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Susan Helgeland is the former executive director of Mental Health America of North Dakota. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Longtime mental health advocate says even in retirement, her work's not done

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FARGO - With a little prompting from her granddaughter, Susan Helgeland got her first tattoo at age 69. She chose a turtle.

When she showed it to Mandan tribal member Cory Spotted Bear while she was in Twin Buttes, N.D., for a "bridging cultures" session, he told her, "That's the Mandan symbol for Mother Earth."


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Meredith Holt
Meredith Holt is a Forum features reporter who writes a twice-monthly column on body image, weight loss (and gain), health and fitness. Her topics of interest include mental health, relationships and women's issues. She also does page design and copy editing, which she did for six years prior to joining the features staff in March 2012.
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