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Suicide Rates in Girls Going Up

See original article on cnn.com HERE. Suicide rates for young girls are rising at a pace faster than that of boys, changing the established patterns that boys are more likely to die by suicide and that girls are more likely to consider it and attempt it, according to a new study. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in in Columbus, Ohio analyzed suicide rates of US kids and teens ages 10 to 19 between 1975 and 2016 using the Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research database, run by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that period, there were more than 85,000 suicides in kids and teens, with 80% in boys and 20% in girls. The rates of suicide peaked in 1993 and had been on the decline until 2007, when they again started to climb, according to the findings, published Friday in JAMA. Although boys were 3.8 times more likely than girls to kill themselves over the 40-year...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Announces February 2019 Employee of the Month

A message from the CEO: I am pleased to announce that Lisa L. has been selected Employee of the Month for February 2019.  Lisa’s selection should not come as a surprise to anyone.  Lisa has proven time and again that she is one of our finest.  Smart, compassionate, thoughtful and one of the hardest workers I know, Lisa is a great nurse and a great colleague.  The next time you work with Lisa or pass her in the hallway, let her know how great she is.  Well done Lisa! Mike Talmo, CEO CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Celebrates Hospital Week 2019

As we celebrate Hospital Week 2019, we would like to say “Thank You” to the AWESOME staff and administration of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia for their dedication and commitment to help individuals and families lead happy, successful lives!

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Mike Talmo, CEO of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Promotes Effective Treatment Approaches for Mental Health Conditions

There are many myths and misunderstandings about mental health conditions and how they are treated. Mike Talmo, CEO of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia talks about the modern and effective treatment approaches used at the beautiful and new CenterPointe Hospital located off north Range Line Street in Columbia. The highly qualified and compassionate physicians and staff of CenterPointe Hospital treat each person as an individual with specific treatment needs.  CenterPointe is here to help you through your difficult time and provide you with the tools needed to live a happy, successful life!

Ken Skouby, Clinical Director of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Gives Hope for Those Affected by Mental Health Issues

Emotional issues can negatively affect all of us at certain times in our lives, and can escalate into a crisis if left untreated. Ken Skouby, Clinical Director of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia gives hope to those who are affected by mental health issues with help from CenterPointe Hospital. Our caring and compassionate phone counselors are available 24/7. Call today for an assessment at no cost at 573-875-5900.

Sexual Assault and Mental Health

Read original article HERE. What is sexual assault? Sexual assault refers to sexual behavior that occurs without the clear consent of the victim. According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), this includes: Attempted rape; Fondling or unwanted sexual touching; Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body; and Penetration of the victim’s body (rape) It’s important to note that force does not just mean physical force, but includes manipulation, coercion, threats, and situations where a person is unable to give consent. [1] Sexual violence is never the victim’s fault. How common is sexual assault? 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men report experiencing an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. [2] How does sexual assault impact mental health? Sexual assault can have a variety of short- and long-term effects on a victim’s mental health. Many survivors report flashbacks of their assault, and feelings of shame, isolation, shock,...Read More >

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Learn more HERE.

Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species

Read original article on earthday.org HERE. “In nature, nothing exists alone.” — Rachel Carson, 1962 Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction...Read More >

Mental Health and African Americans

Read original article HERE. Poverty level affects mental health status. African Americans living below the poverty level, as compared to those over twice the poverty level, are 3 times more likely to report psychological distress. African Americans are 10% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic whites. The death rate from suicide for African American men was more than four times greater than for African American women, in 2014. However, the suicide rate for African Americans is 70% lower than that of the non-Hispanic white population. A report from the U.S. Surgeon General found that from 1980 – 1995, the suicide rate among African Americans ages 10 to 14 increased 233%, as compared to 120% of non-Hispanic whites. 1 MENTAL HEALTH STATUS Serious psychological distress among adults 18 years of age and over, percent, 2013-2014 Non-Hispanic Black Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio 3.4 3.2 1.1 Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015. Table 46. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf...Read More >

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