Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I'M READY FOR THE NEXT STEP BUT SHE ISN'T Dear Willie D: My girlfriend and I have been toget ... More >>
Newly released footage shows a Fort Bend County Sheriff's Deputy firing eight rounds into the head of a mentally ill man laying on his bathroom floor in November 2013, according to community activist Quannel X. The minister said he is giving a copy of the recording to the FBI and is demanding an inv ... More >>
The Harris County Jail, recently praised for its care of mentally ill inmates, has been re-accredited for medical treatment by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care according to a release from the county. Inspectors found the downtown jail to be in compliance with 31 national standards ... More >>
Two dissimilar artists are paired at the CAMH.
Side Effects is well worth risking.
Local Texas state rep Senfronia Thompson has introduced a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sunday, something they have not been able to do in my lifetime thanks to "blue" laws that prevent certain businesses from operating on Sunday. In fact, I remember when virtually all stores were f ... More >>
Starting in 1992, October 10 has been known as World Mental Health Day. Started by the folks at the World Federation For Mental Health, it's a day that helps promote awareness and education of depression and other mental health illnesses. It's one of those "days" that isn't nearly as big as those t ... More >>
In its five-plus years of existence, the raucous folks of El Batallon -- one of four longstanding support groups that show up to Houston Dynamo home matches (and sometimes away games) -- had never gone to the media. That's changed since one of their boys got the stun-gun treatment during the Dynam ... More >>
CORRECTION: Better Life clinic is not affiliated with MHMRA, contrary to an earlier version of this report. If what Pearland police and the people who run Pearland's Better Life mental health clinic are saying is true, Karena Garcia is what my dad would call "a real piece of work." According to KP ... More >>
The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of the chief child psychiatrist of a state-run treatment center for the mentally ill after the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services accused him of sexually assaulting teen boys in his care over the last 20 years. According to the board ... More >>
prnewswire.comIt's beautiful because it's thin. Diet soda in a thinner can. A visual reflection of the body you're working towards or looking to maintain by cutting out empty calories. Hey, it makes sense. So why is there so much controversy surrounding Diet Pepsi's new "Skinny Can"? Well, ... More >>
Checking into rehab is no laughing matter. That said, we at Rocks Off often find inspiration in even the darkest of corners. So when it was announced, much to our surprise, that Dallas-born teen pop starlet Demi Lovato had checked into rehab an inpatient treatment center, we pondered celebri ... More >>
The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>
If the proposed funding cuts go through, people like Philip Grantham could suffer. For the second time in less than ten years, Texas legislators, faced with a massive budget shortage, are talking about major cuts in mental health funding. If it happens, Texas, which is 48th in the country for suc ... More >>
Flickr photo by adambowieEverybody knows that good news always sleeps til noon. -- "Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning" There was a palpable tingle of anticipation in the joint as we waited for the curtain to go up on the Cowboy Junkies' first gig in Houston in a coon's age Tuesday at House ... More >>
Imagine you're...a certain relatively famous Hollywood actress. Gradually, and through no real fault of your own, you've seen the fame of your early days starring in one of the most popular sitcoms of all time fade and lead roles dwindle. Meanwhile a parade of your exes have either moved on to r ... More >>
Looking for quick help, some patients instead found themselves locked in a county mental health unit and not going anywhere.
The author of Billy Bathgate takes on the inner lives of hoarders
Teh Internets can solve almost any problem, it seems, from having to pay for music and news to bringing down Islamofascist dictatorships. Now smoking has apparently joined the list. A small Houston company that runs interactive pay-sites to help with compulsive hair-pulling and skin-picking disord ... More >>
After hearing about a recently-approved mental health court for felony offenders, a Katy woman -- who wished to remain anonymous -- was thrilled because she thought it would work perfectly for her 17-year-old son. He'd been in and out of jail since last summer, after originally being arrested for as ... More >>
A new face of injustice in Harris County could soon be James Dewald, Sr., father of the University of Houston professor killed by his wife last year. Dewald repeatedly told reporters this morning that the case has ended in a "miscarriage of justice."Kristen Dewald, who confessed to the murder shortl ... More >>
Mexican Dogs and Drunk Driving
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Be afraid, be very afraid
Two men went into a walled-in courtyard at a mental hospital. One came out alive.
The Daddy of Rock N' Roll will whip your ass
The Cowboy Junkies ride again
Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization
A former mayoral staffer resurfaces at the county
A contained experiment in Medicaid finally gets uncovered
He was hurt by his mother, ripped away from the foster parents who loved him and put in an institution where he was abused. That's when Alice and Ellery Riha really decided to fight.
SEARCH's mobile outreach team tries to help Houston's homeless off the streets
Recovering alcoholics find financial aid in a unique Texas Tech program
Forcing all the retarded from institutions may not be in anyone's best interests
Two offbeat films chronicle three offbeat young women's struggles