s.” John 19:30, “Jesus groaned loudly, and cried out, “It is finished!” Then He bowed His head, and He died.” Romans 3:24, “God considers all people righteous – He is only for us, never against.” Romans 8:33, “Why accuse, cursing God’s children? He defends and acquits us, declaring us innocent.” Isaiah 54:9, “I promise you that I will never be angry at, rebuke, or ever punish you.” Revelation 12:10, “Satan only accuses people of sins, offering conditional approval through earning forgiveness - a certain impossibility.” 2 Corinthians 5:19, “Jesus never judges sins. That’s His plain and simple message to us all.” John 8:7-11, "Whoever is without sin may cast a stone at this prostitute… I do not condemn her." …How to know you’ve received salvation - Romans 10:9-10, "You will be saved if you honestly believe, "Jesus is Sovereign," proving so, by telling others He is Lord, God." 1 Corinthians 12:3, “No one can confirm, ‘Jesus is Lord’ on their own – it happens when you say so with God’s Holy Spirit.” John 3:16-17, “God loves the world so much that He gave His only Perfect Son. By believing in Jesus, you receive eternal life. Jesus wasn’t sent judging people. He saves, advocating mankind. His crucifixion is fully sufficient, atoning all sins.” John 5:24, “None who believe in Me can be judged.” John 1:12, “All who believe in Jesus become God’s kids.” Matthew 4:19, “Follow Me! We’ll go fishing for people.” John 20:21-23, "Smiling brightly, Jesus deeply exhaled, ‘Receive My Holy Spirit! Forgive, showing your sins are forgiven. My peace be with you.’" Ask Me for wisdom, and I’ll lead you to the right church home, to experience My eternal love. I will greatly reward you on the day when you sit with Me and watch, The Passion Of The Christ. How and why answers take time… Know, this love note wasn’t “accidental.” Please, believe in Me. I am the Way, the Truth (setting you free), and the Life calling: your best life purpose, is in ministry. Final Exam: 1) Did you love Me, then? 2) Do you love Me, now? 3) Will you always love Me…?
Fundraiser for Katy ISD FFA students. 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off and Kiss the Pig.
As a patient of West Oaks I can assure you that they are as incompetent as they are rude!

We've been proudly serving the Greater Houston Area for over 30 years. Make today your new day with West Oaks Hospital and Excel Outpatient Centers.

Operating as usual

Adrion P., NPCT-3 Lead Tech, has been with UHS for 16 years and joined West Oaks in 2014 after relocating from Utah where he played college football. He says that he pursued a career with UHS because he wanted to help people. He works with the adult and adolescent boys population and shares that his favorite part of his job is, "being presented with new and exciting challenges daily." Adrion embodies a strong work ethic that has led him to be promoted to lead tech and achieving a Level 3 Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician Certification. Coworkers say he is cordial, focused on patient care and a team player that is always willing to jump in and help wherever he is needed. Adrion is a true West Oaks Warrior!

We continue to look for ways to inspire a sense of hope and community in our patients and each other during these difficult times, so we are asking our amazing West Oaks employees how they are cultivating hope and embracing their community. Libby is our Accounts Payable Coordinator and has been with West Oaks for 5 years. "What hope means to me is trying to find the sparkle in life. I feel like there is always good with the bad. I just try to help everyone see the good!"
When asked what makes up her community, Libby says, "The elderly. I let them know they are not forgotten, by stopping to visit or make them baked goods." We applaud our team members for continuing to inspire a sense of hope and community!

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Depression Has Skyrocketed During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Study Says

Are you or a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis? Do not delay in seeking help. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. Our compassionate professionals are ready to help you today.

