Considering the news regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAMI released the following information.
As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), notes the following in terms of risk assessment:For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States. People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has Read More
To our NAMI community in St Louis,
We are in uncertain times as we all adapt to risks that the COVID-19 virus presents to our community. We continue to closely monitor and follow guidance from the Health Department and the CDC regarding our events.
As of current guidance, we are proceeding with NAMI St. Louis classes, presentations and support groups until further guidance. However, we understand that people may opt to not attend or may need accommodations. We are exploring ways to Read More
‘It’s like the perfect storm for mental illness to kick in’: Local experts provide free resources to combat anxiety, depression during COVID-19
ST. LOUIS — Each year, nearly 16,000 people in eastern Missouri are served by the resources offered by Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri.
Anne Shaw Heinrich, the organization’s vice president of development, said that number includes the 500 to 700 people who call their helpline looking for various resources and the hundreds who attend groups to learn to cope with stress and anxiety. While those groups can’t currently meet in person, there Read More
May 8, 2020 By Katherine Kam WebMD https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200508/mental-health-emerging-crisis-of-covid-pandemic
May 8, 2020 — Americans are reporting high levels of emotional distress from the coronavirus pandemic — levels that some experts warn may lead to a national mental health crisis.
“Our society is definitely in a collective state of trauma,” said Jonathan Porteus, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist who oversees the crisis and suicide hotline in Sacramento, CA. Unlike posttraumatic stress disorder, which surfaces after a trauma has ended, the country is only starting to grapple with the pandemic’s psychological fallout, Read More
April 30, 2020 By Brad Bowins, M.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2020/What-Is-The-Role-Of-Activity-For-Mental-Health
Mental illness exerts a heavy toll on society, but only receives a fraction of the funding that physical illness does. There is a universal need for beneficial and cost-effective interventions for mental illness. But what might qualify as an option?
One possible answer is activity! As a psychiatrist treating a wide range of conditions, I have seen first-hand the benefit of activity and routinely apply it to clients, both in terms of Read More
Arlington, VA — This May for Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition. And now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.
This year, NAMI’s You Are Not Read More
In a March 26 press briefing, Gov. Mike Parson and Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer emphasized the importance of mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We realize this is a challenging, uncertain time for Missouri and the nation,” Parson said. “Mental health is something everyone should focus on not just right now, but going forward as Missourians continue to cope with the after-effects of COVID-19. We’re going to get through Read More
March 26, 2020 By Jim Roberts WGEM https://wgem.com/2020/03/26/missouri-governor-emphasizes-importance-of-mental-health-during-covid-19-crisis/
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WGEM) — In Thursday’s press briefing, Governor Parson and Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer spoke about the importance of mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) serves people of all ages with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Department serves approximately 170,000 people a year through both institutions and community programs.Read More