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In 2009, New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan suddenly experienced hallucinations, paranoia, seizures and catatonia. She was misdiagnosed for a month before she was finally treated for a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

Cahalan has little recollection of this time in her life, but she investigated her experience and published the details in her 2012 book, “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.”

(May 24, 2019) 2019 University of Missouri-St. Louis graduate Harold Crawford talked about overcoming his life's adversities and how he plans to use his social work degree to address community violence trauma on Friday's talk show.
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St. Louis resident Harold Crawford is among many local college graduates who are celebrating major academic milestones this spring. The path he traveled to get to his University of Missouri-St. Louis degree was an unusual one – and far from easy. Crawford lived through tough times to make ends meet and left a life of crime and gang involvement about a decade ago.

Crawford recalled a saying that one of his teachers would reference from time to time, explaining that getting through college to get back on track was “medicine that you don’t want to take, but you need to take it.” The 37-year-old went on to complete his undergraduate degree in social work.

The University of Missouri will be establishing a National Center for Rural Mental Health, the university announced today. The center will be funded by a $10 million grant from the US Department of Education.

The center will benefit rural schools in Missouri, Virginia and Montana. Staff and researchers hope to help at least 110 rural schools across those states by creating a database of information and provide a training system to support the mental health needs of their students.

Wendy Reinke is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the lead investigator on the grant. She says one important step is applying gathered information and applying it to rural schools.

“These rural schools are unique in so many ways and I think figuring out sort of what we know works now in some of our suburban school districts and how we can map them, onto the challenges faced by rural schools, that have unique circumstances, is an important next step.”

Jacqueline Hudson (left) and Michael Morrison (right) joined host Don Marsh in studio to discuss disparities between mental healthcare needs and access to care in Missouri.
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new report by the Missouri Federation of Behavioral Health Advocates shows concern for the significant disparities between mental health-care needs and access to care in Missouri. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the report’s findings and how they might be addressed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 6, 2013 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is touting his $10 million proposal to expand the state’s mental-health services as a key component of any effort to prevent a school-shooting tragedy like the December mass shooting at a grade school in Connecticut.

“Clearly we’re trying to get in a prevention mode here,” Nixon told reporters after hosting a roundtable event Wednesday afternoon in Arnold that featured educators, police and health-care professionals.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 30, 2011 - The madness in Tucson should bring sanity to Springfield. But will it?

More than six years ago, a 24-year-old university dropout with a history of erratic behavior strode into the Illinois Capitol, aimed a stolen shotgun at an unarmed security guard and fired a lethal bullet into his chest. State officials mourned the 51-year-old husband and father of two, a good and decent man they knew and liked. They also bolstered State House security. Yet, they have abetted the devastating deterioration of community-based mental health services already deemed insufficient long before Bill Wozniak's horrific encounter with a deranged stranger.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 5, 2010 - The New Year brought hope to some people needing treatment for mental-health problems. A federal law that took effect Jan. 1 requires that patients get the same level of medical treatment for mental problems that they now get for other health conditions. But there are some catches. The patient must have health insurance, and the insurance must include coverage for mental health.