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EVS Week 2020

Our Environmental Services team plays a crucial role in promoting the health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors. This year more than ever, we celebrate all that they've done to support increased measures to protect our community. Thank you for your extraordinary efforts and dedication to our facility.
#EVSWeek2020

This week's employee spotlight features veteran employee Tamika Y., Intake Supervisor who has been with us since 2009. She shares that she chose to pursue a career in mental health after her life was personally affected by mental illness. When she’s not working she enjoys doing hair, cooking, and spending time with her family. Tamika’s teammates describe her as helpful, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. They say she’s a team player and always goes out of her way to help others. We thank Tamika for her dedication and hard work!

Prevention plan

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain proactive in keeping our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, do not delay in seeking help. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. And remember, we are here for you.

How can you #bethere from a distance? This year has been a challenge, especially when it comes to staying connected with those we care about. In honor of #SuicidePreventionMonth, reach out to someone you love to let them know you're there for them, even when you're not together.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)' or 911 in the case of an emergency.

Today, we'd like to take some time to recognize our Youth Services Lead Therapist Sharenita B., LMSW. After joining us earlier this year, she began working with our adolescent female population and now runs the CADET program on the unit. The CADET program encourages patients to focus on learning new coping skills to replace maladaptive behaviors. She uses her own experiences to help patients navigate their own challenges.
When she’s not working, Sharenita is focused on spiritual growth and spending quality time with her son. She is an essential member of our clinical team and we appreciate her dedication!

How to Wear a Facemask

Today as we honor and celebrate the American labor movement with Labor Day, we remind you to do your part and wear your mask to help keep those around you safe. Enjoy your #LaborDay!

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National Recovery Month | Recovery Month

Did you know that our Friendswood Excel Center has opened for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? The clinic is located in Friendswood, Texas and offers a no-cost assessment. For more information on Medication Assisted Treatment call us at (281)648-1200.

recoverymonth.gov National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives.

Today we recognize #HealthcareHero Kim W. Case Manager, Unit 3! She has been with our team since 2016 after relocating from Atlanta, GA where she ran an outpatient substance abuse program for women. She has been in healthcare for 20 years and has a BA in Criminal Justice and a MA in Counseling. She shares that her favorite part of her job as a case manager is seeing the moment that a patient decides to change their lives for the better and says that her bond with her team makes the experience even better. Kim’s team describes her as hardworking, knowledgeable and supportive. We thank Kim for her dedication to our patients!

Recently, employees participated in a Baked Potato Fundraiser! Proceeds from the fundraiser were proudly donated to the NAACP Houston Branch! A special thank you to all who participated in this event.

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How to Handle Uncertainty

Are you or a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis? Do not delay in seeking help. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. Our compassionate professionals are ready to help you today.

psychologytoday.com Learning to be in the present

Please join us in recognizing #HealthcareHero and Intake RN Nikia. After completing nursing school in 2014, Nikia joined West Oaks and has been an integral part of our team. She pursued a career in nursing because she enjoyed caring for others and became interested in psychiatric nursing after one of her professors suggested that it would be a good fit for her. Nikia’s coworkers compliment her kind and courteous demeanor and her ability to make everyone feel welcomed and at ease with her infectious smile. Nikia, we are thrilled to have you on our team!

Are you or a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis? Do not delay in seeking help. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. Our compassionate professionals are ready to help you today.

Don't get overwhelmed by the "new norm" and transition back to school. If you have any questions, ask! Stay in contact with your child's teacher and school. And remember, you and your family are not alone during this time.

Today’s employee spotlight is on Director of Dietary & Food Services Alcie L. He developed his love of cooking from spending hours of his childhood in the kitchen helping his grandmother and went on to follow his passion at the Orlando Culinary Institute. His favorite foods to cook are Mediterranean and Creole, which he learned from his Louisiana upbringing. Thank you, Alcie, for continuing to share your passion for delicious food with us!

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain proactive in keeping our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, do not delay in seeking help. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. And remember, we are here for you.

