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Mental Health

Centerstone Featured in TIME Magazine’s Health Innovation Issue

“They’re Going To Pull Out All The Stops” ~ Becky Stoll, vice president for crisis and disaster management for Centerstone Centerstone is featured in TIME Magazine’s Nov. 4 Health Innovation Issue, which includes a special report on the ways hospitals and behavioral health centers are changing their suicide prevention protocols. Below is an excerpt of TIME’s ...

Addiction

Regional CEO Melissa Larkin-Skinner speaks about mental health leadership

Melissa Larkin-Skinner, Regional CEO of Centerstone based in Florida, was the special guest on “The #PopHealth Show” with Anthony Diaz. During this 23-minute podcast, Melissa speaks about her career helping people with mental health and substance use issues, and how Centerstone is leading the way to help people around the nation get the treatment they ...

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 ...

Mental Health

5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Mental Health Treatment

We see and hear about it all the time. When wrestling with issues from addiction to depression to PTSD and beyond, people tend to think mental health care is purely prescriptive: medication, talk therapy and so on. However, remaining engaged for the entire process is key to experiencing real progress and healing. This means practicing ...

Anxiety

Schizophrenia and Thought Disorders

The onset of serious psychotic symptoms was sudden and dramatic for George, a 51-year old man living with schizoaffective disorder.   In George’s reality, a mental “Star Chamber” was holding him on trial for crimes too terrible to fathom. These fantasies left him wandering the streets shouting at unseen forces out to destroy him. Due ...

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 Mythbusting

In the more than seven decades since the first observance of Mental Health Month, 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 asked some of ...

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 an abnormal situation. We are living in 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, terrorism or disaster. We are reminded often that it ...

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

One in five Americans has a treatable mental illness, and we all experience stress. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Clearly, we must consider our mental health along with physical health and recognize how they impact each other. Mental health is more ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...