“For the Health of It”

Step right up, health enthusiasts and curious minds alike! As we wrap up our riveting exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences, we are thrilled to partner with Mental Health America of Greater Houston to host a panel discussion that will delve into the intricate relationship between drugs and mental health.

Join the Conversation

Ever wondered about the impacts of drugs on mental health? This is your chance to gain valuable insights from professionals in the field. Our panelists will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, providing a unique opportunity for you to engage in enlightening conversations.

Light bites and refreshments will be served.

For the Health of It

So mark your calendars and prepare to be enlightened. We look forward to seeing you at the museum! The event is free and open to the public during free admission hours.

Meet Our Panelists

Diane Arms

Director of Community
Behavioral Health,

The Council on Recovery

Sharifa J. Charles

Senior Professional
Development Specialist,
Center for School Behavioral Health,
Mental Health America
of Greater Houston

Dr. Crystal Collier,

Therapist, Educator & Author

Dr. Jamie Freeny

Center for School Behavioral Health,
Mental Health America
of Greater Houston

Dr. Diane Arms

Dr. Diane Arms specializes in serving the Latino population in mental health and substance use. With degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso, she’s facilitated transitions to telehealth during COVID-19 and implemented programs like Multisystemic Therapy. Diane has conducted research on stress, depression, substance use, and parenting among young Latinos, and she’s committed to advancing Hispanic/Latino Behavioral Health.

Sharifa J. Charles

With over 15 years of experience, she creates culturally responsive mental health training for educational institutions and youth organizations in Houston and beyond. Her work spans events on IPV and HIV capacity building, food pantry establishment, and stigma reduction initiatives. Sharifa has trained professionals from over 35 districts and numerous community organizations, committed to providing effective learning opportunities for those serving vulnerable populations.

Dr. Jamie Freeny

With 20+ years of experience, Dr. Jamie Freeny’s research spans adverse childhood experiences, trauma informed care, and collaborative engagement. Dr. Freeny leads initiatives empowering youth as advocates for mental health, providing professional development to schools and convening stakeholders to improve outcomes. Recognized as the 2021 Texas Child Advocate of the Year, she’s an expert in children’s mental health, conducting community-based research to enhance understanding of diverse youth populations.

Dr. Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S

Crystal Collier has pioneered a prevention model teaching neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior, earning recognition from national councils. She’s received accolades including the Torch Bearer Award and Outstanding Research Award. Dr. Collier’s research fellowship supported publications such as The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide and her FOO Mapping workbook. With over 30 years of clinical experience, she specializes in adolescent neurodevelopment, prevention programming, addiction, and family-of-origin work.

When Thursday May 16 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Where The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX
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