Oceans Behavioral Hospital Pasadena: News

Oceans Healthcare Names Tom Lokar Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management

Apr 13th, 2021

 Appointment enhances focus on employee retention and development PLANO, Texas (April 13, 2021) – Oceans Healthcare, a growing provider of inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare services, today announced the expansion of its executive team with the appointment of Tom Lokar as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management. In the newly created role, Lokar will lead Oceans’ human resources function... Read More

Stress Awareness Month: Tips for Managing Stress

Mar 25th, 2021

The 2020 Stress in America study by the American Psychological Association found 67% of Americans have experienced an increase in stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With everyday stressors and the added challenges of the pandemic, many are struggling to cope. Finding healthy ways to manage stress is essential for both your mental and physical health. Read our five easy... Read More

Minorities and Mental Health

Jan 22nd, 2021

Lack of access and stigma are two of the biggest barriers to receiving behavioral health support. While many struggle with these challenges in seeking treatment, Black, Latino, Asian and other minority communities face them at much higher rates – and often at greater cost. More than 16% of Black Americans reported having a mental illness in 2019. This population makes up... Read More

Tips for Managing Mental Health Challenges in the New Year During COVID-19

Dec 8th, 2020

A new year offers a fresh start and another opportunity to develop positive life strategies. Although even with the best of intentions, an estimated 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to find the motivation to maintain these personal commitments, especially for those already managing mental... Read More

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress During COVID-19

Nov 17th, 2020

For many, the holidays are a joyful time to spend with loved ones. For others, they can take a toll on mental and physical health. During the coronavirus pandemic, the holidays can bring a new set of stressors as individuals navigate safe celebrations under social distancing. Before holiday stress becomes overwhelming, try these five prevention tactics. Check in with yourself. How are you... Read More

How Seasonal Affective Disorder Could Affect You

Nov 17th, 2020

If your mood and energy level sink when the days get shorter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)—sadness or depression that typically lasts during the winter months and usually improves at the start of spring. While the causes of SAD aren’t completely understood, it’s clear the condition is triggered by reduced exposure to sunlight, which may reset our internal clocks... Read More

10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression During COVID-19

Nov 17th, 2020

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for those already managing depression, the season can exacerbate symptoms. This year, COVID-19 risks and restrictions add a unique set of challenges to the mix. Oceans Behavioral Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on healing and long-term recovery, recognizes holiday depression is a serious problem that can affect many Americans,... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Hires Law Enforcement Veteran in Fight to Decriminalize Mental Illness

Oct 26th, 2020

Liaison will work within communities to raise awareness of behavioral health support PLANO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2020) – Plano, Texas-based Oceans Healthcare today announced the appointment of former Gulfport, Mississippi, police chief Leonard Papania as the behavioral health system’s law enforcement and community outreach liaison. In this newly created position, Papania will work in the communities Oceans serves to build strong... Read More

CHRISTUS Spohn and Oceans Healthcare Announce Plans for Partnership in Corpus Christi

Jun 22nd, 2020

Agreement will result in important affiliation that will augment our existing behavioral health services. (CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – CHRISTUS Spohn Health System and Oceans Healthcare today announced an important affiliation, which will give behavioral health patients access to enhanced mental health services in a hospital setting. Effective August 15, CHRISTUS Spohn will officially enter into a management and operation agreement with... Read More

Oceans Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital Collaborate to Improve Access to High-Quality Behavioral Health Services

Jun 11th, 2020

PLANO, Texas and BOSTON (June 11, 2020) – Oceans Healthcare and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry have signed an agreement that will give patients of the behavioral health network access to some of the world’s most highly qualified psychiatrists. As the coronavirus pandemic continues and the nation undertakes evolving isolation practices, behavioral health providers are called to think creatively... Read More

Social Media: Finding the Right Balance

Apr 24th, 2020

Life is a series of balancing acts – including how much time and attention you give to social media. In our new reality of social distancing and COVID-19 anxiety, millions are turning to social media – for connection, for entertainment, for news. It’s easy to get lost in this virtual world, but it’s important to find and maintain the right balance. Social... Read More

COVID-19 Outbreak Delaying Essential Mental Health Care, Creating Backlog of Need

Apr 15th, 2020

Local behavioral health hospital expands telehealth options in light of pandemic HOUSTON (April 14, 2020) – One in five Americans suffers from some form of mental illness in their life. With 6.6 million recently laid off due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country could see an increase in those struggling with mental health issues. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt daily... Read More

When Trauma Becomes PTSD

Apr 13th, 2020

Trauma can happen to anyone at any age. Experiences such as a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, natural disaster, military combat, or the violent or sudden death of a loved one can have a lasting effect on an individual’s mental health. The impacts of trauma can leave individuals struggling with painful memories and upsetting emotions, while feeling numb and disconnected.... Read More

