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My Military Story

I joined the United States Air Force in July 2000, fresh out of the cornfield of Northwest Ohio, and completed basic training and logistics analyst school at Lackland AFB, TX. My first duty station was at Malmstrom AFB, MT and I had to get out a map to figure out exactly where Montana was (admittedly, I was not the best geography student). Life in Montana was calm and I had a lot of time to learn my new job and figure out exactly what a logistics analyst was (the job sounded cool and it had a killer sign-on bonus). On the morning of September 11, 2001 I was in the chow-hall eating breakfast with some buddies when breaking news reported that a plane had hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center; unfortunate tragedy. When another plane hit the South Tower you could feel the energy drain from the room; the looks on the faces of our Senior Enlisted...Read More >

Help is Available During Memorial Day Holiday

The Memorial Day holiday is a time to honor our fallen heroes. It is also important to recognize that, for some individuals, the holiday may be characterized by some of the following symptoms: Severe Depression Severe Anxiety Grief and Loss Isolation Post Traumatic Stress Substance Use CenterPointe Hospital Can Help Call 800-345-5407 Toll Free or 636-477-2136, Option 1, Admissions 24/7 for an Assessment at No Cost CenterPointe Hospital 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles, MO 63304

Memorial Day Tribute To My Father-in-Law

My father-in Law, Joseph Turek, is a polish immigrant that enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of WWII. He is a hero from the Battle of the Bulge and received the Medics Combat Medal for Bravery and the Bronze Star. He is my children’s grandfather and just celebrated his 97th birthday at his home in St. Genevieve, MO. He is my hero, as a role model, mentor and friend.

Memorial Day Tribute May 2019: Thank You, Dad

As the proud daughter of a World War II veteran, on Memorial Day, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all veterans for their selfless service to our country. My dad proudly served in the US Army with the 964th Engineers. He began his service at the tender age of nineteen. He never really spoke about most of his experiences during the war, but he did share a few stories with us. This is one of those stories that he shared: He and his fellow service-men were on an aircraft carrier and deposited on a beach in the dead of the night. Their assignment was to operate cranes, and they were instructed to unload freight, equipment and machinery. Dad told us that he operated that crane for so many hours, that his feet and legs became numb from applying pressure to the manual brake on the crane. After they finished just before dawn, they were taken back...Read More >

Suicide Rates in Girls Going Up

See original article on HERE. Suicide rates for young girls are rising at a pace faster than that of boys, changing the established patterns that boys are more likely to die by suicide and that girls are more likely to consider it and attempt it, according to a new study. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in in Columbus, Ohio analyzed suicide rates of US kids and teens ages 10 to 19 between 1975 and 2016 using the Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research database, run by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that period, there were more than 85,000 suicides in kids and teens, with 80% in boys and 20% in girls. The rates of suicide peaked in 1993 and had been on the decline until 2007, when they again started to climb, according to the findings, published Friday in JAMA. Although boys were 3.8 times more likely than girls to kill themselves over the 40-year...Read More >

Azfar Malik, MD Named Pioneer of the Year

Azfar Malik, MD, Chief Medical Officer of CenterPointe Hospital and President of CenterPointe Behavioral Health System, was the recipient of the Pioneer of the Year Award by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce on May 7, 2019. Dr. Malik is a Founder of CenterPointe Hospital and served as its CEO from 2003 to 2015, as well as the CEO of Signature Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City; Founder and CEO of Psych Care Consultants, LLC, a premier psychiatric group practice; and Founder and CEO of Sunshine Homes. Dr. Malik is highly regarded as an innovator, educator and leader in the behavioral health field and has been recognized throughout his career with many prestigious honors including the Mortimer Goodwin Award and Heroes in the Fight Award. Congratulations, Dr. Malik, for this well-deserved Pioneer of the Year Award!

Team CenterPointe Hospital Supports NAMI Walk St. Louis

Congratulations to Team CenterPointe Hospital for exceeding their goal of raising $2,000 to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Raafea Malik, MD Gives Hope for Those Affected by Opioid Addiction

Raafea Malik, MD, Medical Director of The Changing Pointe at CenterPointe Hospital, spoke at Park University in Parkville, MO on May 1, 2019, on the topic Opioid Addiction and Treatment Options.  Dr. Malik emphasized that addiction is treatable and those affected by opioid addiction should never give up hope.  The compassionate and caring staff at The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center encourage you to call today and take your first step on the road to recovery.  

NAMI St. Louis at CenterPointe Hospital NAMI Walk Rally

Heather Richardson from NAMI St. Louis helped recruit walkers at the CenterPointe Hospital NAMI Walk Rally on April 30, 2019.  So far, CenterPointe has recruited 103 walkers for the NAMI Walk to be held on Saturday, May 4th at Center Park in Chesterfield, and raised $1,600 to support NAMI’s important work to remove the stigma often associated with mental illness, provide free peer-to-peer and family-to-family support groups and train volunteers.  To join Team CenterPointe Hospital go to:

Sexual Assault and Mental Health

Read original article HERE. What is sexual assault? Sexual assault refers to sexual behavior that occurs without the clear consent of the victim. According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), this includes: Attempted rape; Fondling or unwanted sexual touching; Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body; and Penetration of the victim’s body (rape) It’s important to note that force does not just mean physical force, but includes manipulation, coercion, threats, and situations where a person is unable to give consent. [1] Sexual violence is never the victim’s fault. How common is sexual assault? 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men report experiencing an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. [2] How does sexual assault impact mental health? Sexual assault can have a variety of short- and long-term effects on a victim’s mental health. Many survivors report flashbacks of their assault, and feelings of shame, isolation, shock,...Read More >

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