Mental Health

Politics & Issues
11:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Videotaped Incident Puts Spotlight On Police Interaction With The Mentally Ill

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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.

The man, Mario Crump, has a history of mental illness. 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. The incident happened March 21 at Crump's house in the 4300 block of Lee.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:54 am
Thu April 3, 2014

When Children Are Exposed To Gun Violence, It Becomes A Public Health Issue, Say St. Louis Doctors

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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.  The emotion in Roxana, Ill., after an April Fool’s prank this week put local focus on the issue. 

 

From school shootings to drive-bys to suicide, the level of exposure children in America today have to gun violence is in the news and on the minds of many. Because of this prevalence, some health care professionals contend that it has become a public health issue.  Among them:

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St. Louis on the Air
6:11 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Business Partners Plan Mental Health Facility For Veterans With A Commmunity Approach

Ribbon cutting ceremony for River Trace Townhomes, an apartment complex for the families of veterans receiving treatment at Oasis Residential@Emerson.
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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.

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for sake of all
4:04 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Public Comment Encouraged On 'For The Sake Of All' Research

For the Sake of All researchers explored how the health of African Americans is affected by a variety of social, economic and geographical factors.
Credit Nanette Hegamin

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 event registration page.

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Mental Health
5:00 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Blunt Praises Community Mental Health Supports

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., tours the Independence Center in St. Louis, which uses the Clubhouse Model of mental health rehabilitation.

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. 

Blunt is trying to drum up support for legislation he has co-sponsored to expand community mental health services. The proposed legislation would create a pilot program in 10 states establishing criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.

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Politics & Issues
12:02 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Blunt Joins With Actress Glenn Close To Highlight Mental Illness

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is seeking expand access to mental health services.
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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.

“I’m hopeful this is something we can get done,’’ Blunt told reporters in a conference call this week.

Mental health, he contended, has been shortchanged.  Unlike other medical issues,  mental health “has not been looked at as a society or government as something we want to deal with.”

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St. Louis on the Air
6:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Report: Poor Mental Health Among African Americans In St. Louis Decreases Opportunities For Success

Jason Purnell

Third Brief: For the Sake of All

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.

The latest brief in the “For the Sake of All” study asks how we can improve mental health in St. Louis. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:23 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Mental Illness: How Do We Move From Stigma To Solutions?

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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  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.

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Education
3:44 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Wash U., SLU Study Finds Physical, Mental Health Play 'Surprising' Role In High School Dropout Rates

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A multi-disciplinary study released today finds that in relation to school dropout rates, health plays a bigger role than one might think.

The study is part of ‘For The Sake of All,’ a five part series from Washington University and Saint Louis University that focuses on the health of African Americans in the St. Louis region.

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