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Recipes for Feats and Fails 2019

Multiple organizations presented on their 2019 drug/alcohol prevention and treatment programs at the December St. Louis NCADA Meeting.

A New Treatment for Alzheimer’s? It Starts With Lifestyle

Read original article HERE. Sally Weinrich knew something was terribly wrong. On two separate occasions, she forgot to pick up her grandkids from school, and she kept mixing up their names. The 70-year-old retired nursing professor had to face reality. Her worsening symptoms — the forgetfulness and confusion, the difficulties communicating and organizing activities — weren’t just stress or the normal wear and tear of aging. She lived in a matchless setting, on a lake in South Carolina, nestled in a bucolic wood. She swam daily and kayaked three days a week. But even her purposefully healthy lifestyle couldn’t protect her from the darkness she feared most: Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015, imaging tests revealed the presence of amyloid plaques, the sticky proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease that collect around brain cells and interfere with relaying messages. Weinrich also eventually learned she carried the ApoE4 gene, which increases the odds of developing Alzheimer’s. The disease was diagnosed after a neuropsychological evaluation....Read More >

True You Recovery Opening December 16, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT!at CenterPointe Hospital OPENING DECEMBER 16, 2019 The St. Louis area’s first RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER for substance use treatment dedicated to meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ members. True You Recovery is a designated SAFE SPACE for members of the LGBTQ+ community to access substance use treatment. In addition to providing a comprehensive substance use treatment curriculum, True You Recovery will also provide: A safe environment – emotionally, psychologically & physically – for members to go through this journey with their community An environment which allows clients to be their authentic self throughout treatment Gender inclusive rooming, gender affirming environment Affirming therapists and staff Peer support, family support For more information or to make a referral, call: 800-345-5407 Toll Free or 636-477-2136 Admission, Option 1

New 3-digit number for Suicide Prevention Hotline Proposed by FCC

FCC moves ahead with proposal for new 3-digit number as Suicide Prevention Hotline.  Learn more HERE.

Expressive Therapy Techniques Promote Self-Expression and Healing

Cathy Lander-Goldberg, LCSW, therapist at St. Louis Behavior Medicine Institute, inspired an audience of 200 social workers, counselors, educators, juvenile officers and other professionals with expressive arts therapy techniques utilizing art, music, dance, drama and photography to promote self-expression and healing.

CenterPointe’s Finest Nominated for VOYCE 2019 Caregiver Award

Two of CenterPointe Hospital’s finest, Monica Hindsman and Brijette Hillgardt, were nominated for the VOYCE 2019 Caregiver Award for their compassion and loving care to seniors in our Silver Lining Program. During a luncheon ceremony at the St. Louis Renaissance Airport Hotel, Monica and Brijette were recognized along with 83 other outstanding staff from over 50 senior organizations. VOYCE has been “speaking up” for quality care for seniors for over 25 years.

Glenn Close Starts Conversations About Mental Health

Read original article HERE. “My world changed,” actress Glenn Close says, “when my sister, Jessie, came up to me one summer day and said, ‘I need your help. I can’t stop thinking about killing myself.’” The award-winning actress had no experience talking about mental illness, despite a family history of depression, alcoholism, and suicide. “We had absolutely no vocabulary for mental illness,” she says. Starting the conversation Close decided it was time to talk openly about mental illness, not just with her family but on a national level. With her sister Jessie and Jessie’s son Calen, who suffers from schizophrenia, Close began Bring Change to Mind (BC2M), an organization working with schools to fight the stigma of mental illness. “We started Bring Change to Mind with the simple goal of starting the conversation,” Close says. “Jessie and Calen had the courage, over ten years ago, to talk about their illnesses on a national platform. Their courage continues to be astounding.”...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Lecture: Expressive Therapy Techniques by Cathy Lander-Goldberg, LCSW, Friday, December 6, 2019

CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Lecture NO COST ~ Networking ~ Door Prizes TOPIC: Expressive Therapy Techniques PRESENTER: Cathy Lander-Goldberg, LCSW St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute DATE: Friday, December 6, 2019 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 Continuing  Education Contact Hours: 1.5 contact hours will provided for Missouri Social Workers, Missouri Counselors and Addiction Counselors. A certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 contact hours will be awarded to all participants to submit to their respective licensing boards. About the Presenter: Ms. Lander-Goldberg earned her master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. She is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in eating disorders, depression, infertility, self-harm, grief and loss with adolescent and adult females. Ms. Lander-Goldberg often incorporates expressive therapy techniques such as journaling, photography and...Read More >

Thinking of Others During The Holiday Season

In the true spirit of the season, the Dietary Staff at CenterPointe Hospital held a Coat Drive in partnership with the St. Patrick Center throughout the month of November to collect gently used coats for those in need.  Thank you to our staff who coordinated this event and to those who so generously donated.  Our thoughts are with the individuals and families who need a helping hand as the winter season sets in.

Comic Opens Up About Battle With Depression

CNN’s John Berman speaks with comic Gary Gulman about his latest HBO series, in which he tries to remove the stigma around mental illness by sharing about his own battle with depression. HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company AT&T. See original article on CNN HERE.

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