Mental Health and Addiction

CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands

[KARE 11, Jan. 17, 2018] CVS Health Monday said it will ban photo manipulation in its store-brand makeup marketing and promotional displays, a move that acknowledges growing awareness of the harmful nature of touched-up images. Allina Health psychiatrist, Dr. Michael O’Sullivan, talked with KARE 11 News about how unrealistically beautiful touched-up images can affect our […]

Expert: Video game addiction is real

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 9, 2018] Many of us, kids and adults, spend lots of time with our computers and phones playing video games. But can it become an addiction? Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist, Dr. Roger Laroche says it truly can be an addiction and there’s research to back that up.

Life Time Fitness removes cable news from gym TVs

[KARE 11, Jan. 4, 2017] Life Time Fitness is turning off cable news channels on TVs in their fitness centers saying that want to lessen the impact of consistently negative or politically charged content on its patrons. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Michael O’Sullivan says that kind of content can negatively impact some people.

How to deal with addiction, mental illness during the holidays

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 23, 2017] The holidays are a time of joy, but can also be a difficult time for people dealing with addiction or mental illness. Dr. Roger Laroche, an addiction and mental health specialist with Allina Health, says both biological and personal issues during the holiday seasons can impact addiction and mental illness. Laroche […]

Postpartum depression in men

[KARE 11, Nov. 27, 2017] New moms may not be the only ones at risk of getting the “baby blues.” According to a new study out of Sweden, 7-10 percent of new dads report feeling postpartum depression symptoms, too. Tina Welke, a therapist at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota, stopped […]

Christmas music — love it or hate it

[KARE 11, Nov. 9, 2017] A new study shows that for some of us, Christmas music can be pretty annoying, particularly if you work in retail. KARE 11 talked to Allina Health Clinic psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel about why that is.

Allina psychologist speaks on reacting to mass shootings

[WCCO-TV, November, 5, 2017] The shocking story of the shooting that killed dozens of people in a Texas church quickly overtook the airwaves on television and the internet Sunday. Dr. Daniel Kessler learned of it on the radio. “Just you know feeling sad and angry and frustrated and wanting to do something but knowing that […]

Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

Minnesota experts welcome Trump’s declaration but hope it brings additional funds

[Star Tribune, October 27, 2017] Addiction and public health authorities in Minnesota welcomed President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on Thursday, saying they hope it will reduce stigma and promote treatment in a state where overdose deaths have soared in recent years. “Individuals struggling with addiction had been [treated as] the stepchild of the family,” said […]

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Scene + Heard: Having a ball at Abbott Northwestern’s Medicine Ball

[Star Tribune, October 19, 2017] An elegantly lit banquet room at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis set the stage for the 2017 Medicine Ball. The annual fundraiser for the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of people suffering with mental health challenges and addiction. The event was expected to raise upward […]

Abbott Northwestern Medicine Ball raises record $1.1 million

[KSTP-TV, September 23, 2017] More than 925 people filled the ballroom at the Minneapolis Hilton for the Starry Night gala to support mental health and addiction programs at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Meteorologist Ken Barlow was the evening’s emcee, and KSTP-TV was there.