Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – April 25, 2016 in Columbia MO

Sometimes first aid is not a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is you!  A Youth Mental Health First Aid training opportunity is available on April 25, 2016 in Columbia, MO — only $25 with lunch and coffee provided! A young person you know could be experiencing a mental challenge or crisis.  You can help them. Learn more… ...

Announcement of Award Winners – 2016 Director’s Creativity Showcase

Debuting in 1979, the Director’s Creativity Showcase has become a favorite with consumers, their families, and staff.  The annual art contest includes many illustrative arts, crafts and photography, and displays the talents of individuals living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. The art contest is an opportunity for individuals served by the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) to display their creative talents. The artwork is created not only for the Showcase, but is sometimes used as a means of therapy.  This therapy provides an outlet for the artist to express his or her feelings – feelings they may not be able to verbally communicate.  The Showcase has encouraged many individuals to try something they may have previously never considered possible, only to find they have a true creative talent. Entries are limited to one (1) per person, although an individual may help with a group project and still enter an individual project. All artwork, including paintings, sketches, crafts, sculptures, needlework, clay designs, and other creative art projects, are judged in one of the following categories: Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Disorders.  Cash awards are provided for 1st through 5th place in each of these categories.  In addition, a category titled “Professional” is included with a Best of Show awarded.  A new category, “Photography”, was added in 2016 where 1st through 3rd place cash awards are provided.  Opportunities are also available for the artist to sell their artwork at two events.  The Missouri Mental Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, are pleased to announce the award winners for the 2016 Director’s Creativity Showcase. CLICK...

They All Tried to Take Their Own Lives. Now They’re Speaking Up.

The Mighty – Real People, Real Stories Four years ago, Dese’Rae L. Stage, a photographer in Brooklyn, N.Y., set out to talk to people who had tried to take their own lives but survived. She wanted to find a community of people like herself, a suicide attempt survivor who lives with bipolar disorder. She wanted to start a conversation that someone might be afraid to have. So she turned to Google. But when Stage typed “suicide survivors” into the search engine, she could only find sites for “loss survivors” — family members and friends who had lost loved ones. “There was nothing for people like me, who had tried to die but lived,” Stage, now 31, told The Mighty. She was determined to create such a resource.  Click here – The Mighty) If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention...