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Veterans in Research Psychiatric Center’s inpatient STAR (Stress, Trauma, Addictions and Recovery) Program begin to heal by expressing through their art the experiences that at one time almost destroyed them.

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The STAR Program is one of a handful in the country specially designed to help active duty military and veterans suffering from PTSD and other issues; art therapy is important component of program.

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Country music artist Chris Stapleton’s debut solo album earned him bona fide superstar status complete with Grammys, Country Music Award (CMA) honors and, last Sunday, a slew of trophies from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). And now, with his recently released song, “Fire Away”, the triple threat – singer, songwriter and producer – is lending his celebrity to shine a light on a disorder that disables millions of Americans – mental illness.

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Many people have difficulty dealing with the darker, shorter days of winter. They struggle to get out of bed in the morning, have less energy, feel down, and gain weight.

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Local nurses are being recognized for making a difference in their patients' lives, their hospitals and their communities.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Research Psychiatric Center is partnering with other agencies to help educate and end the stigma around mental illness.

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Shelah Erickson is staffing coordinator at Research Psychiatric Center. Nursing is her passion, but so is being on stage making people laugh, she says. Erickson spends many of her weekends traveling across the country performing as a stand-up comedian, usually as the headliner. She blends her vocations. Erickson performs four to five times each quarter in California, New York, Florida, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and beyond.

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The federal government is rolling out a new policy to combat prescription drug addiction as the epidemic skyrockets. Dr. Irfan Handoo at the Research Psychiatric Center said they are seeing a record number of prescription drug addicts.

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Research Psychiatric Center, a campus of Research Medical Center, announces a free 12-week course on education and support for families of individuals with mental illness. Research Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City's leading healthcare provider and one of the area's largest private-sector employers. Research Psychiatric Center is one of the largest providers of behavioral healthcare services in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area and one of the few comprehensive inpatient facilities.

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Research Psychiatric Center STAR Program's primary therapist, David Strother, was interviewed on Kansas City Public Media's Up to Date radio show.

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