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Behavioral Health Response:
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Life Crisis Services:
Anywhere in the country, call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This Week in News You Can Use
Truth is, most of us work because we have to. Work can also provide meaningful experiences, and if we're really lucky, the work itself feels meaningful. Learn more about the benefits of purpose, self-realization, prestige and social connections when you read Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life's 8 Ways To Find More Meaning At Work.
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When Holidays and Grief Collide
No matter where one is in their journey through the grieving process, family gatherings and special events can accentuate a range of feelings. For many, this is especially true during a long holiday season. These three links provide practical information for anyone facing grief during the holidays.
- Coping with Grief During the Holidays from VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
- Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season from Dr. Wolfelt's Center for Loss and Life Transition
- When the Holidays Aren't Joyous: 5 Tips for Helping Children Cope with Loss by Bonnie Rubenstein, Professor of Education at University of Rochester
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Neuroscience and Mental Illness
Get To The Insurance Marketplace
If you're without insurance or pay costly monthly premiums, check out the new Health Insurance Marketplace. With numerous options to choose from, you might be able to find more affordable coverage for you and your family. From the Marketplace web site, you can start the application process by phone, online or with a paper form.
In the Marketplace, insurance plans must provide coverage for mental health treatment at the same level as other physical health treatment. This equality in coverage is known as parity.
Important Marketplace dates to remember are:
- Coverage can start as early as January 1, 2014
- Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014
Time Perspective Therapy
Could It Really Cost A Half-Trillion Dollars?
While much of our agency's work is educational, another important aspect of our mission is legislative and public policy advocacy. As an agency, these issues are front-and-center for us all the time. The Half-Trillion-Dollar Depression from The New York Times clearly articulates why access to mental health services is so important across so many dimensions of our society.
RAND Study Assesses Medicaid Expansion
Governors and legislators across the country, including Missouri, have the opportunity to decide how their state will expand Medicaid or whether to forgo Medicaid expansion altogether. A new, independent study just released by RAND Corporation shows serious consequences for states that decline to draw down these dollars. According to the study, states that choose not to strengthen Medicaid will increase spending on the cost of treating uninsured residents and foreit billions in federal dollars. This brief summary demonstrates what's at stake for Missouri and its residents.
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.