Mental Health

How A Family Affected by Suicide is Spreading Mental Health Awareness

According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States

HAWLEY, Minn. — A Hawley family is celebrating the memory of their daughter exactly one year after her passing. The Bjorndahls lost their daughter Katie to an overdose on September 29, 2018. Now, nearly 150 friends, family, teammates, teachers and colleagues are gathered at the Hawley Softball Field in her honor. The memorial is a marriage of music, poetry and…

Fargo’s Luther Hall Recognized for Changing Youth Lives

Luther Hall is one of three juvenile programs in the nation to receive the PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen award

FARGO, N.D. — Home is where the heart is, but for some young people, home is where they can get the mental help they need. “All the youth that live here have mental health diagnoses and need help managing that and getting as healthy as they can be so they can return to the community,” said Clinical Team Leader Jody…

Sen. Tina Smith Creates Rural Economic Working Group

the goal of the group is to take innovative ideas from small communities and incorporate them to ones who need more help throughout the U.S.

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Taking innovative ideas from rural communities in Minnesota and incorporating them at the federal level. Senator Tina Smith says that’s what can really help some change places across the country need. She announced she is starting a bipartisan Senate “Rural Economic Working Group.” And she’s doing it alongside Republican South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds. “Our…

St. Paul Police Required to have Annual Mental Health Checkup

Ellie Family Services counselors will not keep written records of the conversations with the officers.

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A new initiative in West St. Paul requires police officers to have an annual mental health wellness checkup. Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association executive director Andy Skoogman says officers’ jobs are demanding, sometimes even traumatic, yet many resist seeking therapy when they need it to avoid appearing weak. Skoogman says that may be changing….

Shocking Carnage After Two Mass Shootings In One Weekend

Dozens Killed In El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

Two mass shootings at crowded public places in Texas and Ohio in less than 24 hours claimed at least 29 lives and left scores injured, a shocking carnage even in a country accustomed to gun violence. In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire Saturday morning in a shopping area packed with thousands of people during…

Mobile App Designer Shares Her Struggle With Hair-Pulling Disorder at TEDxFargo

Her struggles led her to create a successful business

FARGO, N.D. — With an audience of about 2,000 people, TEDxFargo is a great platform to raise awareness. That’s what Aneela Idnani did to teach people about a condition called trichotillomania. It’s a compulsive hair pulling disorder that left her in hiding for years, afraid people would find out about her bare eyebrows. “I skipped out on pool parties, I…

Sen. Smith Introduces Mental Health Bill After Sharing Her Experience With Depression

The bill would help provide mental health resources to schools

FARGO, N.D. — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say one in five Americans suffer from a mental health issue. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is introducing a bill to address it. She recently revealed she struggled with depression in her teens and late 30’s. “I’m really blessed that I was able to get the help I needed to…

MSUM Psychology Club Helps People Step Up to the Mental Health Stigma

This is the first time the club has hosted a 5K

MOORHEAD, Minn. —┬áPeople are stepping up to the mental health stigma. Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Psychology Club is hosting a 5K for mental health awareness. People are going 13 laps around the track at Nemzek Fieldhouse and walking for those affected with a mental disorder. Club representatives say they want these types of events to reach the whole community. “We…

NDSU Promotes Public Health with Week Full of Events

Students, faculty, and all community members are welcome at the events

FARGO, N.D. – NDSU is celebrating National Public Health Week by offering a series of week-long events promoting the importance of public health. Some of the topics touch on vaping, women’s mental health, American-Indian public health, and the “me too” movement. Anyone in the community is welcome at the events. Dr. Abby Gold, the vice-chair of NDSU’s Department of Public…

The Chamber Works to Erase Mental Health Stigmas in the Workplace

The entire event centered on the goal for creating an inclusive work environment

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Employers in the community are learning to create a more inclusive work environment for people facing mental and behavioral health issues with The Chamber’s monthly Eggs & Issues event. “The idea is to give people that work in this every day, people that have gone through some of their own issues themselves, to help our audience understand…