A Q&A with Barb Larson Taylor, coordinator of the college’s COVID-19 Response Team, about how the fall semester is going.
That commitment led Ramstad to advocate for and ultimately see passage of a groundbreaking federal law that requires insurance companies to pay equally for mental and physical health benefits, including addiction treatment.
Their goal is to engage members and work with them to get the treatment they need.
The conference, titled “Building Mindful Connections: The Invincibility of Mindful Self-Care for Helping Professionals,” will be held virtually on Oct. 31.
Thao recently received an Outstanding Refugee Award from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
After her son’s diagnosis, Greiling said, “I started working on mental health legislation wherever I encountered it.”
While some providers and patients may prefer to meet face-to-face, too many have experienced for themselves the convenience of online appointments to ever shut down that option.
The device, to be designed and developed by scientists at the U of M Medical School, may be able to help treat mental illnesses like depression and PTSD.
Jeff Zuckerman and his wife, Leah, had been married for 30 years when Leah’s late-onset bipolar disorder upended their ordinary, happy lives.
“We saw an 18 percent increase nationwide in overdoses in March, a 29 percent increase in April and a 42 percent increase in May,” said Engebreth, who heads Minnesota Outpatient Services at Hazelden-Betty Ford.
“We decided to offer a series of virtual online classes,” said founder/Executive Director Jeanne Calvit. “We didn’t want anyone to get bored or feel isolated. We created a Zoom community, and the response from our artists was immediate and enthusiastic.”
“I want to show people you can still live a beautiful life even with the greatest challenges,” said Heather Boll, a certified peer support specialist.
Such programs often have higher success rates with members of minority populations, who frequently struggle to reach and maintain sobriety using traditional treatment programs.
Thanks to funding provided by the Minnesota Legislature, the program is available free of charge to all schools in the state.
The idea of the hubs, Dr. Rich Levine explained, is getting care where it is needed to the people who need it.
In an extended Q&A, Jenkins talks about her work on the City Council, her hopes for the future and the ways she looks after her own mental health.
“The message we are trying to get out there is that our offices are safe, that ill and well children are being separated,” said Dr. Sheldon Berkowitz. “We’re taking all the needed precautions: masking, gowning, wearing face shields.”
Mission Nursing Home is a skilled nursing facility in Plymouth for men who have struggled with addiction, alcoholism and mental illness.
“The stressors of life have had a devastating impact on farmers and farm families,” Philips said. “In rural communities, we’re seeing higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide. It’s a disturbing trend.”
The Pink Cloud Foundation is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit that pays sober deposits for people facing financial hardship.