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MENTAL HEALTH

Abbey McDonald, the former Bluejacket star, still has her “ups and downs,” but hopes her story can help others battling similar problems.
The goal is to keep people safe, law enforcement said. In an effort to prevent exposing mental health experts and social workers to danger, officers typically won't call them to incidents involving violence, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner said.
Gary Tharaldson, North Dakota’s successful hotel developer and owner of Tharaldson Ethanol in Casselton, North Dakota, describes how his company will move forward after the death of chief operating officer Ryan Thorpe. Tharaldson urges people to check in on others but said there was no warning at work that would have predicted the tragedy of Thorpe's death by suicide.
Rural Americans, who die by suicide at a far higher rate than residents of urban areas, often have trouble accessing mental health services. While 988 can connect them to a call center close to home, they could end up being directed to far-away resources.

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic pulses to activate parts of the brain that are underused in people with depressive symptoms. TMS is especially effective for medication-resistant depression.
With the stigma around mental illness, and PTSD in particular, promoting stereotypes that depict people with PTSD as dangerous, unpredictable, incompetent or to blame for their illness has led many to avoid mental health services. With the increasing incidence of suicide and suicide attempts among returning veterans, concerns about depression prompted veteran Christopher Deery to disregard the stigma and seek a mental health assessment.
Testimony was given before the North Dakota Legislature’s Acute Psychiatric Treatment Committee, which will draft proposals for addressing the state’s acknowledged crisis in mental health care.

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After recently losing his teenage son, a grieving dad faces his first Father's Day. It's a reminder that we need to be there for parents who have lost children — and be grateful for our own families as well, columnist Tammy Swift says.
The open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, will give supporters and members of the public a chance to check out Together's new office space at 6046 14th St. S.
Delores Alleckson, a nurse practitioner at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes, often sees people with a variety of mood disorders. Alleckson said some disorders require medications, while others can be addressed with dietary changes, or a combination of both.

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