Gulf Coast Mental Health Specialist Debra Meehl Eyes Houston for Treatment Needs

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder among the specialties of The Meehl

The Meehl Foundation, based along the Texas Gulf Coast, announces a campaign to reach out to Houstonians in need of specialized treatment for mental health disorders. The non-profit foundation led by Debra Meehl, DD, MSW, and launched following the diagnosis of her own husband’s bipolar disorder, provides a transitional residential group home in nearby Brazoria, Texas. The close proximity of the nation’s fourth largest city and high population of working professionals experiencing Bipolar and Borderline Personality disorders are the primary reasons Houston was selected as an area for attention by The Meehl Foundation.

According to information published by The Institute for Health Policy of UTHealth of Houston, more than 1.4 million Houstonians are within the close social network of a person with a severe mental illness. The impact on the Bayou City can also be measured by losses topping $5.6 billion in annual earnings as a result of lost productivity from severe mental illness. Job loss, criminal behavior and shortened lifespan are among the other potential consequences mentioned in the UTHealth study.

At the heart of The Meehl House program, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is used to treat individuals with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is comprised of four components: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation. Residents also benefit from 24-hour access to teaching and application of both DBT Skills and Life Skills in real-time situations.

The Meehl House, located along the Gulf Coast in Brazoria, Texas, has been serving clients since 1998. To schedule an interview with Debra Meehl, President of The Meehl Foundation, or learn more about the residential and outpatient services, interested journalists may contact the Meehl Foundation at 979.798.7972. A full list of services is available for viewing online at http://www.meehlfoundation.org.

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