Statewide restrictions placed on the number of people who can gather together have meant that Minnesota’s many recovery programs have had to rethink the way they work.
MinnPost’s Mental Health & Addiction coverage seeks to shine a light on issues that affect a huge number of Minnesota families yet are often ignored by the media, with author Andy Steiner writing stories related to mental health, addiction and the complex relationship between the two.
Psychiatrist and educator Kaz Nelson discusses four common mental health reactions during the coronavirus crisis: psychological stress, grief, isolation/loneliness and panic.
Last year, a conversion therapy ban passed the Minnesota House; Sen. Scott Dibble’s companion bill has been reintroduced in the hopes of receiving a hearing and a full vote this session.
Growing their numbers just might be the answer to the state’s serious shortage of mental health workers.
“Making a connection and making a friend, that’s something that grieving people need,” said camp founder Paul Thomas “PT” Hohag. “They need to feel like they have advocates and supporters.”
As host of the hit podcast “The Hilarious World of Depression,” humorist John Moe spends a lot of time talking to funny people about their mental health. Now he’s written about his own.
The Wayside program will be the first and only outpatient addiction-treatment program in Minnesota that focuses exclusively on nurses.
The program was introduced by Broek in 2011 as a way to help students understand the importance of sleep, and to provide tips for getting optimal shut-eye in an exciting new environment.
“It’s been powerful to see the response to this idea of making non-drinkers feel like they are our first thought, rather than an afterthought,” said owner Eric Dayton.
When Grimm died on Jan. 5, he left behind a legacy of accomplishment in addiction treatment, but those who worked with him say he will be best remembered for his focus on individuals, his generous spirit and his commitment to improving the lives of people worldwide struggling with the disease of addiction.
“We meet on the third Wednesday of the month,” said Michele Gran. “We’re constantly welcoming other parents in to help them understand that there is hope and life for us — even after our children’s diagnosis.”
MN Peer Support Connection Warmline operators are available seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.
The class was created back in 2012 by Janet Lewis Muth, Carleton College’s director of health promotion. In those days, Muth worked for the Rice County Mental Health Collective.
Diggins said she enjoyed sharing the stage with Shortal and talking about their shared history of disordered eating; she believes that Peace Meal is a powerful tool that could help even more people learn about eating disorders and body-image issues.
The group supports and educates students about mental illness, through group discussions, conversations with mental health experts and advocacy.
The program will address the mental health needs of new parents, with a focus on the overall health of children and families.
Rather than seeing the total number of nicotine users in the state go down as many people had hoped, the popularity of e-cigarettes means that more young Minnesotans are becoming addicted.
“Is the world today a scary place? Yes,” said Jenny Britton of Washburn Center for Children. “Is there an uptake in adolescent mental health diagnoses? We’re absolutely seeing that.”
Earlier this year, the FDA approved Spravato, a move that gave the controversial practice of using ketamine to treat depression an air of professional legitimacy. But insurance companies have been slow to sanction the treatment.
The challenges that veterinarians face include high levels of student loan debt, struggles explaining the cost of services to clients, and complex moral conundrums connected to end-of-life animal care, says Athena Diesch-Chham.