Behavioral health is a critical issue for today’s workforce, yet limited provider access is a problem that is just as serious. Starbucks announced in September it would be enhancing its mental health initiatives, supervisor training and EAP offering. By presenting such benefits and promoting workplace wellness, the company is helping to reduce the stigma around behavioral health and is fostering a safer and healthier workplace environment. Just three weeks later, U-Haul International announced a similar update, which included adding mental health coverage and resources to its benefits package. Read more HERE.
Roughly 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with depression or anxiety. National Depression Screening Day is held annually on October 10. It’s important for many reasons. First, it can help people make an informed diagnosis. It also takes depression out of the darkness. And perhaps most important, it can bring help to those who need it. Call CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia at 855-623-7016 for Help Today. 5 SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION You feel empty You’re way more irritable than usual You’re getting really thin You’re thinking about death You’re having trouble concentrating
CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia is pleased to announce that Tracey B., Guest Relations Representative, has been named the Employee of the Month for August 2019. Some of the comments made about Tracey are that she . . . . Is courteous, polite and very helpful while attending to patients, guests, visitors, and staff! Is very dedicated in providing the best customer service, all while ensuring patient privacy! Is sensitive and respectful to the needs of patients and families. Provides great customer service to vendors. Congratulations, Tracey! From the Administration and Staff of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia
Case Management: Setting New Standards for Care National Case Management Week 2019 (NCMW 19) is October 13-19! This year’s ACMA theme, Case Management: Setting New Standards For Care was selected to emphasize the impact professionals in case management make every day. ACMA hopes you will celebrate NCMW 19 and recognize the dedication, compassion and patient care outcomes achieved by case managers in your organization. Across all care settings, case managers are making the difference! ACM Recognition Day: October 16 In conjunction with NCMW 19, Wednesday, October 16 is ACM Recognition Day! This is the perfect opportunity to recognize the efforts of those case management professionals who have earned their Accredited Case Manager (ACM) certification and those who are in the process of becoming ACM certified. Many organizations will choose this day to celebrate ACM professionals with a special event, congratulations or gift to recognize this important industry distinction. See the NCMW 19 Products Store for special gifts ideas. ACMA encourages...Read More >
See original article from CNN HERE. What doctors want you to know about benzos There’s no understating the extent of America’s opioid crisis. In 2017, the same year it became a public health emergency, an estimated 1.7 million people in the US had substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioids. And this year, the National Safety Council found that the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than those of dying in a car crash. But there’s another prescription drug concern that experts say has grown in the shadow of the opioid epidemic: the rise in use of benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are a class of medication commonly prescribed to treat conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. Even if you don’t recognize the term, chances are you’re familiar with the brand names that fall within this category drugs such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin. “It’s really not ‘the opioid overdose epidemic’ but the ‘opioid and …’...Read More >
This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Although Missouri is making progress in improving access to behavioral health services, the needs are great. It’s important that hospitals talk about behavioral health — to help increase the public’s understanding of these issues and remove the stigma that historically has been attached to mental health diagnosis and treatment. From the Missouri Hospital Association and NAMI.
Read original article HERE. For years, doctors thought the connection between mental health and heart health was strictly behavioral – such as the person who is feeling down seeking relief from smoking, drinking or eating fatty foods. That thinking has started to change. Research shows there could be physiological connections, too. The biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues also could influence heart disease. “The head-heart connection should be on everyone’s radar,” said Barry Jacobs, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and director of Behavioral Sciences at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pa. “It’s not just being unhappy. It’s having biochemical changes that predispose people to have other health problems, including heart problems.” Depression and Other Issues Many forms of mental health issues can affect heart disease. There’s the temporary state of depression or a more severe, clinical case. You can also have varying levels of anxiety and stress, just to name a few of the most well-known problems. Research...Read More >
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Read original article HERE. There is growing evidence that exercise can help to treat symptoms of depression and lift mood, although the reasons have been unclear. Now, a new study finds that the body’s endocannabinoid system may play a role. The researchers propose that a better appreciation of the relationship between exercise, mood, and the endocannabinoid system could result in better treatments for depression. The study investigated changes in mood and endocannabinoid levels in people with major depression who exercised at different intensities on a stationary bike. The investigators found a significant increase in endocannabinoid levels and improvement in mood after a session of prescribed exercise of moderate intensity. The endocannabinoid system is a cell signaling system comprising the body’s own cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, and receptors. It extends throughout the body and influences the function of the immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. When a particular endocannabinoid binds to a matching cell receptor, it sends a signal into the cell that...Read More >