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Saint Louis University School of Medicine Starts Missouri’s First Addiction Medicine Fellowship

See original article HERE. St. Louis University is starting a program to train doctors to treat patients with addictions. The university’s school of medicine will operate the state’s first addiction medicine fellowship. Fellowship doctors will compete rotations at the city’s hospitals, clinics and community health centers. They’ll also learn how to treat addiction in pregnant patients and newborns and receive training in telemedicine. “It’s exciting, because addiction psychiatry has been around since 1991, but addiction medicine now is open to any specialty in medical education,” said Dr. Fred Rottnek, a SLU family medicine professor and director of the fellowship. The Missouri Foundation for Health, SLU, SSM Health and the State Opioid Response program are funding the fellowships, which cost nearly $100,000 a year, including salaries and administrative costs. Fellowships are post-graduate programs that doctors can use to further specialize in a chosen field. For decades, doctors have been able to complete fellowships in specialties such as pediatrics and cardiology. But...Read More >

Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

1. What are the “Winter Blues”? “Winter Blues” are generally thought of as feelings of sadness, loneliness, depression and even anxiety in the winter months, and especially during or around holiday time. Any factor that can cause depression, stress, or anxiety in an individual can bring on the blues or worsen those conditions at holiday time. Stressful family situations and illness in the family can be predisposing factors. Unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and excessive commitments can also contribute. And certain people may feel anxious or depressed around the winter holidays due to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes referred to as seasonal depression. 2. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that becomes commonplace as the days grow shorter from fall through winter. Many people experience depression as a result of colder, darker days, and often find that they eat and sleep slightly more during the winter. The effects of SAD can range from...Read More >

Medical Cannabis – What It Means for Missouri Businesses

Today at the Greater St. Charles County Lunch with Leaders Meeting at the beautiful Tuscan Piazza Messina, spokespersons for the Amendment 2 campaign, the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, the Medical Marijuana Regulation Section in the Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Regulation and Licensure, and Armstrong Teasdale and Andrew Mullins – provided insight into Missouri’s efforts to make medical marijuana accessible for qualified patients, uphold quality and safety standards for medical marijuana and regulate the medical marijuana industry to comply with Missouri law.

Overcoming Communication Challenges in Treating Suicidal Patients

Regaining a sense of self-worth, belonging and  hopefulness are key elements to defeating depression, according to Douglas A. Landy, MD.  Learn more HERE.

CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Lecture: Fix a Problem (OCD) or Build a Life, Friday, January 24, 2020

You are cordially invited to attend a CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Lecture NO COST ~ Networking ~ Continental Breakfast ~ Door Prizes ~ FREE 1.5 CE Credits TOPIC: Fix a Problem or Build a Life This presentation will discuss why building a life can be more effective than fixing obsessive-compulsive disorder. The presenter will talk about how feeling obsessive-compulsive disorder gave him his life back and developed him powerfully from within. He will also discuss his experience with mental health professionals that have done and continue to do their inner work. PRESENTER: Greg Sansone Subject Expert and Group Facilitator for Show Me OCD Support Group DATE: Friday, January 24, 2020 TIME: Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lecture 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital Gym (2-story building toward back, right side of campus) 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 CEUs: 1.5 CEUs will be awarded to Missouri Social Workers, Counselors and...Read More >

St. Louis Makes Forbes List of Top 25 Places to Visit in the U.S. in 2020

US Travel: 25 Best Places To Visit In 2020 Laura Begley Bloom Senior Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. ForbesWomen Transformative Travel: I look at how travel can change lives Where: St. Louis, Missouri Chosen by: Marcia DeSanctis writes for Vogue, Departures, Travel + Leisure and Air Mail, and is the author of a New York Times best-selling book about France. Why: Why doesn’t everyone visit St. Louis, Missouri? And frankly, move there? As American cities go, it’s as vibrant, diverse and hip as it gets, and if that’s surprising, stop in next time you’re flying from New York to LA. Though the city endured some rough economic times in postindustrial years, start-up culture is redefining its economy in big, positive ways. That, on top of a legacy of architectural masterpieces from its moneyed past make the city the rarest of paradoxes: a cool city with class. Name another steal-your-breath experience like the moment the 630-foot arch...Read More >

St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH)

The St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH) is a non-profit that operates a volunteer-run peer support helpline service in the St. Louis region. SQSH’s mission is to serve and strengthen the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community by providing an empathetic listening ear, by connecting callers safely and reliably to LGBTQIA-affirming resources, and by increasing the visibility of LGBTQIA+ concerns, needs, and resources in the St. Louis region. Call SQSH anytime between Fridays – Sundays, 1PM – 5PM at 314-380-7774 (Toll Free: 844-785-7774) to receive free, confidential, and identity-affirming emotional support, resources, and referrals – for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, by the community. Learn more at thesqsh.org.

MHA Snow Ball Gala 2019: Promoting Mental Wellness for Everyone

Winter Wonderland at CenterPointe!

Penguins, polar bears, giant snowflakes and ice-capped mountains create a Winter Wonderland backdrop for the CenterPointe Hospital Staff Holiday Party.

CenterPointe Names October Employee of the Month, Sarah D.

CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to announce that Sarah D. has been named the CenterPointe Hospital Employee of the Month for October 2019! Sarah joined CPH in March of 2018 as a Mental Health Tech I and was promoted to Mental Health Tech II in October of this year. Nominations included the following accolades about Sarah: “Sarah is known for her warmth and congeniality towards patients and staff, her ability to make new staff members feel welcome and her flexibility and dependability.” “Sarah is a self-starter, she identifies situations that need immediate attention and deals with them proficiently and in a way that does not draw attention to her actions.” “Sarah is a very hard worker – I never have to ask her to do anything because she has already completed the task.” Congratulations, Sarah! From the Administration and Staff of CenterPointe Hospital

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