Beasley Baker, Russ Galvan, Randy Kohl, Jesse Harrison and Ben Brooks were honored by the Coast Guard on Tuesday because they saw the man floating in the river, fired up a tow boat, and threw him a lifeline, which he’d initially rejected. Read more →
People are and have been asking for help. And too often the answer — closing a crisis hotline, rejecting a mental health clinic in your town because you’re afraid of the impact on your children, or turning a wellness check into a SWAT shootout — is ‘no.’ Read more →
The suicide of a well-known person has opened the window on a national dialogue on mental health and depression, a traditionally short period during which we are afforded the opportunity to learn something about the health scourge from which we typically turn away. Read more →
It’s the latest community where someone is trying to do something about access to mental health care, something that everyone gets behind elsewhere until — we’re looking at you, Forest Lake — people object. Read more →
Caelan Johnson, 21, of Baxter, Minn., wants people who might be thinking of taking their own life to think about her and the rest of her family, who say they have nothing but questions after Tom Johnson, her father, shot himself to death in January. Read more →
Norm Ornstein, a Minnesota native, writes in the New York Times today about his son, ill served by a mental health system that does not serve those who are too ill to know that they need help. Read more →
A panic attack during a November game changed the way the ex-Timberwolves player thinks about mental health. Read more →
For sure, it’s become easier for people to talk about providing access to mental health care, too often talk is all it is. Politicians are failing Minnesotans on this issue and failing big. It’s a testament to the resiliency of people that some of them can navigate the roadblocks and fear that exists and get the help they need.
So Brian Murphy’s story should at least provide inspiration that it’s possible. Read more →
Research confirms that mental health and mass shootings are not well linked, but who’s going to check when the wagons are circled and the weaponry of blaming mental illness is drawn? Read more →
A medical examiner in La Crosse County says the number of suicides is up considerably from a year ago. Why? Read more →
You look like you could use a reminder that what you hear on the news isn’t all there is to real life. So, here.
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Chris Hawkey, a radio talk show host in the Twin Cities, is certainly doing his part to convince people — especially men — to talk about mental illness and depression. Read more →
Jeff Ernst has a mental illness, he acknowledges in an op-ed in today’s Star Tribune, and he writes that we’re all too eager to accept the portrayal of the mentally ill alongside people who’ll kill innocent people.
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A Brainerd hospital is going to test whether it’s possible for a medical facility to treat only the “good” patients and avoid any sort of backlash with the policy. The chances are Essentia Health will succeed at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd because it’s refusing to admit patients with little constituency: the severely mentally ill.
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Sergei Neubauer’s obituary doesn’t say so specifically, but his struggle, like most against depression and mental illness, was brave and courageous. His short life was amazing. And so too, obviously, were the two people in Iowa who agreed to be his parents when he was 11.
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