Mental Health

Our brain governs our emotions and behaviors. When a stroke occurs, parts of our brain that control our mood and behavior may no longer function at their most optimal state. That is why stroke survivors often struggle with post-stroke psychosocial stressor such as anxiety, depression, and social isolation during and after their recovery.

Untreated post-stroke psychosocial distress can impair recovery and lead to decreased quality of life or longer recovery times for stroke survivors. Furthermore, stroke survivors often are discharged from an acute care setting directly home without additional supportive services and receive assistance primarily from informal caregivers (e.g., spouses, family members, or friends), whom are usually unprepared for the role. Increased caregiver burden affects the informal caregiver’s ability to assist the stroke survivor and their recovery; therefore, both stroke survivor and informal caregiver psychosocial distress can significantly affect a stroke survivor’s recovery. Notably, caregiver burden also impacts the health and well-being of the informal caregiver.

Post-stroke interventions are crucial to alleviate the added psychological and social distress stroke survivors and informal caregivers endure. Specifically, self-management behavioral techniques to manage psychosocial stressors affecting both the stroke survivor and informal caregiver are critical for optimal recovery and well-being.

The Mental Health Core focuses on developing and implementing interventions for the crucial post-stroke period. Specifically, we are interested in determining how self-management and behavioral interventions can address post-stroke psychosocial distress in order to provide better education and supportive services for stroke survivors and their informal caregivers.

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The Jung Center's Mind Body Spirit Institute Weekly Meditation Program

The Jung Center's Mind Body Spirit Institute offers free weekly meditation. This online and live streaming program can be taken from home, or anywhere with an internet connection. For more information and registration details, please click here

Mindful Hand Washing

"Every time we wash our hands, we have a perfect opportunity to bring our attention to the present and let go of anxiety. Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, founding director of The Jung Center's Mind Body Spirit Institute, teaches this easy practice." Please check out this mindful handwashing video provided by The Jung Center of Houston.

Recent Stroke-Related Mental Health Publications

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Mental Health Team

Jennifer E. (Sanner) Beauchamp, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Department of Research

Anjail Sharrief, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Director of Stroke Prevention

Jennifer Hughes, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Alejandro M. Chaoul, PhD
Director, The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute

Christopher Fagundes, PhD
Associate Professor, Rice University