Mental Health and Addiction

Suicide and drugs reasons for life expectancy drop

WCCO Radio, Nov. 29, 2018] For the third year in a row, the life expectancy of Americans has gone done. Two of the big reasons are drug overdose deaths and suicide. Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist Dr. Roger Laroche talked to WCCO Radio about these two major causes of death and how they can […]

In wake of fatal crash, experts explain dangers of ‘huffing’

[KARE 11, Nov. 5, 2018] The driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed three Girl Scouts and one of their mothers on a Wisconsin highway is accused of huffing before the crash. But what is huffing, exactly? “Huffing is similar to being intoxicated with alcohol,” said Dr. David Frenz, an Allina Health addiction […]

Some schools dropping Halloween celebrations

[MPR News, Oct. 29, 2018] Traditional school Halloween celebrations are going away in favor of more educational activities in some schools and that’s not sitting well with some parents. In one school, an E-STEM day — that’s environmental education, science, technology, engineering and math, is taking its place. Allina Health child and teen psychologist Dr. […]

Help for people struggling with gambling addictions

[KARE 11, Oct. 25, 2018] It’s estimated more than five million Americans battle gambling addiction, and experts say many of them started by betting on sports or fantasy leagues. There’s also a growing body of evidence that people are becoming addicted to fantasy sports sites even though those sites aren’t technically regulated as online betting […]

Alcohol responsible one in 20 deaths

[KARE 11, Sept. 28, 2018] Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years. According to the WHO data, approximately 7.2 percent of premature deaths worldwide are linked to alcohol, and as well […]

Students learn to “chill” at River Falls High School

[River Falls Journal, Sept. 21, 2018] River Falls High School is one of nine area high schools chosen to be part of Allina’s new “Change to Chill” school partnership. The Change to Chill partnership is meant to support school-wide efforts to create a culture of mental wellbeing for students and staff. “When teens have the […]

Chill Week helps Coon Rapids teens stress less

[CCX Media, September 14, 2018] High school can be a stress minefield. From sports, homework and activities… to the ever-present cellphones and social media, it’s not a huge shock that teens are stressed. “Unfortunately, it is a growing problem,” says Susan Nygaard, a Community Health Improvement Manager with Allina Health. Nygaard says Allina Health conducts […]

New program aims to help high school students manage stress

[KSTP-TV, September 12, 2018] A new Allina Health program is helping students in Minnesota and Wisconsin manage their stress. It’s called Change To Chill and this year Allina Health selected nine high schools to participate. One of those schools is Hopkins High School. “It’s really nice that we have this opportunity,” said Nimo Gelle, a […]

The safety of vaping VS smoking

[WCCO Radio, September, 12, 2018] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s declaration that youth vaping has become an epidemic has reignited the debate about whether vaping is safer than cigarette smoking. Allina Health tobacco intervention coordinator Karina DiLuzio laid out the facts about vaping versus smoking with WCCO Radio.

Allina Health’s Change to Chill partners with Cambridge-Isanti High School

[Isanti County News, September 12, 2018] Allina Health’s teen mental well-being program, Change to Chill, is partnering with a select group of area high schools that will receive hands-on support from Allina Health to implement Change to Chill. The partnership will foster school-wide efforts toward creating and nurturing a culture of mental well-being among students […]