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IN THE NEWS: NAMI St. Louis

March 2, 2017

By Chris Aiken, M.D. | Feb. 06, 2017

“You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder.

Psychiatrists don’t know enough about how to help families in this situation. I should know—I’m a psychiatrist myself. When mental illness hit my home, Read More

    By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters February 23, 2017

    GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

    An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 percent in a decade, as people live longer, Read More

    January 30, 2017 | By Joe Robertson

    A new mental health triage center in Kansas City is struggling to meet a pressing need: aiding people in severe mental distress whom police in the past too often delivered to the county jail or the nearest hospital emergency room — usually bad choices.

    Walkie talkies interrupt. Smartphones buzz with calls.

    The women working at Kansas City’s 3-month-old mental illness crisis center have too many desperate lines in the water for there to be any pause Read More

    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 | BY TRIBUNE MEDIA

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A Missouri mom is making headlines after sharing an emotional Facebook post about motherhood and mental illness that’s gone viral.

    Cierra Fortner, a married mom of two living in Oak Grove, Mo., wrote the post that’s now been shared more than 93,000 times as of Tuesday night.

    “It`s crazy how fast things can spread and how far they can spread,” Fortner told FOX 4.

    Fortner wrote her emotional essay after a trip to Read More

    By KELLY MOFFITT|JAN 30, 2017

    Nathaniel Ayers may not yet be a household name in classical music, but you surely know who he is. The prodigy’s story was depicted in the 2009 film “The Soloist” by actor Jamie Foxx. It was Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez who discovered Ayers in 2005 and originally wrote a book about him, by the same title.

    Lopez joined St. Louis on the Air on Monday to discuss his friendship with Ayers and how that is Read More

    Diane Duke Williams | January 6th, 2017

    Many people with psychiatric problems want to quit smoking, but psychiatrists and caseworkers typically don’t prescribe medications to help them or refer them to services aimed at smoking cessation, researchers find.

    Among American adults who have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or clinical depression, 57 percent are smokers. In contrast, only 15 percent of US adults overall smoke.

    “Patients with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than people Read More

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