Mental Health http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Are You Ready To Live Until You’re 100 or 120? You Just May Need To Be http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/are-you-ready-live-until-you-re-100-or-120-you-just-may-need-be <p><a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2013/08/06/living-to-120-and-beyond-americans-views-on-aging-medical-advances-and-radical-life-extension/" target="_blank">According to the Pew Research Center</a>, hundreds of thousands of Americans could live to see 100 by the year 2050. Women in France, Japan and the United States have already lived past the age of 114. With the now realistic possibility that individuals may live into the triple digits, planning ahead for retirement becomes both more important, and more challenging.</p><p></p><p><strong>Living Longer</strong></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:46:02 +0000 Kyle Jacoby 37525 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Are You Ready To Live Until You’re 100 or 120? You Just May Need To Be Scientists Confirm 'Chemobrain' Is Real, Patients Find Validation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scientists-confirm-chemobrain-real-patients-find-validation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people have heard about the undesirable side effects that chemotherapy has on the body of people suffering from cancer. There's balding, fatigue and loss of appetite, to name a few.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Until recently, however, chemotherapy’s effects on the brain weren’t widely recognized. The cognitive side effects – a &nbsp;fuzzy memory and poor attention span – were usually dismissed by physicians, scientists and even some cancer patients.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:43:32 +0000 Nora Ibrahim 36575 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scientists Confirm 'Chemobrain' Is Real, Patients Find Validation Videotaped Incident Puts Spotlight On Police Interaction With The Mentally Ill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/videotaped-incident-puts-spotlight-police-interaction-mentally-ill <p>A video that shows two St. Louis police department officers striking a man has once again put the spotlight on the fraught interaction between police and the mentally ill.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The man, Mario Crump, has a history of mental illness.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His family had called police for assistance because he was acting erratically. It’s not clear what happened before and after the 40-second video, which was shot by a family member.</span> The incident happened March 21 at Crump's house in the 4300 block of Lee.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:02:57 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 35009 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Videotaped Incident Puts Spotlight On Police Interaction With The Mentally Ill When Children Are Exposed To Gun Violence, It Becomes A Public Health Issue, Say St. Louis Doctors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-children-are-exposed-gun-violence-it-becomes-public-health-issue-say-st-louis-doctors <p style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">The Newtown massacre has been seared in our collective memory. Gun violence involving teens in St. Louis, especially teens of color, is among the highest in the country.&nbsp; The emotion in Roxana, Ill., after an April Fool’s prank this week put local focus on the issue.&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:54:27 +0000 Camille Phillips & Don Marsh 34995 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When Children Are Exposed To Gun Violence, It Becomes A Public Health Issue, Say St. Louis Doctors Business Partners Plan Mental Health Facility For Veterans With A Commmunity Approach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/business-partners-plan-mental-health-facility-veterans-commmunity-approach <p>Plans are coming together for Oasis Residential@Emerson, a new supportive living community in St. Louis for veterans and other individuals with mental health issues, said business partners Sherman Strong and Kendall Brune.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:11:48 +0000 Camille Phillips 34230 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Business Partners Plan Mental Health Facility For Veterans With A Commmunity Approach Public Comment Encouraged On 'For The Sake Of All' Research http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-comment-encouraged-sake-all-research <p>Scholars involved in a five-part study that examines the well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region will seek public feedback on their research during a forum on March 3 at the Forest Park Visitor Center. The session, from 2 to 5 p.m., is free, but participants must sign up through the <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/for-the-sake-of-all-community-feedback-forum-registration-10316814871" target="_blank">event registration page</a>.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:04:58 +0000 Robert Joiner 33769 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Comment Encouraged On 'For The Sake Of All' Research Blunt Praises Community Mental Health Supports http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-praises-community-mental-health-supports <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., toured the Independence Center in St. Louis Saturday, aiming to draw attention to mental health legislation and the importance of community mental health centers.&nbsp;</p><p>Blunt is trying to drum up support for legislation&nbsp;he has co-sponsored to expand community mental health services.&nbsp;The proposed legislation would create a pilot program in 10 states establishing criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:00:04 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 32952 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Praises Community Mental Health Supports Blunt Joins With Actress Glenn Close To Highlight Mental Illness http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-joins-actress-glenn-close-highlight-mental-illness <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is optimistic that actress Glenn Close may help his cause to expand government access to treatment for those dealing with mental illness.</p><p>“I’m hopeful this is something we can get done,’’ Blunt told reporters in a conference call this week.</p><p>Mental health, he contended, has been shortchanged.&nbsp; Unlike other medical issues,&nbsp; mental health “has not been looked at as a society or government as something we want to deal with.”</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:02:38 +0000 Jo Mannies 32446 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Joins With Actress Glenn Close To Highlight Mental Illness Report: Poor Mental Health Among African Americans In St. Louis Decreases Opportunities For Success http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-poor-mental-health-among-african-americans-st-louis-decreases-opportunities-success <p><em>Third Brief: For the Sake of All</em></p><p></p><p>The third brief of a groundbreaking and interdisciplinary study on African American health in St. Louis examines how mental health affects social and economic opportunities.</p><p>The latest brief in the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-researchers-connect-african-american-health-problems-poverty-lack-education">“For the Sake of All”</a> study asks how we can improve mental health in St. Louis.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:39:14 +0000 Camille Phillips 31183 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Poor Mental Health Among African Americans In St. Louis Decreases Opportunities For Success Mental Illness: How Do We Move From Stigma To Solutions? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mental-illness-how-do-we-move-stigma-solutions <p>When mental illness hits the headlines, it's usually connected to mass shootings or suicides. The focus is on mental illness as the reason for a tragedy, and increases the stigma against an already misunderstood&nbsp; condition, says Mike Keller, executive director of the Independence Center in the Central West End. According to Keller, that kind of negative media exposure has created a human rights emergency.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:23:57 +0000 Camille Phillips 30848 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mental Illness: How Do We Move From Stigma To Solutions?