Teens and COVID-19: 5 tips for supporting mental and emotional health

Apr 8th, 2020

  Being a teenager is hard, even in the best of times. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many teens are dealing with a profound sense of loss, in addition to the usual growing pains. This new, uncharted territory can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. Follow these five tips to help support your teen’s physical, mental and emotional... Read More

Continuing mental health treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 20th, 2020

It seems every day we face new worries – financial instability, supply shortages, and worries over self-quarantines and social distancing. Living with the threat of COVID-19 can leave even the most mentally and physically fit among us anxious and depressed. For those already dealing with mental health challenges, uncertain times can become overwhelming, creating a sense of helplessness and an urge... Read More

8 Activities to Boost Mental Health for Seniors During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Mar 20th, 2020

Staying active and challenging your brain are a few important ways to boost mental health later in life. But for some seniors, adjusting to a new season of life, and the isolation associated with the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, can be difficult. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than two million Americans age 65 and older suffer from... Read More


Mar 20th, 2020

Practicing social distancing is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has been widely accepted as one of the best methods for reducing the spread of the coronavirus ( COVID-19,) but it can cause other concerns for those in isolation. Seniors are among the most vulnerable to the virus, but they are also the most susceptible to... Read More

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Geriatric Depression

Mar 20th, 2020

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, older adults are more susceptible to depression and anxiety as a result of social isolation, stress and fear of the unknown. Identifying depression in older adults can be challenging because symptoms of the disease are often be mistaken as typical signs of aging. However, geriatric depression is not typical, though it is treatable if diagnosed... Read More

Caring for the COVID-19 Caregivers

Mar 20th, 2020

Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic Providing full- or part-time care for a loved one managing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety or the behavioral side effects of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be overwhelming. Providing care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic can dramatically increase feelings of overwhelm and stress.  Caregiving often involves long hours managing medications, providing physical... Read More

Talking to older adults about coronavirus

Mar 16th, 2020

How to speak with your elderly loved ones about COVID-19 With COVID-19 cases growing rapidly, our daily routines are becoming unrecognizable. Disruptions have given way to panic for many, deeply affecting our mental and emotional well-being. In the midst of a crisis, everyone responds differently. However, older people age 60 and up and those with chronic diseases who are at higher risk... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Adds Two to Leadership Team

Jan 27th, 2020

Company enhances human resources, business strategy amidst corporate growth Oceans Healthcare, a growing behavioral health care provider passionate about providing needed treatment to individuals, expanding access to care and speaking honestly about mental health, today announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of two new executives. Maegan Bowman has been named Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Integration, and... Read More

How to Start a Conversation About Mental Health

Jan 9th, 2020

One in five U.S. adults is managing mental health challenges. Chances are you have a friend or family member who could use some support. But how do you initiate a conversation about mental health? It’s not as difficult as you might think, and it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Find a comfortable place to talk where you won’t have any distractions... Read More

6 Tips for Managing Mental Health Challenges in the New Year

Dec 16th, 2019

A new year offers a fresh start and another opportunity to develop positive life strategies. Although even with the best of intentions, an estimated 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. And for someone managing mental health challenges, it can be especially difficult to find motivation. However, there is hope. Taking small steps can support... Read More

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Pasadena Expands Outpatient Treatment Programs

Oct 3rd, 2019

Houston-area behavioral health provider offers intensive outpatient option for adults and seniors Oceans Behavioral Hospital Pasadena today announced expansion of its services with the opening of its new Intensive Outpatient Program. The program allows Houston-area individuals seeking specialized care to manage their behavioral health needs while maintaining their current living arrangements. In this program, the hospital’s team of expert clinicians will provide... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Named to Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies

Sep 16th, 2019

PLANO, Texas (September 16, 2019) – Oceans Healthcare’s efforts to increase access to mental health services for some of America’s most vulnerable populations continue to earn national recognition. The Plano, Texas-based behavioral health provider has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the fourth consecutive year. Oceans Healthcare is the only behavioral health provider... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Expands Behavioral Health Services to Pasadena, Texas

Jan 22nd, 2019

PASADENA, Texas (Jan. 22, 2019) – Oceans Healthcare today announced the expansion of its behavioral health services with the Jan. 30 opening of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Pasadena. The 22-bed hospital is the second Oceans facility in the greater Houston area. The Plano-based company opened nearby Oceans Behavioral Hospital Katy in 2015 and operates six hospitals across Texas. Oceans Behavioral Hospital Pasadena will... Read More

Suicide Prevention: Know the Signs

Aug 14th, 2018

Risk Of Suicide If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are both damaging and dangerous and are therefore considered a psychiatric emergency. Someone experiencing these thoughts should seek immediate assistance from a health or mental health care provider. Having suicidal thoughts does not mean someone... Read More

