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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.

Reception for Phil Sheridan, CEO, CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia – You are Invited!

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia cordially invites you to attend a reception to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer PHIL SHERIDAN Meet our CEO • Light Lunch • Learn About Our Services When: Friday, July 19, 2019 • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Where: CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia 1201 International Drive (off north Range Line St.) Columbia, MO 65202 • 573-615-2001 RSVP: aflood@chcmo.net

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Welcomes Phil Sheridan, CEO

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia is pleased to welcome Phil Sheridan, MSW, as Chief Executive Officer. Phil comes to CenterPointe with 25 years of corporate and senior executive positions in several prestigious behavioral health companies. He has provided executive leadership in treatment facilities providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, most recently as Vice President of Hospital Development, Haven Behavioral Health and CEO of Cottonwood Creek Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Phil is highly regarded as an innovative and effective leader and change agent with extensive experience in working with leadership teams to develop efficient and successful businesses. He has extensive experience leading clinical systems of care and is dedicated to serving the community’s behavioral health needs. Phil earned an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in social work, both from Boise State University. CenterPointe Hospital is fortunate to have a Chief Executive Officer who brings the depth and breadth of experience and leadership in behavioral health treatment that Phil...Read More >

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 >

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 >

FREE Ethics CE Lecture at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia

You are cordially invited to attend a CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Behavioral Health Lecture TOPIC: Navigating ETHICS PRESENTER: Justin Bennett, MSW, LCSW University of Missouri School of Social Work Justin Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has held social worker, case management, forensic case monitor and supervisor positions with the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital. He is also an Adjunct Professor and Faculty Field Liaison at the University of Missouri — St. Louis. DATE: Friday, June 28, 2019 TIME: Registration & Continental Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Lecture is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 hours) LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia 1201 International Drive (off Range Line St.) Columbia, MO 65202 DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING: Navigating ethics for various licensed professionals can be challenging. As human service professionals we often work with complex situations attached to real people. Ethical dilemmas can be common in practice due to unforeseen or overlooked factors, which we’ve learned...Read More >

Columbia: The Kindness Capital of Missouri

Read the original from Reader’s Digest HERE. NICEST PLACES IN AMERICA 2019 FINALIST “The Kindness Capital of Missouri” Nominated by Kim Dude-Lammy, Susan Currier, Pamela Hoeppner and Susan Heinsz A faraway tragedy inspired this community to work hard to bring goodness into the world. After the tragic killing of 26 elementary school students and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, folks in Columbia, Missouri, wanted to do something to put kindness into the world. So they planted a grove of “kindness trees,” calling it the Children’s Grove, where each magnolia tree planted would represent a child harmed in any way, anywhere. The root idea of the Children’s Grove in Columbia, a city of about 125,000 almost halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis, is that kindness and compassion overcome all. The organization supports youth mental health, first-aid training, kindness libraries for schools (bunches of books with kindness themes, usually read to the kids by the reps delivering them), as...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Announces April 2019 Employee of the Month

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia is pleased to announce that Ian F. has been selected as Employee of the Month for April 2019. Some of the ways that Ian has distinguished himself are noted below. Ian: never complains and always has a smile on his face! goes above and beyond whatever is asked. has a positive attitude. works well with both adolescents and adults! is always calm and supportive. Thanks Ian for your commitment to CenterPointe Hospital Columbia! Ian’s nomination as employee of the month isn’t a surprise.  Please congratulate Ian on this achievement!!

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