May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 29, 2019

By Christina Cernansky, May 15, 2019 Imagine that during a break at work, a colleague mentions she has recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Most likely, offers of support, suggestions for natural remedies and maybe even some joking about diet and exercise would follow in response. Others with high blood pressure might commiserate in more »

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Local teen runs peer support group for mental health

April 4, 2019

Amber Leyba-Castle, right, works with Christina Cernansky, the executive director of the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness-Wood River Valley, to support people with mental illness. Express photo by Willy Cook “Find what supports you.” Amber Leyba-Castle, Creator of Bluebirds Teen Support Group & Club   The idea started over shrimp and grits. Amber Leyba-Castle and more »

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Keeping the Happy Center Intact

January 16, 2019

Keeping the Happy Center Intact Christina Cernansky advocates going through a checklist when stressed: “Did I eat well today? Am I getting exercise? “ Saturday, January 12, 2019 STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK Christina Cernansky stood in front of a room full of women at the Knob Hill Inn and pointed to her forehead. more »

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Study: Idaho gets F for mental-health coverage

November 13, 2018

Study: Idaho gets F for mental-health coverage Mark Dee  Nov 2, 2018 In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, requiring insurers to cover mental health as they would any other condition.     A decade later, states are still catching up, and most—including Idaho—are failing, according to more »

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