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feedback services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to agencies and companies worldwide.

Missouri Crisis Hotlines

BHR provides the ACI crisis hotline and mobile outreach services for residents of the eastern Missouri counties served by BJC Behavioral Health,
Comtrea, Crider Health Center, and Hopewell Center. In addition, BHR is the crisis hotline provider for counties covered by Arthur Center and
the MOCARS Community Mental Health Centers.

•Behavioral Health Response ACI Hotline:
TTY: 314-469-3638
•Arthur Center:
•Other Missouri County Crisis Hotlines

A First Aid Kit For Mental Health Emergencies NPR radio Interview

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)  CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the
community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and
individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Pre-registration required. Call 1-877-724-2977
No cost for workshop.

One in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year. Yet, far too many – up to two-
thirds – go without treatment.   Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist
an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist
someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

About the Course
The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs for two days.  
Mental Health First Aid certification must be renewed every three years,
and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems,
builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:
The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including:
depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use
disorders, and self-injury
An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for
reduced stigma in their communities

A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to
select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with
appropriate professional care  
The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a
mental health problem.
Who should sign-up to be a Mental Health First Aider?
Specific audiences for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers,
state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel,
state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health support staff, young people,
families and the general public.  

Interested in this Mental Health First Aid Training?

To register for this class contact Joyce A. Johnston  
1.877.724.2977 or jjohnston@namistl.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness
St. Louis Office:
1750 S. Brentwood Blvd, Suite 511
St. Louis, MO 63144

Phone: 314.962.4670
Fax: 314.962.4678

National Alliance on Mental Illness
St. Charles Office:
200 S. Kingshighway, Suite 101
St. Charles, MO 63301

Local Phone: 636.940.7440
Toll-free Phone: 1-877-724-2977

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Missouri Institute of Mental Health offers 1.4 CEU for professionals. More info linked here.

A 'First Aid Kit' For Mental Health: Program Expands Throughout Metro (KC)
an NPR KCUR Central Standard radio interview
By Elana Gordon, Matthew Long-Middleton and Claire McInerny
A first aid kit is helpful when you cut yourself or get a burn and if someone stops breathing, you can
administer CPR. These medical skills are helpful for physical ailments, but how do you care for
someone in the midst of a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid is a nationwide program that
trains members of a community on how to interact and help someone with any mental illness.

Listen     20:56  minutes

Jermine D. Alberty, with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and Beth Yoder- Stein, with
Wyandotte Center discuss the importance of being trained in mental health first aid and how the 12-
hour training session works. According to Yoder-Stein, being frank about suicide, getting treatment
and other difficult subjects is key when talking with someone having a mental health episode.

Central Standard NPR KCUR
Monday - Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Each weekday morning Central Standard looks at the different worlds within Kansas City. Regular
topics include personal finance, information technology, the environment, music, cognitive therapy
and the arts.

May is Mental Health Month
Pathways to Wellness
calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and
good mental and overall health.
Wellness is more than an absence of disease.
It involves complete general, mental and social well-being.

To print out pdf full color poster of
day by day things you can do in May
31 ways to Wellness

ALGEE is a mnemonic device for Mental Health First Aid’s 5-step

A ssess for risk of suicide or harm
L isten nonjudgmentally
G ive reassurance and information
E ncourage appropriate professional help
E ncourage self-help and other support strategies

Action Plan – and the name of the program’s koala mascot.
includes origami template (click here.)
Mental Health First Aid - course video
Mental Health First Aid Role Play
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Special School District of St. Louis County
12110 Clayton Rd
Town & Country, MO 63131

8:30 am - 5:00pm

We will break for lunch on your own.

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To attend a class in St. Louis County you
must live in St. Louis County or work with
children who live in St. Louis County.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED.

If you have questions regarding registration,
or need more information please contact  us
at registration@namistl.org.

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About "Call Me Crazy": A Five Film
Through the five shorts named after each title character --
Lucy, Eddie, Allison, Grace and Maggie –
powerful relationships built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what
happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. Lifetime.com
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ALGEE Origami Tutorial Video
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Qigong for Detox DVD
with Francesco Garripoli
and Daisy Lee  $14.98

Cleanse your entire body using
the Qigong for Detox DVD, a
gentle yet powerful combination of
slow stretches and breathing
exercises very similar to tai chi.
Together with Qigong experts
Francesco Garripoli and Daisy
Lee, you'll move through 13
healing moves that gently flush
out toxins while strengthening
your cells and organs. This
therapeutic blend of focused
movements, deep breathing and
creative visualization will circulate
Qi, or energy, to detoxify, soothe
your nerves and restore mental
clarity. This gentle whole-body
Qigong program unblocks
meridians and restores
whole-body health. 45 minutes
Qigong Beginning Practice
DVD with
Francesco & Daisy Lee-
Garripoli  $19.98
2-DVD set includes artful, expert
instruction in Qigong

•Basic Principles, introducing you to
stance, hand movements and your
energy center
•Workouts you can do in any
sequence, including:
•Wuji Qigong to ease ailments and
boost resilience
•Swimming Dragon to loosen joints
•Dragon Pearl to increase lung
capacity and core strength
•Bagua Xun Dao Gong to stretch
and strengthen legs
•Bonus PBS documentary Qigong:
Ancient Chinese Healing for the
21st Century, which reveals
Qigong's fascinating origins and
ideology and scientific evidence of
its healing effects

These easy-to-learn "moving
meditations" will help you boost
your immunity and live healthier
and longer. Qigong’s gentle,
flowing poses, deep breathing
rhythms and visualization
techniques enhance the flow of Qi
(energy) that fuels your
movements, thoughts and
emotions. Used to prevent and cure
diseases from hypertension to
cancer, Qigong (pronounced "chee-
gung") can bring you many other
benefits including aerobic
endurance, a healthier heart and
greater resistance to stress. 2-DVD
set. 130 minutes. USA.
Qigong For Stress Relief
DVD  $14.98

Qigong ("chee gung") is an ancient
Eastern practice widely used in
China as a healing tool. More and
more Americans are begining to
search for natural ways to release
stress and tension and to promote

Gaiam's Qigong for Stress Relief,
taught by internationally renowned
instructors Francesco Garripoli
and Daisy Lee-Garripoli, is a
30-minute Qigong exercise
program featuring the 10 best
exercises for reducing stress. It is
specifically designed to promote
relaxation. Meditative movements,
focused breathing and visualization
techniques relieve stress
symptoms and boost resilience
quickly and effectively.

Suitable for all fitness levels,
practicing Qigong can help melt
away physical tension, energize
the body and build the immune
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The Art of Finding,
Keeping, or Being One
by Katie Rodriguez Banister
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