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Exercise: Psych patients’ new natural prescription

Read original article HERE. Date: May 21, 2019 Source: University of Vermont Summary: A new study advocates for exercise as a fundamental treatment and intervention method within inpatient psychiatric facilities. Full Story: When it comes to inpatient treatment of a range of mental health and mood disorders — from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia, suicidality and acute psychotic episodes — a new study suggest that physical exercise is so effective at alleviating patient symptoms that it could reduce patients’ time admitted to acute facilities and reliance on psychotropic medications. “The general attitude of medicine is that you treat the primary problem first, and exercise was never considered to be a life or death treatment option. Now that we know it’s so effective, it can become as fundamental as pharmacological intervention,” explains David Tomasi, a lecturer at the University of Vermont, psychotherapist and inpatient psychiatry group therapist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and lead researcher of the study. Practitioners...Read More >

Adolescent suicides reach highest recorded rate since 2000

The suicide rate for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years and young adults aged 20 to 24 years increased in 2017 to its highest point since 2000, according to a research letter published in JAMA. Read the article HERE.

Positive Affirmations Can Help Prevent Anxiety, Fear and Worry

During a presentation at NCADA St. Louis, Connie Fischer, LCSW, Director Mental Health Promotion, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, offered prevention techniques on how to prevent unrealistic anxiety, fear and worry.  One technique includes embracing positive affirmations such as:  “I love and accept myself the way I am”, I am open to receiving support from others”, and “I’m learning that it’s OK to make mistakes.”

Understanding Opioid Addiction & Treatment: A Presentation at Esse Health South County

CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to work with Esse Health, a St. Louis-based, independent physician group with 38 locations throughout the St. Louis and Metro East area that strives to improve the overall well-being of its patients through patient education, lifestyle modification and prevention. During an in-service presentation at Esse Health South County, Candi Finan, MA, LPC explains how opioid use can quickly turn into addiction, and how early intervention and treatment can lead to life-long recovery through The Changing Pointe Treatment Center at CenterPointe Hospital.  For more information on The Changing Pointe, go to: https://centerpointehospital.com/addiction-treatment-services/

Night owls can ‘retrain’ their body clocks to improve mental well-being and performance

Read original article HERE. Date: June 10, 2019 Source: University of Birmingham Summary: A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ — people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits — could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits and a decrease in depression and stress. Full Story: A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ — people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits — could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits and a decrease in depression and stress. New international research by the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in the UK, and Monash University in Australia, showed that, over a three-week period, it was possible to shift the circadian rhythm of ‘night owls’ using non-pharmacological and practical interventions. The study, recently published in Sleep Medicine, showed participants were able to bring forward their sleep/wake timings by two...Read More >

Celebrating Minority Mental Health Month: #DepthOfMyIdentity

Diversity of thought and representation is important in all we do. Even more so when we come to understand that there are many people whose lives and voices are not represented and their voices unheard. For all individuals, our identities are formed not only by what we believe to be true, but also the views of others around us. In many ways, specific communities (oftentimes referred to as marginalized, people of color, minority) are seen as victims or broken. As a community, they must constantly work towards combating those stereotypes to maintain wellbeing. It is at the intersection of all these nuanced identities where one must constantly confront the biases and stereotypes used by others to define them. This year, in observance of Minority Mental Health Month in July, we want to understand how these intersections and struggles impact the mental health of these communities. We want to challenge those perceptions and highlight the depth of one’s identity beyond what...Read More >

The Ongoing Opioid Crisis

Brandon Costerison from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) presented on the topic, “The Ongoing Opioid Crisis”, held at CenterPointe Hospital to an audience of 200 local providers.  Brandon reported there were 1,016 reported deaths from opioid overdoses in 2018 in the Greater St. Louis Region, and the data is still coming in for 2018.  This represents a 54% increase in overdose deaths since 2014. One of the major factors in the increase of opioid overdose deaths is fentanyl, which is 80-100 times stronger than morphine and often added to heroin to increase its potency. Heroin users have no way of knowing they are purchasing fentanyl, which often results in an overdose death. Brandon stated that the NCADA provides Narcan (naloxone) through the MO-HOPE Project to counteract the life-threatening effects of opioid overdoses.  He also provided information about the Good Samaritan Law which protects users or witnesses from minor drug and alcohol violations when seeking medical help...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Takes PRIDE in its Employees

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care. Strength Over Silence Watch the new three-part docuseries, Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community. NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery. Help us spread the word...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Announces March 2019 Employee of the Month

CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to announce Tinamarie E. as the March 2019 Employee of the Month! Tinamarie received the following nominations: “Tinamarie is very involved with and dedicated to helping adolescents and she invests a lot of time working together with their families. I don’t think we tell her how much she is appreciated, although she truly is.” “Tinamarie has strong leadership skills and she is dedicated to providing excellent patient care to adolescents. Tina stays late when needed and has been a great mentor to newer therapists.” “Tinamarie is reliable, caring and thorough in all that she does for adolescents and their families. She is a team player and is always willing to help out, from giving clinical advice to assisting with case management. It is a pleasure to work with Tinamarie.” Congratulations, Tinamarie, on this well- deserved recognition! From the Staff and Administration of CenterPointe Hospital

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