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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
MHA is seeking a detail-oriented office volunteer to support our mental wellness program. We are a staff of ten and truly rely upon the help of our volunteers. We offer a fun, team-focused work environment in the beautiful Shaw neighborhood.
Gov. Nixon's Proposed Investment in Missouri's Mental Health
In his recent State of the State Address, Governor Jay Nixon proposed a $10 million investment in Missouri's mental health system. Advocates are encouraged to hear of Gov. Nixon's awareness of this critical need and his commitment to dedicate funding to our state's system. We will continue to monitor the progress and advocate for implementation of these recommendations.
MHA's Advocacy Work for 2013
There’s a lot of conversation and controversy at the state and national level about access to mental health services, private insurance and the role of public funding. The urgency of these issues creates opportunities for Mental Health America to engage in a wide range of advocacy-related activities as part of its mission.
Making the Most of Support Groups
1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for
2. to sustain or withstand (weight, pressure, strain, etc.) without giving way; serve as a prop for
3. to undergo or endure, especially with patience or submission; tolerate
4. to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction: They supported him throughout his ordeal.
5. to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for: to support a family
It is a human condition to want to connect with like-minded individuals. A support group allows you to share openly with others whose experiences may be similar and who can validate or relate to what you are going through. Additionally, the other individuals may be able to offer insight, understanding and a “sounding board” for frustrations.
Almost every day of the week, Mental Health America is fortunate to have volunteers help us accomplish our mission’s work. We, like many other organizations, appreciate and measure a volunteer's contributions in a number of ways:
- Additional primary agency functions are accomplished
- “Backburner” tasks get completed instead of waiting for someone to “find the extra time” to do them
- Added diversity of culture, experience and skill sets the volunteer brings to the organization and clients
- Fresh ideas; new perspectives
- New contacts help build partners and relationships
- Financial value of the volunteer’s “in-kind” contribution
- Additional clients can now be assisted
- Increased sense of contribution and worth the volunteer experiences because of his/her work