Registration, cocktails and raffles greeted guests of the Snow Ball Gala, benefiting Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, as they arrived on Dec. 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis in that municipality’s downtown. This year’s event marked a return to form after a year away and featured awards, live auction items, a photo booth and music by the Fabulous Motown Revue. Mental health is more important than ever in these times, and Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri has been here since 1945 to provide information, education and advocacy, addressing the entire spectrum of mental health.
“Although the harmful effects of adverse childhood experiences can be passed on from generation to generation, healing, strength and resilience can also be passed down. That is why I am excited about MHA-EM’s new PEACE (Preventing the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences) Initiative. PEACE will provide therapeutic services that strengthen parent-child relationships to give children the best shot at preventing mental health conditions in adulthood,” president and CEO Sue King says. “I’m so proud of our deepened commitment to B4Stage4, a philosophy that encourages early intervention to prevent serious mental illness. We are thankful for the support we receive from the community for our Snow Ball Gala and throughout the year.”