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Therapists' Mental Health Needs: 'It's Like the Dirty Little Secret That We Don't Talk About'

Therapists' Mental Health Needs: 'It's Like the Dirty Little Secret That We Don't Talk About'

Beth Orns and Katie McDannald are both mental health professionals in Columbia. They spoke about how their work has an impact on their own mental health, as well as about how even they need help, at times – especially in a year like 2020.

This piece was reported and produced by Olivia Love.

'Missourians are Paying With Their Lives For Our State's Lack of Gun Laws'

'Missourians are Paying With Their Lives For Our State's Lack of Gun Laws'

Matthew Huffman works at the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and we checked in – eight months into the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He spoke about how the lives of Missourians experiencing domestic violence are being further complicated by intersecting factors – housing insecurity, continued isolation, gun violence and more.

Huffman mentioned a new report from The Violence Policy Center called “When Men Murder Women An Analysis of 2018 Homicide Data,” in which Missouri ranks 2nd for number of women killed by intimate partners.

"It's Never Been Easier to Get Care. And It's Never Been More Important to Stay Connected'

"It's Never Been Easier to Get Care. And It's Never Been More Important to Stay Connected'

Mathew Gass and Matt Lemon both work at Burrell Behavioral Health. Mathew Gass is the President of the Central Region, which includes Columbia, and Matt Lemon is the Director of Communications for the entire Burrell system – based in Springfield.

They spoke about some of the mental health impacts the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has already had on Missourians, and about the long-term community-wide mental health impacts the pandemic is likely to leave in its wake.

'We Need Strategies Where They Can Be College Students, and Still Be As Safe As Possible'

'We Need Strategies Where They Can Be College Students, and Still Be As Safe As Possible'

Lynelle Phillips and Scott Clardy both work with Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services. Scott is the Assistant Director and Lynelle is a professor at the University of Missouri who leads a team of contact investigator volunteers.

They spoke about the bad rap that college age students get when it comes to testing positive for COVID-19 and about some of the ways college students can help keep themselves and their community – safe.

Special Education Amid COVID-19: 'It's Not That Kids Don't Want to Wear Masks, They Might Have a Sensory Disorder'

Special Education Amid COVID-19: 'It's Not That Kids Don't Want to Wear Masks, They Might Have a Sensory Disorder'

Amie VanMorlan lives and works in Columbia. She’s the incoming President of the local SEPTA, or special education PTA, a pediatric endocrinologist and the mom of Sagan and Damien.

Sagan is an upcoming senior, and Damien is an almost 7th grader who has Fragile X syndrome. This condition can lead to intellectual disabilities and autism, and is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability.

Amie spoke about some of the ways Damien and rest of the family are adjusting to the world of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Within Prison: 'We're in Here, but We Have No Control Over What's Going On'

COVID-19 Within Prison: 'We're in Here, but We Have No Control Over What's Going On'

Carlos Wade is an inmate at the Southeast Correctional Center in the Bootheel, and is currently working in the facility’s medical unit to keep things sanitized and, ideally, help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Southeast Correctional Center recently had an outbreak of COVID-19 cases – where 47 inmates and 20 staff members tested positive, so Carlos called me to talk about what life is like in prison during the ongoing pandemic and about some of his concerns.

According to the Department of Corrections, since the initial sentinel, or facility-wide testing was done, all but one inmate and three staff members have recovered from COVID-19.

Dentists Worry That Due to Pandemic, 'We're Going to See an Increase In Emergency Room Visits Again'

Dentists Worry That Due to Pandemic, 'We're Going to See an Increase In Emergency Room Visits Again'

Dr. Mack Taylor lives and works in the Bootheel. He’s the Chief Dental Officer for the SEMO Health Network and the provider at the Bernie dental clinic.

He spoke about the “new normal” of dental practice during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and how new safety precautions are impacting the care available to patients.

Coronavirus and Columbia's Black Community: 'I Feel Like a Flood is Coming for the Vulnerable

Coronavirus and Columbia's Black Community: 'I Feel Like a Flood is Coming for the Vulnerable

Verna Laboy is a health educator for Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services, and runs the Live Well by Faith program, a community-based health program that targets chronic health conditions through black churches.

The program supports health ministries at 17 black churches in the area by providing health programming, training and resources for people in the congregation, and leaders within each church help run programming and do data collection.

She spoke with Dee Campbell-Carter, a lifestyle coach for the program, about just a few of the ways the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is impacting the black community here in Columbia – and how they’re supporting one another.

COVID-19 & ASL Interpreters: 'For the First Time, Many Missourians Felt Their Voice was Recognized'

COVID-19 & ASL Interpreters: 'For the First Time, Many Missourians Felt Their Voice was Recognized'

Dr. Opeoluwa Sotonwa is the executive director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Jefferson City.

He spoke about the importance of accessible communication for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Missourians and about some recent advances – like the availability of clear masks and American Sign Language interpreters at Governor Mike Parson’s COVID-19 briefings – and how those have impacted the lives and well-being of all Missourians during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

You are hearing Dr. Opeoluwa Sotonwa as interpreted by AJ Housewright.

Oral Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic: 'Don't Forget About Your Oral Health'

Oral Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic: 'Don't Forget About Your Oral Health'

Dr. John Dane is the State Dental Director and Gary Harbison is the executive director of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health.

They spoke about some of the concerns they have about the possible long-term impacts of COVID-19 on oral health, as many dental clinics have been closed and Missourians may have gotten out of a normal oral health routine.

College Student Mental Health: 'No One is Achieving Self-Actualization During Quarantine'

College Student Mental Health: 'No One is Achieving Self-Actualization During Quarantine'

Madeline Nash is a counselor at University Counseling Services at Truman State University in Kirksville, and full disclosure, someone I knew during my undergrad at Truman.

She spoke about her role with college students since classes moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and about how students – and others – should “give themselves that empathy” to mourn the loss of things like graduation during this unprecedented time.

Community Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic: 'This Kind of Mindset Prevents Suicide'

Community Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic: 'This Kind of Mindset Prevents Suicide'

Dr. Bart Andrews is the Chief Clinical Officer at Behavioral Health Response in Creve Coeur and Chair of the Missouri Suicide Prevention Network.

He spoke about the possible increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts during the coronavirus pandemic – and about what everyone can do to help.

This piece was reported and produced by Trevor Hook.

Family Medicine and COVID-19: 'Anything We Can Manage at Home, We Manage at Home'

Family Medicine and COVID-19: 'Anything We Can Manage at Home, We Manage at Home'

Dr. Michael Lefevre is the interim chair of MU’s Department of Family Medicine. He researches best practices in family medicine and public health, and is a physician himself.

He spoke about how the field of family medicine is changing during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect staff and patients – and to keep the most vulnerable among us, safe.

This is an excerpt from KBIA’s daily talk show, the Check-In with Janet Saidi, on Monday, April 13. You can hear the full show – here

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