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IN THE NEWS: NAMI St. Louis

October 2, 2018

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Topic: Beyond One Day at a Time: Planning for the Lifetime of a Person with Special Needs

    Speaker: Debbie Niemann & Kacy Seitz, Northwestern Mutual

    Kacy and Debbie both have daughters with special needs. This workshop will education individuals with a special needs child/adult on how to prepare for two generations of financial security. The workshop will show attendees how to build a team and cover the key aspects to a special needs plan.

    Please bring your questions.

    Location: Grace United Church of Read More

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    Alcohol dependence, psychiatric disorders share genetic links

    (Image credit: Michael Worful)

    In the largest study of genetic factors linked to alcohol dependence, an international team of researchers identified a gene known to affect risk, and they determined that many other genes also contribute to risk for alcohol dependence to a lesser degree. In addition, the study linked genetic factors associated with alcohol dependence to other psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and showed that genetic factors associated with typical drinking sometimes are different from those associated Read More

    Mindful breathing, medication and therapy does wonders for those like the ‘Late Show’ host, Ryan Reynolds, Carson Daly and Meghan Trainor, who get panic attacks on the job.

    You’re just going about your business when suddenly, your chest gets tight, your heart starts pounding and you can’t breathe.

    That’s the terrifying experience felt by someone suffering a panic attack.

    “It was like there was a weight on my chest and I was suffocating. The more I fixated on it, the Read More

    How To Be Supportive Of Your Partner With Mental Illness

    Being in a relationship with someone you love can be beautiful. It can also be difficult, as you face the hurdles of everyday life. But if your partner struggles with mental illness, those issues can become much more intense for both of you. Understanding the needs of someone with mental illness is challenging. And you may not know how to support your partner living with mental illness while caring for your own needs, too. Here are a few ways Read More

    Secretary Alex Azar, U.S. Health & Human Services, announced that the Administration will allow states to apply for Medicaid waivers to pay for mental health treatment in inpatient settings known as IMDs, or institutions of mental disease.  Historically, Medicaid has not paid for treatment in these settings for most adults. While this policy was intended to reduce inhumane institutionalization, it also resulted in unequal coverage of mental health and, tragically, a lack of appropriate options for people with severe mental health Read More

    When looking for mental health care, many St. Louisans don’t know where to start, report says

    SUSANNAH LOHR | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

    St. Louis still has significant work to do to make behavioral health care accessible for all its residents, according to a new report from the city’s mental health board.

    The St. Louis Mental Health Board’s report released Thursday explains that city residents often face barriers to treatment, including a lack of transportation and affordable care. The city also needs more specialty care for trauma and violence survivors, LGBTQ people and people in continued Read More

    Mapping out mental health needs in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Mental Health Board is preparing to release its yearly $2.5 million in grants to local agencies, and it’s coupled with a needs assessment detailing what the city’s doing right–and where it needs improvement.

    The 2018 St. Louis Adult Behavioral Health Community Needs Assessment was conducted by the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis. Its aim is to find out the biggest issues to address, and the MHB will also use it to determine Read More

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