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Notice. Talk. Act. At Home. World Mental Health day is October 10th

Saturday October 10th, 2020 is World Mental Health Day. A day set aside to highlight the unrelenting and undiscriminating nature of mental illness, particularly now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), close to one billion people have a mental disorder and depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents and adults. Add to this that 1 in 5 children and adolescents has a mental disorder and suicide is claiming the lives of close to 800 000 people every year  ?  1 person every 40 seconds  ?- and is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years. Anyone anywhere can be affected by mental health conditions. Yet despite the universal nature and the magnitude of mental ill health, WHO says the gap between demand for mental health services and supply remains substantial.

Saturday October 10th, 2020 is World Mental Health Day. A day set aside to highlight the unrelenting and undiscriminating nature of mental illness, particularly now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At Lake Region Healthcare we have been diligently pursuing the addition of more psychiatrists in our recruitment efforts to meet this important and growing local health care need. We are very happy to announce that this month, two new providers will be joining longstanding psychiatrists on our team. Dr. Dan TraiserDr. David Mach and Dr. Susan Meland, will be joined Dr. Jackie Huber and Genie Loeffler, NP. In a few weeks, Dr. Paul Wawin will also join the team of psychiatry providers to round out a highly engaged, qualified and passionate group of mental health care providers eager to help as many people as they possibly can to regain the hope and fulfillment of living well by managing their mental health well. 

So on this World Mental Health Day, our Psychiatry providers, nurses and support staff offer these important words of wisdom:  Notice. Talk. Act. At Home. Adapting this model provided by the American Psychiatric Association helps parents/guardians/caregivers better understand how they can notice changes in family member’s behavior, when to engage in a conversation, and what potential action steps they should take. 

Remember. If you or a loved one is considering suicide, know that 24/7 confidential help is always here:

 

Crisis Lines: 

SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE – 1-800-273-8255 (En Español – 1-888-628-9454)

THE TREVOR PROJECT (LGBTQ Crisis and Suicide Hotline) – 866-488-7386

VETERANS CRISIS LINE – 1-800-273-8255

TEEN CRISIS LINE – 310-855-4673

HOPELINE TEXT SERVICE – Text “MN” or “HopeLine” to 741741

FARM AID SUPPORT LINE: 800-FARM-AID (327-6243)

 

To connect with a Psychiatry provider at Lake Region Healthcare, call 218.739.2221. Ongoing mental health support and resources are also available through NAMI MINNESOTA.

 

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