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Behavioral Health Response:
314-469-6644 or 1-800-811-4760
Life Crisis Services:
Anywhere in the country, call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Make An Impact at the Mental Health Rally in Jefferson City
If you've never experienced the energy and excitement of an Advocacy Day at the State Capitol, make plans to attend the annual Mental Health Rally on February 17. You can attend just the rally or you can also sign up to visit legislators to personally tell them how important funding is for mental health services.
11:15 - 12:30 Pizza lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Rally in the Capitol Rotunda
- Tuesday, February 17
Keith Schafer, Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, is our special guest speaker.
Webinars will be available to help you prepare for and schedule your advocacy conversations with legislators.
Thank You, Catalina Marketing
Many thanks to Catalina Marketing for providing Goodie Bags to clients in our Representative Payee Program. Maureen Mileti, from Catalina’s St. Louis office, used United Way’s database of volunteer opportunities to help her staff decide on their Holiday Project for 2014. Our clients, who live on very limited incomes, not only appreciated the great treats and personal items in the Goodie Bags, but really enjoyed meeting the Catalina Team when they personally distributed the bags on December 15. Thank you, Catalina Marketing, for helping make the holidays brighter for our clients!
This Week in News You Can Use
Using a "People First" approach in our speech and writing can really make a positive difference in how individuals and mental illness are portrayed and perceived. We've paired two very different articles and we link you to a section of our web site, all of which speak to reducing stigma and prejudice.
- In Talking About Mental Health, "People First" Eases Stigma
- Reading Fiction Decreases Prejudice, Increases Empathy
- From the Resources for Media section of our site, here are links to several articles and specific examples of People First language.
Insurance Marketplace Is Open
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace continues until February 15. Cover Missouri has developed six videos that help untangle confusion about getting insured. Videos include:
- How do I choose a health insurance plan?
- Am I able to get health insurance through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace?
Fall 2014 Newsletter
Check out the Fall edition of our newsletter, The Bell, to get up-to-date with what's happening at MHA.
"Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness."
Stem Cell Research and Schizophrenia
Keeping you informed in the science realm of mental illness, we offer a short article from the Salk Institute on New Stem Cell Research Points To Early Indicators Of Schizophrenia.
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"Whole Brain" Leadership
Mental Health Parity 101
Understanding insurance benefits and restrictions is never easy, especially when new regulations or laws make it more difficult to decipher. Kaiser Health News does a nice job of using Q&A format to clarify and help us better understand the implications of new rules in the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
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Time for Psychiatric Intervention?
Chances are, at some point or another, all of us have wondered whether or not it's time to intervene with someone who's struggling emotionally. We might wonder if it's a phase or an isolated incident that doesn't warrant intervention. Maybe we want to intervene, but we're not sure how to help or what we might uncover. These two articles don't provide all the answers, but they give good pointers on when it's probably time to take things seriously.