40 Stories in 40 Days

We are so excited to finally publish the 40 Stories in 40 Days project!! The 40 Stories in 40 Days project has three main objectives: (i) to provide a platform for our community to share their stories of mental illness and recovery (ii) to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness in the larger community (iii) to provide…

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What’s Going On: Message from Mark

This past April I had a chance to attend the National Council for Behavioral Health conference. As I reflected over the next couple weeks on how Independence Center will have to grow and evolve to continue serving a marginalized population, I realize now more than ever it’s the time to declare war on mental illness.…

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Donor Spotlight – In Memory of Jane H. Stupp

My mother, Jane H. Stupp, lived her life wanting to be of service to her community. Over her lifetime she was involved with many organizations in varied capacities. I have a very fond memory one year when she was in charge of mailing hundreds of flyers and she organized the neighborhood kids around our dining…

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Member Spotlight: Support from Across the Sea

Hi there, My name is Marco and I have been a member of the Independence Center since December of 2010. I volunteer as a member at the Center’s Clubhouse Shop, which has helped me develop healthy relationships, rebuild my self-esteem, and live with dignity. A year ago, I had the opportunity to visit Mosaic Clubhouse…

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Employee Spotlight: Congratulations Jonathan Long!

Congratulations to Independence Center Employment Specialist Jonathan Long who was awarded the 2017 Illinois Governor’s Volunteer Award for his exemplary service to the Illinois community. “I was surprised and honored. Service is important because there are a lot of issues in the community that need to be addressed. It’s important for people within their own…

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Anxiety – The Poem

She feels like she is suffocating. She feels like her breath is escaping her as if she was drowning. She feels the room spinning around her body. She thinks she might be having a heart attack. Her breath is picking up, she is breathing faster and faster. Flash backs are running through her head like…

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MHB Invests in Restoring Lives

St. Louis Mental Health Board Grant Investing in the value of returning to work “I’m sorry. We do not have a position for you at this time.” This is the response too often heard to those living with chronic mental illness. Whether it’s a gap in employment history or the stigma that still exists, the…

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Recovery Through Work

Life changed for Lisa when she walked through the doors of Independence Center’s Clubhouse this past March. She was working as a data entry processor when her symptoms of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder worsened, and she found herself frequently visiting the hospital. After her medication was adjusted, symptoms subsided and her social worker recommended…

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