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Suicide in Missouri: Where We Stand

University of Missouri—St. Louis In 2013, suicides outnumbered homicides by more than two to one in Missouri (958 vs. 390).* Among Missouri youth/young adults ages 15‐24, suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death. More Missourians died by suicide than by motor vehicle accidents (958 vs. 757). The use of firearms is the primary means … Read More

Happy Juneteenth!

  Juneteenth — a blending of the words June and nineteenth — is the oldest regular US celebration of the end of slavery. It commemorates June 19, 1865: the day that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told slaves of their emancipation. “In accordance with a proclamation from the Executive … Read More

Act Now To Get Ahead of A Mental Health Crisis, Specialists Advise U.S.

Mental health specialists are working now to bolster the resilience of Americans who are suffering from feelings of despair — in hopes of preventing increases in suicides among people who are under increased pressure during the coronavirus pandemic. Time is of the essence, public health researchers say. Experience with past natural disasters, such as earthquakes … Read More

Mental Health, Substance Use and Suicidal Ideation Has Increased During COVID-19

Read original article from the CDC HERE The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.* Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States … Read More

The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical Distancing: The Need for Prevention and Early Intervention

Sandro Galea, MD1; Raina M. Merchant, MD2; Nicole Lurie, MD3 Author Affiliations Article Information JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 10, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1562 Since the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was diagnosed in December 2019, it has swept across the world and galvanized global action. This has brought unprecedented efforts to institute the practice of physical distancing (called in most cases “social … Read More

Social Workers: Generations Strong

Social Work Month is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work. As we enter a new decade it is important to look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work professional has had on our society for generations. We also want to spotlight the life-affirming work that social workers from all … Read More

The Theme for Black History Month 2020 is “African Americans & the Vote”

2020 is an important general election year, and a landmark year for voting rights. This year’s theme for Black History month, “African Americans and the Vote”, recognizes the struggle for voting rights among both black men AND women throughout American history. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right … Read More

Azfar Malik, MD Named Pioneer of the Year

Azfar Malik, MD, Chief Medical Officer of CenterPointe Hospital and President of CenterPointe Behavioral Health System, was the recipient of the Pioneer of the Year Award by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce on May 7, 2019. Dr. Malik is a Founder of CenterPointe Hospital and served as its CEO from 2003 to 2015, as … Read More

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia ‘Tops Off’ New Psychiatric Facility

By Caroline Watkins for the Missourian Columbia’s CenterPointe Hospital hosted its topping out party on Thursday in Columbia. The event started off with a crane placing a cedar tree and American flag on the last beam added to the hospital. A “topping out” party was thrown Thursday for CenterPointe Hospital, the 72-bed psychiatric hospital under … Read More