Cre Larson: Mental Health Crisis During the Pandemic

Oct 23, 2020

First Call for Help of Itasca County is a private, nonprofit community organization whose mission is to provide free, confidential and nonjudgmental crisis intervention, active listening, and information and referral services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to the residents and agencies of North Central Minnesota. 

Cre Larson is executive director of First Call for Help and member of the Crisis Response Team, she joins John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about mental health issues people are facing during the pandemic.  The Itasca County suicide rates have increased from last year by 32% with an increase in drug overdoses up 38%. Cre talks about the isolation people are facing and how people can get help during these times.  She reminds us that throughout the entire pandemic the Crisis Response Team has always and will continue to do face-to-face assessments, with protective gear, masks and distancing, to make sure they can help remedy some of the issues people are facing.  She encourages us all to reach out to others in any way we can and show kindness.

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