Mental Health

Third Annual Michael Kaspari Recovery Run/Walk Reminds People Overcoming Addiction is Possible

It raised about $30,000 for the Village First Step Recovery Program

FARGO, N.D. — More than 200 people laced up their sneakers for the third annual Michael Kaspari Memorial Recovery 5k Run and Walk. The Village’s First Step Recovery Program started putting on the race as a way to celebrate addiction recovery. It’s also a way for the mental health clinic to highlight their free family recovery clinic. The run/walk raised almost…

Local Students Receive Mental Health Assistance Courtesy of United Way

Part of $6 million raised last year went towards mental health initiatives

FARGO, N.D. — Last year, United Way of Cass–Clay raised a record $6 million. As part of its mission, the organization used a portion of those funds to help education in Cass and Clay Counties. “If we prepare children to succeed, we can really accomplish all of our bold community goals. The foundation is making sure that young people have what…

Police: Woman At Center Of Gun Incident Was Agitated, Hurt Face On Hospital Bed

Jennifer Thomas was Arrested Sunday At Buffalo Wild Wings In moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A woman arrested for a gun incident at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead on Sunday was agitated according to police and that is how she got hurt. They say Jennifer Thomas spit in the face of an officer while being put into the squad car. They put a spit mask on her. Before she could be taken to…

Out of the Darkness Walk Raises Mental Health Awareness for Fourteenth Year

The walk raised over $100,000 for mental health research and suicide prevention

  FARGO, N.D. — More than 2,000 people are raising awareness about suicide and the importance of mental health for the fourteenth year in a row. The Out of the Darkness walk is meant to remind people there is still hope for those who struggle with a mental illness every day. Organizers of the walk say it’s because of mental health…

Adults and Youth Learn the Distress Signs of Mental Health

Imagine Thriving and Youth Intervention Programs Association trained people in identifying distress signs in youth

FARGO – A Fargo organization is teaming up with a youth intervention association to bring mental health training to both youth and adults. Imagine Thriving and Youth Intervention Programs Association trained people in identifying distress signs in youth and ways to better their mental health. The “Not Alone” documentary was played with a purpose of demonstrating how the topic of…

Man Charged With Wife’s Murder After Suicide Pact

If convicted, he could face up to life in prison

FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo man has been charged with the murder of his wife after the couple made a suicide pact. Louis and Ila Averson, an elderly couple in poor health, planned to kill themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning. When that didn’t work, Louis shot Ila in the heart and then shot himself. He is now being treated for his…

Ruck Marchers Raise Awareness for Veteran Suicides

They marched from the border 20 pounds in their rucksacks

MOORHEAD, Minn. — CrossFit Fargo and the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation put together a ruck march to raise awareness for veteran suicides. Marchers started at the U.S.–Canada border and will finish at the North Dakota–South Dakota border. They stopped at Centennial Park in Moorhead. Each marcher carries 20 pounds of weight inside their rucksack to represent the heavy gear soldiers…

Mental Health Professionals Talk Children’s Mental Well-Being

A significant change in behavior could hint at a bigger problem

FARGO, N.D. — Flag Family Media, Prairie St. John’s, and Scheels put on a town hall with mental health professionals to talk about the mental well–being of children. One panelist describes our society as an “anxious age” with so much going on around us. One of the big points of discussion was the impact of social media on children. Mental health…

United Way Invests $300,000 To Treat Children That’re Victims of Abuse

The organization gave the grant to the Red River Children's Advocacy Center

FARGO, N.D. — Last year the Red River Children’s Advocacy Center treated more than 600 kids who have been abused. Now thanks to the United Way, they’ll be able to treat even more kids, for free. When traumatized kids walk into the center, there’s usually a dark cloud hanging over them. “They’re broken and they’re hurting, they feel like the world…

New Study Shows Young Adults are Lonelier than Ever Before

Cigna released a study that 43% of young adults say that they don't have meaningful relationships

FARGO, N.D. — Many young adults are told to be the best they can possibly be and to stop at nothing to be successful. “When that doesn’t map onto your own experiences, it could violate your expectations and that could be a letdown,” said Dr. Kathryn Gordon, an Associate Professor of Psychology at NDSU. The growing culture of perfectionism, as well…