Episode 8 – Local Artist Discusses Mental Illness & Education

This week, I am so excited to be speaking with Independence Center member, Angel. Angel has been a member at IC for 4 years and has grown so much. We worked on a project together back in 2018 called the 40 stories in 40 days project where we created short videos of members sharing their […]

Episode 7 – Legal Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness

This week, I am so excited to be speaking with Ayana Dobos, who is a staff attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Ayana has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. She completed her Juris Doctorate at Emory University School of Law and now practices in St. Louis, […]

Episode 6 – How Employers Can Support Those Living with a Mental Illness

Today I am talking with Stephanie Girard, Director of Human Resources at Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel and Chris Hampel, member at Independence Center and Private Residence Engineer at the Chase Park Plaza. We’re going to be talking about how companies can help those living with a mental illness be successful in their employment […]

Episode 5 – SSM Behavioral Health Urgent Care

I am very excited to be talking with Michelle Schafer, Regional Vice President of Behavioral Health at SSM Health. Michelle oversees the operations of the entire Behavioral Health Service Line at SSM including inpatient and outpatient care for geriatric, adult, adolescent and child populations, emergency services, telemedicine, and medical stabilization. Today we are going to […]

Episode 4 – Systematic Approaches to Behavioral Health with BHN

Today, I am talking with Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis (BHN) and we have three great guests on the show. Sally Haywood is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Rose Jackson-Beavers is the Director of Faith Initiatives, and Christie Becker-Markovich is the Director of Recovery Initiatives. BHN is committed to improving the overall […]

Episode 3 – Supporting Care Partners with NAMI

This week we are going to be talking with Jackie Hudson, former staff member and longtime NAMI volunteer and Angela Berra, Director of Programs for NAMI St. Louis about what care partners wish they knew when a friend or family was diagnosed with a severe mental illness. We talk about first person experiences of supporting […]

Episode 2 – Bob Harvey & The Power of Community

This week I am talking with Bob Harvey, founding director of Independence Center, a nonprofit in St. Louis serving adults with mental illness. Bob talks about how he got his start in mental health, the formation of Independence Center, the importance of returning to work, and what the future of mental health looks like. Show […]

Episode 1 – Brittny Adams

Introducing, Let’s Rethink This, a podcast exploring the complex corners of mental illness by having candid conversations with people living with a severe mental illness and mental health providers on how mental illness affects all aspects of life including education, employment, housing, relationships and so much more. Let’s Rethink This is bringing you real stories […]

Trailer – Let’s Rethink This

Introducing Let’s Rethink This: Complex Conversations about Mental Illness, a new podcast exploring the complex corners of mental health. In our first four episodes, we will walk through a first-person perspective of mental illness with Brittny Adams, the power of a supportive community with Bob Harvey, what family and friends wish they knew with NAMI, […]

Independence Center Receives $30,000 Grant To Expand Its Occupational Therapy Services

ST. LOUIS – Independence Center is proud to announce that it has received a $30,000 grant from the Marillac Mission Fund for occupational therapy to support seniors aging in place. This grant has allowed Independence Center to expand its occupational therapy services, providing more support to its older members. “This grant allows us to provide occupational therapy […]