Mental Health Week

Eleni Pinnow

"Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth,  died from depression and suicide on Feb. 20, 2016."
That was the first line of Aletha's obituary as it was printed in the paper.  Aletha's older sister joins us this morning to talk about Aletha's death and the decision - to talk honestly about her suicide - that got the entire country talking.

(the full text of Aletha's obituary is reprinted below)

Kevin Hines

When he was 19 years old, Kevin Hines threw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco.  Tormented by a variety of mental illnesses - in his own words - "haphazardly following his treatment plan - but really not" - he decided to end his own life.

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Native American teens experience the highest rate of suicide of any population in the United states, more than double that of the general population, according to the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. And as is so often the case, alcohol factors into almost 70% of those deaths. 

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.

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Are we substituting jails for insane asylums in America?

Deb Holman:CHUM/HDC Street Outreach Advocate

At the turn of the 20th century, people with mental illness were still being locked up in institutions.

100 years later, they're still being institutionalized, but now, they're mainly ending up in jail.

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DBT (or Dialectical Behavior Therapy) may sound intimidating, but it's really just teaching a set of skills to help people manage stress better.


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.

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It's Mental Health Week, and we're kicking off a special weeklong series on Northland Morning called "Change Your Mind: Living with Mental Illness." 

One out of every four people you know could experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.  Few things are as important to recovery from a physical - or mental illness - as family and societal support.  But as an "invisible disability" - because you may not "look sick" to others ... sometimes that support is lacking.