Mental Health

Farmers, miners, loggers and other rural workers and their families face a unique set of stresses in a normal time, but especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in rural areas where there is a higher suicide rate. 

Rich Tunell is the rural mental health program coordinator at the Lake Superior Community Mental Health Center, he joins Heidi and John to talk about this problem on the Thursday Morning Show.

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8th Annual Stomp on Stigma 5k Run/Walk

Apr 18, 2020

Lynette Schmidt and Jollene Latvala from Children's Mental Heath Services in Grand Rapids talk with Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Friday Morning Show.  The 8th Annual Stomp on Stigma 5k Run/Walk will be held virtually for the first time ever.  Lynette and Jollene talk about how this event will be run and how they are adapting to the circumstances of social distancing in their day to day work.

Schools and universities across the country are setttling into a new normal of a sustained, distance learning situation.  We spoke with Central Lakes College President Hara Charlier about how her staff and students are facing the challenge. 

If you need help dial 211

Cre Larson is the Executive Director of First Call For Help and is part of the crisis response team in the Itasca County area.  She talked with us this morning about how they have been inundated with phone calls during the COVID-19 pandemic and how we might help our loved ones who live with mental illness. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this morning Senator Tina Smith (DFL) from Minnesota tells us about a bill she is sponsoring - The Mental Health Services for Students Act. 

Today we talked with Andy Steiner about a collaboration of emergency department and mental health in the Twin Cities - her latest article on Minn Post is: New Set of Emergency Department standards may help identify patients at high risk for suicide

On the Friday Morning Show we welcomed back Lynette Schmidt and Jollene Latvala from Children's Mental Health to talk about the misconceptions of mental health and tell us about Stomp on Stigma.

Stomp on Stigma is in its 7th year  at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids on Saturday May 5th.

If you're a parent, you may face a battle every day over screen time - social media, texting, video games...

There's a free community talk with Erin Walsh this Wednesday evening March 20th at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids at 6:30pm.

Erin Walsh, M.A. is a speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age.  Listen to our conversation with her on the Monday Morning Show. 

Strong Susie

May 3, 2018
John Bauer

In the first in our Strong Women series – where we listen to the stories of the lives of women in northern MN. Today we talk to Susie Loeffler of Grand Rapids.

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The Grand Rapids Chapter of NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing TV and Movie actress Mary Pat Gleason to Grand Rapids (Thursday May 25 at the Reif Center) for her one-woman show about living with bi-polar disorder called "Stopping Traffic"

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