2nd Thursday Seminars

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The NAMI St. Louis Brown Bag Lecture Series is held the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Location: The Heights – Richmond Heights Community Center
8001 Dale Ave
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Time: Noon – 1:00 PM

Bring you lunch and we will provide the drink and cookies when you RSVP using the form below or by calling our HelpLine at 314-962-4670.


Upcoming Topics:

March 9, 2017

Topic: Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health and Addiction)

Speaker: Lauren Zehnle, MA, LPC, RASAC II, St. Director of St. Louis Addiction Counseling LLC

Dual diagnosis, most notably the co-occurrence of a psychiatric disorder and substance abuse disorder, is a common condition that can result in extreme suffering. Much evidence suggests that when both disorders are treated, the patient’s prognosis is significantly better. The mental health field has made huge strides over the last few decades in treating dual diagnosis and training clinicians to accurately screen and treat patients with co-morbidity. Please join us in a discussion of dual diagnosis and discover how comprehensive treatment may ensure greater success in the road to recovery.

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April 13, 2017

Topic: Worry Less with St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions

Speaker: Melissia Robinson, MA Executive Director and Jill Walsh, MSW Director of Client Services for St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions

Ms. Robinson and Ms. Walsh will be speaking about accessing resources to assist in enhancing your living situation. We will cover the Continuum of In-Home support services and community resources available to make this possible. We assist in coordinating these services so you can “Worry Less”.

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May 11, 2017

Topic: Equal Access to Justice – An Overview of MO HealthNet, legal assistance regarding MO HealthNet and other issues that may impact people with disabilities

Speakers: Tiajuana Henderson, MBA, Healthcare Advocate, Advocates for Family Health (AFH) from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc. and W. Patrick (Pat) Mobley, J.D., Lead Attorney, Legal Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness (LAAMI) also from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.

Ms. Henderson will provide an overview of how to apply for MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Kids, Pregnant Women and Families and how they can assist families when they have problems getting MO HealthNet and services through MO HealthNet.  Mr. Mobley will cover the types of cases that Legal Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness see and how they can assist clients.

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June 8, 2017

Topic: End of Session Review of 2017 Missouri Legislature

Speaker:  Amy Blouin, Executive Director, Missouri Budget Project

The 2017 Missouri Legislature began with a flurry of activity around cutting state services because of revenue shortfalls and bills filed to reform Medicaid because of growing healthcare expenditures.  The mission of the Missouri Budget Project is to improve the quality of life for all Missourians by informing public policy decisions through objective research and analysis of state budget, tax and economic issues. Ms. Blouin will share what happened in the 2017 legislative session related to the state budget and healthcare and how it impacts the future for Missouri’s most vulnerable.  She will also talk about the streamlined sales tax, circuit breaker tax credit, and what we must do to make sure that critical state services are maintained.

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July 13, 2017

Topic: Anxiety and Depression: Taking Charge of Your Health & Well-being

Speaker: Sheila Hunt, MA, LPC, Regional Director of Business Development/Assessment & Referral at CenterPointe Behavioral Health System

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in our society.  Anxiety and depression are not the same, but they often occur together.  In this presentation you will learn how to identify the hidden triggers of anxiety and depression by taking care of your health, managing your stress, your relationships and environment.

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