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IN THE NEWS: NAMI St. Louis

March 29, 2018

NAMI Missouri Executive Director, Gena Terlizzi, is interviewed about a recently distributed report entitled, “Nowhere to Turn”.  This is part of an overall collaborative effort to enhance Missouri’s current mental health parity law that seeks to level the playing field when it comes to mental healthcare coverage compared to other medical care coverage.  If you want to help, please contact your state legislators and ask them to vote for HB 2384.  CLICK HERE to email them now.

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    Self-Help Techniques For Coping With Mental Illness

    By Emmie Pombo | Mar. 09, 2018

    Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution. While treatments like medication and psychotherapy are incredibly helpful, sometimes people experiencing mental health conditions need to do more day-in and day-out to feel good or even just okay.

    Some common self-help suggestions people receive are to exercise, meditate and be more present, which are helpful and work for many people. However, other proven methods aren’t mentioned Read More

    FY18 Funding Signals Greater Investment in Services for Individuals with Mental Illness & Families  Mar 22 2018

    Following the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 federal appropriations package, NAMI is extremely grateful for the increased investments in mental health services and supports. By including significant funding increases for these programs, Congress has taken a crucial step to support individuals with mental illness and their families.

    The bill substantially boosts several of NAMI’s key priorities. It includes significant investments in research at the Read More

    March 20, 2018 | By Vic Faust

    Interactions between first responders and people with mental health issues are increasing across the country. So much so that first responders are receiving special training to recognize the signs of mental illness.

    More than 500 law enforcement and behavioral health professionals from Missouri attended the 4th annual Crisis Intervention Team conference in Columbia. The goal was to train first responders to recognize and de-escalate a situation when a patient or suspect seems to have a Read More

    March 27, 2018 | By Chris Warner

    A new report has found that the State of Missouri has serious gaps between mental health care needs and access to care.

    For Kayla Dawson, her first bout with opioids and methamphetamines took her to the methadone clinic in Springfield. Kayla Dawson: “You pay $125 a week, plus you have to, at the beginning, you have to drive up there everyday, so that’s gas money you have to drive everyday.”

    She paid out of pocket for the Read More

    How Do I Know If My Therapist Is Effective?

    By Laura Greenstein

    It can be a challenge to find the “right” therapist for you. You might come across someone who has a degree from an impressive school, writes extensively on psychology and mental illness, gives lectures and talks, and still isn’t an effective therapist. And while it is important for therapists to be educated, trained and up-to-date on current practices, there is so much more to a good therapist than just their background and education.

    Because the science of therapy Read More

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