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CenterPointe Hospital Announces January 2019 Employee of the Month

CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to announce Bob B. as the winner of the January 2019 On-Pointe Employee of the Month Award.  Bob was nominated by his peers who made some of the following comments about Bob: “Bob is very dedicated to our Changing Pointe Program. He engages patients where they are and works diligently to ensure that their treatment is comprehensive and specific to their individual needs.  Bob is always a patient advocate and never hesitates to do what needs to be done to ensure quality patient care and customer service.  Bob is an asset to The Changing Pointe Program.” “Bob has become an integral part of the Changing Pointe Program.  He is always helpful, conscientious and supportive to patients and his co-workers.  Bob has been with us for over 15 years and he is an exemplary employee.” “Bob is dedicated to providing the highest patient care.  He is kind, gentle, empathetic, caring, non-judgmental and a source of great hope...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Featured in Architectural Newsletter

Read original article HERE. Centered on Patient Care CenterPointe Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, the first stand-alone behavioral facility in the area, is addressing a significant need for behavioral health services in the surrounding community. The 56,000 square-foot, 72-bed hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Designed as a prototype, this $18.7 million building can be adapted for a variety of sites, with the lobby and dining space anchoring the design. Providing both a buffer between the hospital and the surrounding neighborhood and a comforting, natural setting is a 1.3 acre tree preservation area. Natural light infuses the space, with high ceilings and large windows in public spaces, and clerestory glazing in more sensitive areas. Horizontal banding in the dining area emphasizes the connection with the exterior by directing sight lines through the use of reveals. The dining area serves not only patient functions but can be used as meeting space for staff and public events.

CenterPointe Hospital Hosts Lecture on Innovative Strategies in Psychotherapy

CENTERPOINTE HOSPITAL HOSTED Behavioral Health Lecture February 22, 2019 Innovative Strategies in Psychotherapy by Howard Rosenthal, Ed.D During an extremely lively presentation where he talked about “fragranced lip gloss, colas and cars,” Dr. Howard Rosenthal encouraged an audience of nearly 300 social workers, counselors and other healthcare professionals to never be afraid to think outside the box – to develop their own unique techniques when working with patients for whom the traditional methods do not work.

St. Charles County Ranks as One of Missouri’s Healthiest Counties!

St. Charles County continuously ranks as one of Missouri’s healthiest counties and strives to be among the healthiest communities in the United States. The Department of Public Health is leading a county-wide effort called MAPP (Mobilizing to Action through Planning and Partnerships) to identify public health issues within the community and develop strategies to address those concerns. Take 5 minutes to help the St. Charles MAPP coalition identify health needs for this community and provide the best resources to you, your family and others by completing their survey at:

Women and Mental Health

Read the original article HERE. Overview Mental disorders can affect women and men differently. Some disorders are more common in women such as depression and anxiety. There are also certain types of depression that are unique to women. Some women may experience symptoms of mental disorders at times of hormone change, such as perinatal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and perimenopause-related depression. When it comes to other mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, research has not found differences in rates that men and women experiences these illnesses. But, women may experience these illnesses differently – certain symptoms may be more common in women than in men, and the course of the illness can be affected by the sex of the individual. Researchers are only now beginning to tease apart the various biological and psychosocial factors that may impact the mental health of both women and men. Warning Signs Women and men can develop most of the same mental disorders...Read More >

Diet and Mental Health

Read the original article HERE. There is research to suggest that what we eat may affect not just our physical health, but also our mental health and wellbeing. Eating well (i.e. a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients) may be associated with feelings of wellbeing. One 2014 study found high levels of wellbeing were reported by individuals who ate more fruit and vegetables1.  A recent study found that a Mediterranean-style diet (a diet high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil.) supplemented with fish oil led to a reduction in depression among participants, which was sustained six months after the intervention.2  The importance of good nutritional intake at an early age is explored in multiple studies, including a systematic review in 2014, which found that a poor diet (with high levels of saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and processed food products) is linked to poorer mental health in children and adolescents3. However, there are a range of inequalities that can contribute to the development of mental health problems,...Read More >

CenterPointe Announces December 2018 Employee of the Month!

CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to announce Jacob K. as the winner of the December 2018 On-Pointe Employee of the Month Award. Jacob was nominated by his peers who made some of the following comments about Jacob: “Jacob is always smiling and pleasant! He is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about all aspects of CenterPointe Hospital. When a request is put in for supplies he is on it with speed! We have called him “Jimmy John’s – Freaky Fast!” “Jacob has been very instrumental in facilitating a number of cost containment initiatives for the Hospital. He is always willing to lend a hand to assist with projects that need extra assistance.” “During one of the recent winter snow storms, Jacob went the extra mile to make extra sure the staff and patients had everything they needed to be comfortable and resume their regular activities.” Congratulations to Jacob for a job well done! From the Staff and Administration of CenterPointe Hospital!

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CenterPointe West County Outpatient Therapist, Baker Symes, Presents to St. Louis County Juvenile Probation Officers

At a training seminar for St. Louis County Juvenile Probation Officers, CenterPointe West County Outpatient Therapist, Baker Symes, offered tools to assess the stressors and emotional issues facing adolescents today and praised juvenile officers for their role in helping adolescents “become stronger and hopeful that he/she can create a successful future.” Mr. Symes, also a talented musician, sang the song, “The Reason”, which is often requested by the adolescents in his treatment program:  “…I’ve found out a reason for me to change who I used to be, a reason to start over new, and the reason is you.”          

African-Americans Who Have Made a Positive Impact in the Mental Health Community

View original article from Project 375 HERE. In honor of Black History Month, we want to recognize the contributions of African-Americans, past and present, who have made a positive impact in the mental health community. Michi Marshall, co-founder of PROJECT 375, works tirelessly to shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness. Hear her full interview on The Breakfast Club here. 11 times Black celebs opened up about dealing with mental health issues. Read the full story here. During her White House tenure, Michelle Obama has made sure everyone knew her stance on mental health. Not only did she launch initiatives supporting those with mental health conditions, she also freely encouraged the nation to discuss and seek help for any psychological health issues, reducing stigma against these conditions along the way. Click here to read just some of the ways Obama advocated for change and shattered the stigma surrounding mental illness. Meet Mamie Phipps Clark, the social psychologist who helped outlaw segregated...Read More >

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