Mental Health and Addiction

New Allina Health 911 dispatcher training puts emphasis on mental health

[KMSP Fox 9, April 17, 2019] A first of its kind in Minnesota mental health training program for 911 dispatchers is trying to bring a more holistic approach to de-escalating people in crisis. Allina Health Emergency Medical Services is the first in the state to have all their employees certified. Traditional training for most 911 […]

FDA approves new postpartum depression drug

[KARE 11, March 20, 2019] It is the first drug approved by the FDA specifically for postpartum depression. Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso, the medical director of psychiatry at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, says this new drug could be a game changer. She is also a psychiatrist who specializes in postpartum depression at Allina Health’s Mother Baby Center. […]

Allina Health’s Change to Chill program continues to fights teen stress, mental health issues

Allina Health’s Change to Chill program continues to fights teen stress, mental health issues

[Sun Focus, March 15, 2019] Change to Chill, Allina Health’s award-winning mental well-being program, recently offered free training sessions to share the program’s techniques more widely. Change to Chill works as a guide to help teens become more aware of the things that stress them out, and equip them with tools and resources to better […]

Allina Health explores new care for Alzheimer’s patients

[KARE 11, March 14, 2019] A recent study shows a startling disconnect between seniors and primary care doctors when it comes to memory issues. And already, leaders at one local health care system, Allina Health, say they’re launching a new care model to deal with the problem. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease […]

Record snow weighing on sufferers of snow anxiety

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20, 2019] With a record February snowfall on the books, it’s likely you’ve experienced your fair share of snow fatigue. The ongoing snow, however, has been more unsettling for others. Laura Barnum of Oakdale says she suffers from snow anxiety. Whether it’s knowing you have to shovel or snowblow your driveway […]

Why we love, hate winter

[KARE 11, Feb. 11, 2019] As Minnesotans we tend to embrace winter and love snow. But it can really wear on us during times like these, when it’s one snow after another. And there’s a reason you might feel that way, as Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel explained to KARE 11 News.

Why moms need to move self care to top of to do list

[KARE 11, Feb. 4, 2019] It’s no secret that raising kids can be tough and tiring and a new study shows, it’s taking an unhealthy toll on mothers’ mental health. Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso is a psychiatrist with The Mother Baby Center at Allina Health and she’s talked with KARE 11 News about why gender roles […]

Setting resolutions that stick beyond the new year

[KARE 11, Jan. 23, 2019] If you’re like the nearly 80-percent of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, experts say you’ve either already quit or are second-guessing your goals. Dr. Roger Laroche is an addiction specialist and psychiatrist with Allina Health. He sheds some light on why so many of us fall into the trap […]

Is it just shopping or is shopping addiction?

[KARE 11, Dec. 20, 2018] ‘Tis the season for shopping! But for many, this time of year can trigger an urge to splurge — and, for others, it can turn into a serious shopping addiction. Dr. Roger Laroche is an Allina Health addiction and mental health specialist, and he talked with KARE 11 about what […]

Cambridge Medical Center’s expanded mental health and addiction services receives state license

[Isanti County News, Dec. 19, 2018] The integrated and expanded mental health and addiction services at Cambridge Medical Center, part of Allina Health, has been formally licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Service. The expanded services mean community members experiencing addiction and mental health conditions can get more of their needs met in one […]