MHA Releases New Publication

"When A MIND Changes" 

Personal stories about mental illness and its effects on individuals, families and communities

Mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions. When people receive the care and treatment they need, there is no limit to the heights they can reach. Unfortunately, decisions made at various levels of government oftentimes restrict, rather than expand, access to needed services and supports. These decisions include repeated funding cuts for public mental health services, low Medicaid reimbursement rates, and a lagging investment in the mental health workforce. The impact is then felt locally, by way of larger jail populations, more students exhibiting behavioral health issues in schools, and crowded emergency rooms.

Mental Health America of Greater Houston has created a new publication, "When a Mind Changes: Personal Stories About Mental Illness and Its Effect on Individuals, Families and Communities," to bring greater attention to these issues.
This booklet, includes forewords by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and tells real stories about real people in the Greater Houston area.

The stories of mental illness are as varied as we are. Take Elizabeth McIngvale, a young girl ravaged by a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder before she even turned 13. Or Dr. James McSwain, Principal of Lamar High School, who actually allowed his son to remain in the Harris County Jail so he could receive needed mental health treatment. Or Brenda Bouie, who lived in Hermann Park for 17 years, largely due to her battle with Schizophrenia. Their words are powerful; their courage is inestimable. You'll recognize fears, hopes, and dreams that you or someone you know may be dealing with right now.
With mental illness affecting 1 in 5 people, any one of these individuals could be your family member, your friend, or…you. We all have a stake in expanding access to mental health services.
Only by sharing can we come together as a community and send the outmoded stigmas packing and make improvements in mental health. Get to know the people and the issues in this booklet, then click here to share your own story. You just might help somebody very much like you!

It is Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s hope that this booklet will promote a better understanding of mental illness and the need for services among the general public and, in particular, our elected officials.


Read and Download the Publication 

and post links to the booklet on your website and on social media such as Facebook or Twitter--
use this book as a resource to complement
your work and remember to share these stories with your colleagues, friends and family.

Thank you for helping
Mental Health America of Greater Houston to make a difference!

 For more information or help, contact:

Andrea Usanga, Director of Policy and Government Relations at
Traci Patterson, Director of Communications at

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