What's the number-one chronic health condition in northeastern Minnesota?
David Lee says depression.
The director of Public Health and Human Services for Carlton County is also a licensed mental health professional, and he says depression leads 2-1 over the next leading chronic health condition.
But there are some interesting changes in the works that may make mental health care more routine ... and reduce the percieved stigma at the same time. Plus a new facility in Duluth aimed at giving folks a quiet safe place to regroup as an alternative to a locked facility.
Special mental health reporting this week on "Change Your Mind: Living With Mental Illness" is provided by KUMD, in partnership with the Human Development Center, Miller-Dwan Foundation and the St. Luke's Foundation.
A note about TXT4Life:
TXT4LIFE started right here in the Northland in 2011.
No matter who you are, if you need someone to talk to, text “Life” to 61222. A trained counselor will respond to your text. Find out more about TXT4LIFE at txt4life.org
The Mental Health Week on KUMD was made possible in part by the Human Development Center, Miller-Dwan Foundation and the St. Luke’s Foundation.