Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Joan and Stanford Alexander Jewish Family Service (Alexander JFS) serves people of all faiths and backgrounds. Founded in 1913, the professionals at Alexander JFS provide Behavioral & Mental Health Services, Coaching & Case Management Services, Disability Services, Employment Services and Chaplaincy Services. The mission at Alexander JFS is to transform lives by empowering individuals, families, and communities – driven by compassion, leading through innovation, guided by Jewish values.
Alexander JFS Behavioral & Mental Health Services is leading the conversation about mental health and well-being in our community. Alexander JFS is among the many voices speaking openly about mental health, overcoming the stigma of
seeking care for your family, friends, or yourself.
With the rise in suicides and deaths by substance misuse, the agency launched a comprehensive response to these urgent issues.
Alexander JFS strives to prevent deaths by suicide and substance misuse by offering education, conversation and support in a confidential and respectful manner. They implement evidence-based programs to assure the highest quality care. To date, they have served hundreds of youths and adults with prevention and wellness programs, working towards a healthy and accepting community.
Alexander JFS provides PREVENTION:
· Providing speakers to educate your employees or train at your school or organization on a wide range of mental health topics including self-care as a protective factor for suicide prevention; signs & symptoms of substance misuse, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation; support for grieving children, adolescents and adults. Evidence based resilience building programs in elementary, middle and high schools; text-based messages for college students, graduate students, young professionals and parents of students.
Alexander JFS provides MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID education:
· Trainings that teach a five-step action plan to offer initial help to anyone showing signs of mental health distress, severe illness or mental health crisis and then connect them with the appropriate professional peer, social or self-help care.
Alexander JFS provides TREATMENT:
· Providing suicide prevention and protocol trainings, extensive support group offerings, on-going children’s, adult – individuals and couples - and family therapy and a weekly editorial "Be Well" column that addresses timely mental health topics.
Alexander JFS provides AFTERCARE:
· Alexander JFS clinicians and staff are available in the event of a death by suicide, substance misuse or other accident. They are available to meet with you or your family and friends from the moment a tragedy takes place and throughout the first year of grief and bereavement. They offer ongoing grief counseling as well as support groups. A special bereavement guide is available for families who have experienced such a loss. Schools or other organizations which experience deaths by suicide reach out to JFS for support for their students and staff.
Alexander JFS provides BRIGHT STARS:
· Honoring loved ones during the Jewish season of light, Hanukkah, allows those who remember to capture and share stories of their loved one before illness or tragedy dimmed their Bright Star. With a focus on the life of the deceased rather than their death, survivors can remember, and hold close the times when their loved one experienced health and wellbeing.
The Montrose Center strives to create a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. As Houston's LGBTQ center, we have been providing LGBTQ-affirming mental and behavioral health services since 1978.
The Montrose Center empowers our community—primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their families—to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
The Montrose team consists of state-licensed clinicians, masters-level therapists, skilled educators, support staff and dedicated volunteers who work together to create healthier futures for our community.
Because LGBTQ persons face numerous health disparities compared to the general population, the Center has embraced an integrated care model with one-stop access to behavioral health and support services, adult primary care and psychiatry, and free wellness programs that empower individuals to proactively participate in their own care.
Suicide prevention is at the heart of our work, as we help our clients take pride in who they are and empower them to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We weave suicide prevention, education, and awareness into our clinical work, 24-hour crisis interventions, as well as the services we provide to LGBTQ youth and seniors.
The Montrose Center offers The Law Harrington Senior Living Center:
· The Law Harrington Senior Living Center is the Montrose Center’s comprehensive approach to support seniors, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
· It the largest LGBTQ-affirming senior living center in the nation and is a home for 138 seniors.
· The complex features one and two bedroom, independent living apartments for low-income seniors ages 62 and older, with rents adjusted based on Area Median Income. Seniors will be able to age with dignity and pride in a stable, safe, and affirming community, with access to specialized services and support.
· Individuals and couples who are at least 62 years old and income-qualified for affordable housing in Houston can apply to live in the Law Harrington Senior Living Center where amenities include:
o Geriatric primary care clinic
o Fitness center
o Business center
o Social services suite
o Dog park
o And More!