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Mental Health

Mental Health Needs Its Own 3-Digit Hotline

At a young age, most people know to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. For someone amid a mental health or suicide crisis, a phone number to dial for immediate help is not easy to recall. As a nation, we’re fortunate to have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), which connects individuals with crisis services through ...

Anxiety

Schizophrenia and Thought Disorders

Thought disorders affect how one acts, thinks and feels. A person suffering from a thought disorder, such as schizophrenia, can experience hallucinations, delusions and paranoia. Genetics and one’s own brain chemistry all contribute to the risk of developing the condition. Sadly, schizophrenia and other thought disorders can affect anyone.   Meet “George” The onset of ...

Addiction

Centerstone Advocates for CCBHCs, Meets with Senate Leader McConnell

Recently, Centerstone staff members joined the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C. to advocate for The Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (S. 824/ H.R. 1767). The Excellence Act would bring Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to 11 new states and add two more years for the eight states ...

Mental Health

Mental Health Myth Busting

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of Mental Health Month. In the decades since the first observance, stigma surrounding mental health issues has greatly reduced. However, misconceptions and misinformation still exist. It is vital for the one in five Americans who live with mental health conditions that we debunk mental health myths that persist. I ...

Anxiety

Trauma Informed System of Care Conference in Illinois

Speakers have been announced and registration is now open for the Trauma Informed System of Care Conference, co-hosted by Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at John A. Logan College’s main conference center in Carterville, IL. Register online ...

Mental Health

Peer Support Services at Capitol Hill in Nashville

Centerstone Peer Support Services staff and clients took part in Behavioral Health Day at Capitol Hill in Nashville on March 20 for a time of fun, fellowship, advocacy and education. Centerstone Peer Support Services provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals with mental illness or addiction gain confidence, build social skills, develop new friendships and ...

Mental Health

Centerstone Takes Home Award

The Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) honored Centerstone with their Community Friend Award at the Phoenix Art Gala held in Nashville. HAPI provides free art classes taught by professional artists, art exhibit and publication opportunities and outreach events. The annual gala features live music, a silent art auction, dinner and awards. The silent auction features ...

Anxiety

Living in Uncertain Times: Coping With a New “Normal”

Stress is a normal reaction to abnormal situations. We are now living in a new day and time in American society – an uncertain time where stress is common and can be perceived as uncontrollable. It is nearly impossible to go through one day without hearing alarming information on the news about national security concerns, ...

Florida

Larkin-Skinner Named to Commission

Centerstone’s Melissa Larkin-Skinner, Regional CEO, Florida, has been appointed to serve on the newly-formed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Florida’s legislative body formed the Commission to specifically analyze information from the school shooting and other mass violence incidents in the state and address recommendations and system improvements.   Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...

Anxiety

Four Steps to Improved Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, designed to raise awareness of mental health conditions and to improve wellness for all. One in five Americans has a treatable mental illness, and we all experience stress. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports two-thirds of visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Clearly, we must consider ...

Mental Health

Changing Health Care for the Better

Leaders on Capitol Hill are, once again, poised to turn their attention to health care reform. While headlines about repeal and replace have garnered the most attention, this discussion goes beyond the fate of the Affordable Care Act.  We have a wonderful opportunity ahead of us to strengthen health care for the future and create ...

Mental Health

Maximizing Your Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 5 adults in America experiences mental illness each year. Further, a recent Harris Poll showed 90 percent of Americans now value mental and physical health equally. As awareness increases and stigma decreases, in the pursuit of mental wellness we should ask ourselves: how can we ...

Holidays

The Greatest Gift

Imagine a gift that can increase self esteem, reduce stress, and can be given to anybody. Imagine a gift that can lift spirits, enliven inspiration, and even ignite passions.  This ideal gift is not found by shopping online, or at the mall, or within the catalogues mounting in your mailbox.  It is not something that ...

Anxiety

How to Manage Your Mood

Are your moods unpredictable, uncontrollable or consistently disproportionate to a situation? You may be experiencing excessive emotional distress due to unmanaged moods. The many challenges of today’s society seem to provoke mood swings for many people, which can debilitate relationships, careers and even physical health. Mood swings are characterized by a drastic change in emotion ...

Mental Health

Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). For individuals with OCD, worries, doubts and superstitious beliefs are common in everyday life. Some people can be methodical, precise and value order and cleanliness, but not have OCD. People with OCD suffer from intrusive and unwanted thoughts ...

Mental Health

Understanding Thought Disorders

“Thought disorder” is a term used to describe any of several illnesses or diseases that commonly manifest in language (speech or writing) that is difficult to make sense of. The most common thought disorder is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects more than two million Americans. Below are four common symptoms of thought ...

Depression

Recognizing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This time of year when the weather is cold, wet and dreary, there are many days when we’d like to pull the covers back over our heads and stay in bed, rather than get out and face the day. We often loosely blame the winter months for sapping our energy, leaving us tired, irritable and ...

Mental Health

Knowing PTSD and its impact

Often, the anniversary of a traumatic event can bring about several days or weeks of anxiety, fear, nightmares, depression and flashbacks. Traumatic events can include tornadoes, plane crashes, murders, school shootings, car accidents, the death of a loved one, assaults, abuse or any other negative event that has a significant impact on one or more ...