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...

How to Handle the Four Most Challenging Autism Behaviors

Do you have an autistic child? Here are parenting tips to help. Julie Z. Rosenberg, Contributor  Does your child scream if he can’t wear his favorite shoes? Does he enjoy fondling material of certain textures without regard for where or on whom that fabric may be located? Does he fear the toilet, the market, the dentist?This was part of a post about “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism” left by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, mom to an 11-year-old son with autism, as well as a high-profile advocate and educator for autism awareness.If so, take note — he’s trying to tell you how he feels and what he needs from you: behavior as communication, she continues. Read the full article on...

Treatments for Substance Use Disorders

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Learn about the different kinds of treatments and services that are effective in helping people with substance use disorders. The treatment system for substance use disorders is comprised of multiple service components, including the following: Individual and group counseling Inpatient and residential treatment Intensive outpatient treatment Partial hospital programs Case or care management Medication Recovery support services 12-Step fellowship Peer supports Learn more …...

Taking A Different Approach To Behavioral Problems In School: ‘Trauma-Informed’ Care

By Tammy Worth/Heartland Health Monitor • Dec 21, 2015 A growing movement here in the Kansas City area and across the United States, trauma-informed care has taken root at local mental health and social service providers, hospitals and schools. Gradually but steadily, it’s spreading through school districts and early childhood centers looking to catch and stem childhood behavioral problems in the hope of avoiding hospitalizations and incarceration in adulthood. Read the full story…  http://kcur.org/post/taking-different-approach-behavioral-problems-school-trauma-informed-care#stream/0...

10 percent of US adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives

75 percent report not receiving any form of treatment. A survey of American adults revealed that drug use disorder is common, co-occurs with a range of mental health disorders and often goes untreated. The study, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that about 4 percent of Americans met the criteria for drug use disorder in the past year and about 10 percent have had drug use disorder at some time in their lives. “Based on these findings, more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use.” “Based on these findings, more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use,” said George F. Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA director. “Given these numbers, and other recent findings about the prevalence and under-treatment of alcohol use disorder in the U.S., it is vitally important that we continue our efforts to understand the underlying causes of drug and alcohol addiction, their relationship to other psychiatric conditions and the most effective forms of treatment.” To read the article in its entirety, please select the following link: ...

Substance Abuse in Teens Linked to Greater Suicide Risk

The Question Are teens who inject drugs at greater risk for suicidal behavior than teens that use other methods for taking the same drugs? Background Substance use can have serious health consequences for teens.  However, risk factors associated with suicidal behavior are similar for teens who use substances and teens who do not use substances. Click here to read the full story:   https://www.afsp.org/research/research-connection/substance-abuse-in-teens-linked-to-greater-suicide-risk?utm_source=hootsuite...