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Suicide Prevention Day: Time to remember there is help for those who need it


Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As World Suicide Prevention Day is observed this Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Minnesota Department of Human Services reminds Minnesotans of resources available to people in despair and their friends and family members.



“Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “As the state agency responsible for statewide mental health treatment, we know that mental illnesses are treatable and we want people to know that help is available when and where they need it.”



Mental health crisis services are key parts of the state’s mental health system and its suicide prevention efforts, Jesson said. Staff trained in crisis response provide 24-hour call services in most Minnesota counties and tribal reservations. In addition, mobile crisis response services provide face-to-face intervention for mental health crises across Minnesota. The service is available to any Minnesotan in need and is covered for everyone, including people who are uninsured. It is not necessary for people to have a mental illness to use crisis services. In fact, half of people who contact crisis services are accessing mental health services for the first time.



Every Minnesota county has mental health crisis phone numbers that can be called to access over-the- phone or in-person support, including help from mobile crisis teams. Children and adult crisis services work collaboratively with specialized skills to best help children, youth, adults and seniors. A list of county phone numbers for children and adult crisis services is available on the DHS website at www.dhs.state.mn.us/mhcrisis.



In
2012 children’s mental health crisis services funded by DHS and counties managed more than 10,000 crises over the phone and 2,600 crises in person with people 21 years and under. The primary reason for intervention, at 24 percent of all calls, was suicidal ideation. With crisis team assistance, 72 percent of children who were suicidal or attempted suicide remained in their current home and avoided hospitalization.



In 2012, adult mental health crisis services funded by DHS and counties managed 11,484 crises in person for people who were 18 years and older. Again, the primary reason for intervention, accounting for 28 percent of contacts, .....
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Additional services and more healthcare providers at Rushford Clinic

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Winona Health has added services at their Rushford Clinic and welcomed several new healthcare providers. “Healthcare organizations everywhere are finding it challenging to recruit healthcare providers for smaller, rural communities,” said Mart ..... 
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Report Shows Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center Excels in Treatment for Depression

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

An independent researcher recently reported that Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center significantly exceeded state averages in the treatment of depression. The report was released by Minnesota HealthScores, an independent, non-profit organization dedic ..... 
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Department of Human Services expands role of MNsure In-Person Assisters

Mon, Aug 19th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Today the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced that in-person assistance will be available to help MinnesotaCare enrollees get low-cost or free health care coverage through MNsure's In-Person Assister program. In-Person Assisters are comm ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

In the August 5 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, the Red Cross reported that the Spring Valley, Minn. Blood Drive would take place on August 22 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church. It will actually take place at the Spring Valley C ..... 
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Care to Help Older Minnesotans?

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Share your expertise by assisting older Minnesotans makes informed decisions about health insurance and community resource options. Volunteers are being sought to provide non-biased information and help in completing forms for health care, prescript ..... 
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The need is constant: Red Cross seeks additional blood donors this summer

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — While many volunteers generously responded to the emergency call for blood donations from the American Red Cross in July, donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are still needed this summer. ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Farmers Market

By Peggi J. Redalen

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Brittany Loven from Hidden Bluff Organic Acres and her niece were a huge hit with fresh sweet corn, vegetables, flowers and herbs at the Rushford-Peterson Farmers Market. The Rushford Peterson Farmers Market is scheduled for Wednesdays each week from ..... 
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Red Cross calls on blood donors to help alleviate summer shortage

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations than expected were given in the first half of summer. Every day donations come up short ..... 
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