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True You Recovery Program at CenterPointe Hospital

Scott Heuer, Therapist, talks about True You Recovery, a residential treatment program dedicated to meeting the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

CenterPointe Hospital Announces November 2019 Employee of the Month – Abigail S.

CenterPointe Hospital is very pleased to announce that Abigail S. has been named the November 2019 Employee of the Month!  Abigail’s nominations included the following accolades: Abby is: “Compassionate and hard-working.  She goes above and beyond for our patients.  She is a joy to work with and the patients “Love” her.  She is an asset to our program.” “Positive no matter what is going on around her.  She always has a smile on her face. She is truly an asset to our team!” “Pleasant, hard-working, shows empathy and is a positive addition to the team.” Congratulations, Abby! From the Administration and Staff of CenterPointe Hospital

CenterPointe Behavioral Health Lecture: The Effects of Mental Health Issues on the Family, February 28th

You are cordially invited to attend a CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Lecture NO COST ~ Networking ~ Continental Breakfast ~ Door Prizes ~ FREE 1.5 CE Credits TOPIC: The Effects of Mental Health Issues on the Family DESCRIPTION: Mental health issues of one or more members of the family unit affect all members. This training will discuss how family members process/adapt in both maladaptive and positive ways to a member affected by mental illness. Participants will learn effective ways to en-gage and support the family even in the time constraints of program/insurance issues. Symptoms, treatment and caregiver burnout will also be addressed. Resources for family members will be provided PRESENTER: Joanna Dalakos, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C, Clinical Social Worker, Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, Certified Presenter for NAMI Family Education Series DATE: Friday, February 28, 2020 TIME: Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lecture 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital Gym (2-story building toward back, right side...Read More >

Lawmakers want to help first responders get treatment for PTSD

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story contains details that some readers might find disturbing. JEFFERSON CITY — First responders recounted traumatizing experiences in vivid detail during a Missouri Senate committee hearing Tuesday. “If you’ve ever held a limb separated from a person, it’s weird,” said Ben Chlapek of the Mid-America Regional Council and Missouri EMS Association. “And on the highway, we have to pick up a leg or an arm sometimes. They’re heavy. It sits in your mind and it doesn’t go away.” Chlapek wasn’t the only first responder to tell members of the Senate General Laws Committee about picking up human body parts, alongside other disturbing experiences of death, danger and cruelty during the public hearing. Almost all of them were testifying in favor of Senate Bill 710, a bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, that would make it easier for first responders to receive workers’ compensation for PTSD. If the bill becomes law, first responders would have a...Read More >

The Theme for Black History Month 2020 is “African Americans & the Vote”

2020 is an important general election year, and a landmark year for voting rights. This year’s theme for Black History month, “African Americans and the Vote”, recognizes the struggle for voting rights among both black men AND women throughout American history. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right of black men to vote following the Civil War. It also marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. It is an ongoing struggle for people of color that continues into the 21st century. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does — that makes you a winner right there. — Venus Williams

Stand Down – RISE UP: Respect and Redirect

STAND DOWN / RISE UP Respect and Redirect celebrates Black History Month as it searches for a path towards a peaceful society. This program is presented with support from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. DATE: Monday, February 17, 2020 TIME: 6 – 7:30 PM LOCATION: Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall, Washington University in St. Louis Free and open to the public   Learn more HERE.

NAMI St. Louis 2020 Walk Rally

The National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Louis Chapter rallied the community to start building their teams for the 2020 NAMI Walk on May 2nd at Chesterfield Central Park.  Let’s make the 2020 NAMI Walk the BIGGEST WALK EVER!                

CDC Reports U.S. Overall Drug Overdose Death Rate Down, But Opioid Overdose Death Rate Up by 10% in 2018

The age-adjusted rate of U.S. drug overdose deaths in 2018 was 4.6% lower than the rate in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. New data from the National Vital Statistics System also show there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2018, 4.1% fewer than the 70,237 deaths reported in 2017. Despite the decline in overall drug overdose deaths, there was a 10% increase in the rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as fentanyl, in 2018 compared with 2017. Furthermore, the age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths involving cocaine more than tripled from 2012 through 2018, while the rate of deaths involving certain psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine, increased nearly five-fold. The CDC also reported the decrease in life expectancy between 2014 and 2017 was driven mostly by increases in mortality due to deaths from unintentional injuries, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease. Improvements in life expectancy between 2017 and 2018,...Read More >

Fix the Problem or Build a Life

Greg Sansone, subject expert on anxiety and OCD, advised to “lean into the problem, be with it, and allow yourself to experience it fully – don’t run from it.”  Comment from a participant: “This was informative, helpful and an absolutely moving and hopeful presentation.  Thank you for sponsoring it!!”

Saint Louis University School of Medicine Starts Missouri’s First Addiction Medicine Fellowship

See original article HERE. St. Louis University is starting a program to train doctors to treat patients with addictions. The university’s school of medicine will operate the state’s first addiction medicine fellowship. Fellowship doctors will compete rotations at the city’s hospitals, clinics and community health centers. They’ll also learn how to treat addiction in pregnant patients and newborns and receive training in telemedicine. “It’s exciting, because addiction psychiatry has been around since 1991, but addiction medicine now is open to any specialty in medical education,” said Dr. Fred Rottnek, a SLU family medicine professor and director of the fellowship. The Missouri Foundation for Health, SLU, SSM Health and the State Opioid Response program are funding the fellowships, which cost nearly $100,000 a year, including salaries and administrative costs. Fellowships are post-graduate programs that doctors can use to further specialize in a chosen field. For decades, doctors have been able to complete fellowships in specialties such as pediatrics and cardiology. But...Read More >

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