The staff at Sanford Bemidji were so pleased with the First Steps results that they worked to make the program available to other rural hospitals.
Only one in three African-Americans who need mental health care receives it, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
“This struggle was very hard for me,” Diggins said. “It made me feel awesome to be able to overcome my eating disorder and succeed as an athlete.”
For many people, an important part of recovery from addiction is giving back to the community through volunteer service.
Spinal cord stimulation is an option for people who have tried other methods of treatment for their pain but have not found significant relief, said Dr. Peter Stiles.
“The healing community that exists here it is really wide and deep,” said John R. Engebreth, Hazelden Betty Ford director of clinical operations for St. Paul, Chaska and Maple Grove.
Marco Murrieta, a school-based therapist at Wellstone International High School, has a personal story that mirrors that of the students he counsels.
The LIVIN Foundation will host the Get Busy LIVIN Music Festival on Sept. 22 from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at ERX Motor Park in Elk River.
“We want this to be an uplifting, uniting experience. Everyone has mental health, good or bad. We want to focus on promoting good mental health,” said Sue Abderholden of NAMI-Minnesota.
“We’ve done a lot of treatment interventions for them, including forming groups to help people learn coping techniques other than using tobacco,” said Ann Henderson of Seward CSP.
People who have lived through traditional confrontation-style interventions are more likely to enter addiction treatment with a chip on their shoulder.
In recent years, the use of emotional support animals (ESAs) has gained popularity among people living with mental illness, and, to some degree, acceptance from lawmakers in many states, including Minnesota.
Lynhall owner Anne Spaeth realized that her own professional background gave her a deeper understanding of her employees’ struggles. She had worked as an assistant county attorney and as a child protection advocate.
Some people, including members of Voices Heard Choir, say that they find their auditory hallucinations are quieted when they sing.
Hearing Voices Choir practicing “Under the Boardwalk” at Andrew Residence in Minneapolis.
Supporting mothers and their children is the name of the game at Perspectives, said President and CEO Jeannie Seeley-Smith.
“No matter where we were, my dad always, and I mean always, asked the person who was helping us their story. He was interested, authentically interested,” said his daughter, Sally Maghakian O’Keefe.
The national shortage of youth treatment programs attests to the fact that there is a clear market for programs designed to serve addicted kids.
“For students who are coming in already struggling with addiction and maybe don’t really know it yet, I think being a student here can be hard,” said Kelsey Roy.
Beginning in June, Miltich will tour Minnesota with a conversation-and-performance project titled “The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health and Creativity Through Jazz.”