How to Effectively and Openly Talk About Mental Health

Sometimes it's tough to open up about your own mental health struggles. That's why it's important to have some tools in your toolkit to help you day-by-day. With the help of Psych Hub, we've put together some ways to take control of your mental health and get the help you deserve.
#WeAreInThisTogether

Please join us in welcoming Ashley Sacriste as Chief Operating Officer of West Oaks Hospital and Excel Centers Outpatient Services! Ashley is a native Texan and is excited to be a part of a team that aims for service excellence in all they do.

When symptoms of depression or overwhelming fear take over and coping becomes too difficult to do alone - we're here. There is now a way to connect with a professional without leaving your home. Tele-Assessments are now available to meet the needs of the community. The assessments are no-cost to the caller. Help and compassion are just a phone call away at (713) 995-0909.

Are you or a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis? Do not delay in seeking help. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. Our compassionate professionals are ready to help you today.

[08/07/20]   As school districts and parents are faced with challenging decisions in the next month, many are feeling increased anxiety. While we may not always be able to control certain stressors, these stress management tools can provide some needed mental and physical health support during a difficult time. Find more tips from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America: https://bit.ly/gadCopingStrategies.

Today we spotlight Lead Mental Health Tech, Andrew. During his time at West Oaks, he has achieved his National Certification for Psychiatric Technicians and has brought great leadership to our teams. Co-workers compliment Andrew's calm and peaceful demeanor and his ability to bring a great sense of teamwork to any situation. With his vast experience working every shift and with every population in our facility, we are truly grateful for his continued dedication since 2017!

There is still time to register for tomorrow's Zoom 1-hr CEU on, 'Coping with the Novelties of COVID-19 Stressors and Mental Health Symptoms Related to the Pandemic' starting at 12 pm CT. This virtual event will be led by special guest speaker, Tonya Martin, Psy D.
To register, please visit bit.ly/30XFbLc.

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101 Ways to Cope With COVID-19 Stress

Are you or a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis? Do not delay in seeking help. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. Our compassionate professionals are ready to help you today.

psychologytoday.com Strategies for self-care and growth during this pandemic.

A special thank you to Dippin' Dots Houston - Dottie for treating our overnight #HealthcareHeroes to a much deserved sweet treat!

We were excited to treat the overnight staff at West Oaks Hospital last night. Thank you to all essential workers.

In This Together

We would like to extend a warm thank you to all those who keep our communities strong! To all the healthcare workers, first responders and all other essential workers. You are all our #HealthcareHeroes!

Mental Health Crisis vs Physical Emergency

Knowing where to find help for yourself and others is reassuring during this time of uncertainty. We are here for you and your loved ones at 713-995-0909.

Are you or a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis? Do not delay in seeking help. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. Our compassionate professionals are ready to help you today.

Mindfulness Techniques for Children & Youth

Personal wellness is an important aspect to physical well-being. Here's a short exercise to help your loved ones have a few minutes of relaxation.

BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. As of 2020, Mental Health America has started adapting their "minority" mental health materials to utilize this more person-first language. Read more about this change at their website: mhanational.org/bipoc-mental-health.

Are you or a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis? Do not delay in seeking help. We are fully operational and ready to provide assessments and services. Call us 24/7 at (713) 995-0909. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. For more information, read our full Health Alert at bit.ly/wohCOVID19Update. Our compassionate professionals are ready to help you today.

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Positive Psychology Takes a New Look at Happiness

Happiness is defined differently from person to person, and how we rate happiness on a scale of 1-10 can have many meanings. "Depending on the chain of events to which you were recently exposed, you may not be happy right now.” You can, however, still feel like your life has meaning and that you have the inner strength to cope with the challenges that come your way."
Our #HealthcareHeroes are here to help. Call us today for a no-cost assessment at (713) 995-0909.

psychologytoday.com When happiness means more than feeling good.

On this #BlackoutDay2020 we proudly support the initiative to bring awareness to economic disparities and inequalities in our country. We encourage our communities to refrain from spending money today, July 7, unless at Black-owned businesses. Learn more at www.blackoutday.org.
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