Anxiety: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

May 31st, 2018

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. Approximately 18 percent of adults and eight percent of children and teenagers have an anxiety disorder. Though highly treatable, only a small fraction of people with anxiety disorders receive treatment. Individuals may avoid treatment due to the stigma surrounding mental illness or simply because they do not realize... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Among North Texas Fastest-Growing Mid-Size Companies for Second Straight Year

May 18th, 2017

PLANO, Texas (May 18, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Oceans Healthcare has been named one of the 50 fastest-growing middle market companies in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal. Known as the Middle Market 50, this annual list includes public and private companies with annual revenues between $25 million and $750 million and is ranked... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Appoints Industry Experts to Board of Directors

Feb 28th, 2017

Behavioral Health Provider Strengthens Position with Nationally Recognized Thought Leaders PLANO, Texas (Feb. 28, 2017) – Oceans Healthcare, a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, today announced the addition of three leading industry experts to its Board of Directors. Rob Allen, CPA, recently served as Oceans Healthcare’s interim chief financial officer... Read More

21st Century Cures Act Represents Victory for Behavioral Health

Dec 12th, 2016

A Statement from Stuart Archer, CEO of behavioral health provider Oceans Healthcare and Board Member,National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems “With the U.S. Senate’s vote last week to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, an incredibly important piece of legislation is becoming law. The Cures Act – with provisions that impact aspects of health care from the FDA approval process of... Read More

The Picture of Behavioral Health in America

Oct 31st, 2016

Recent studies show outpatient mental healthcare is associated with more positive social functioning, and 70-90 percent of patients who get help report reduced symptoms. Since early 2015, Oceans has multiplied access to innovative outpatient services, meaning more and more adults are managing their behavioral health needs with greater independence. We pledge to continue working hard to expand access for our patients. Together,... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Depression Screening Questionnaire

Oct 12th, 2016

Depression is a serious mental health issue that affects nearly 3.3 million Americans. It can often be thought of as just a “phase” or bad mood, but in reality, depression can be a debilitating condition requiring professional support. Many cases of depression go undiagnosed due to stigma surrounding the illness and an incomplete understanding of how it can be overcome. It... Read More

Dementia or Hospital-Induced Delirium?

Aug 2nd, 2016

One of the complexities related to diagnosing patients presenting symptoms of cognitive decline is that the behavioral markers can mimic many mental disorders, and most commonly impacts the elderly. Commons symptoms that can make diagnosis more challenging include signs of memory impairment, persistent disorientation and rapid shifts in mood. While many disorders can contribute to some or all of these observable... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Among North Texas Fastest-Growing Mid-Size Companies

Jun 7th, 2016

PLANO, Texas (June 7, 2016) – Citing revenue growth from 2013-2015, Oceans Healthcare has been named one of the 50 fastest-growing middle market companies in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal. Known as the Middle Market 50, this annual list includes public and private companies with annual revenues between $25 million and $750 million and is ranked on a weighted... Read More

Oceans Healthcare CEO Stuart Archer Joins National Advocacy Organization's Board of Trustees

Mar 30th, 2016

PLANO, Texas (March 30, 2016) – The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems today announced Stuart Archer, CEO of Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused primarily on older adults and seniors, has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Trustees. Archer has led Oceans Healthcare since 2014. A skilled executive with extensive expertise in multi-state and multi-site hospital operations, he... Read More

Amerinet, Oceans Healthcare partner to improve supply chain

Dec 18th, 2015

St. Louis (December 17, 2015) - Amerinet Inc., a leading national healthcare solutions organization, today announced a new multi-year primary agreement with Oceans Healthcare for supply chain and healthcare clinical and operational services. Oceans is a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on older adults and seniors.“As a growing multi-state, multi-site provider we sought a partner that could support our mission of providing... Read More

9 Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression

Dec 10th, 2015

Oceans Behavioral Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, recognizes holiday depression is a serious problem that affects many Americans every year. The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy but if you’re already suffering from depression, the holidays can exacerbate the problem. Depression is more common than AIDS,... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Recognizes National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oct 5th, 2015

Approximately 15 Percent of adults age 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder  Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, recognizes Metal Illness Awareness Week Oct. 4 - 10. This week focuses on supporting those experiencing mental illness, educating the public, advocating for equal care and fighting for this... Read More

Oceans Healthcare Joins National Behavioral Health Advocacy Group

Sep 29th, 2015

National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems Advocates for Prevention, Treatment and Care  Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, today announced it has joined the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. The national advocacy group represents provider systems that are committed to delivery of responsive, accountable and clinically effective prevention,... Read More


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