Episode 40: Shedding Light on Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month
Learning About Mental Health with Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Mental health is an issue that sometimes is not discussed among families or friends for different reasons. It could be because of stigma, but it is a health issue that needs to be brought up so that care can be provided. No one should have to suffer alone. Help is available.

In this week’s episode, our show host Blanca Quezada discusses the importance of mental health with Tricia Novotny, a licensed professional counselor and practice manager at the Northeast Youth and Family Wellness Center for the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.

Tricia shares the importance of overcoming stigma and seeking help when needed. She offers guidance for breaking down the barriers that prevent us from seeking treatment. She talks about coping with anxiety and depression and understanding and supporting children’s mental health challenges. And she addresses how to navigate the mental health system so that we can access services and know what to expect.

The Harris Center provides high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective services so that persons with behavioral health needs may live with dignity as fully functioning, participating, and contributing community members. Each year, they serve tens of thousands of Harris County’s most vulnerable populations, with more than a million services in every corner of the County. Their strong community partnerships and support allow them to provide care and contribute to making Harris County a resilient community with a strong safety net. They do not deny services based on a patient’s inability to pay for any reason, including race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For more information, visit https://theharriscenter.org or call 713-970-7000.

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