Mental Health and Addiction

How to make Mother’s Day special amid the pandemic

[WCCO-TV, May 7, 2020] This Mother’s Day will be like no other. No big family gatherings or dinners out. And on top of that, the extra pressures of having kids at home makes it extra challenging for moms. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso about how to make mom feel special this year.

Tips for navigating mental health in quarantine

[WCCO-TV, April 25, 2020] There’s no question that dealing with the stresses of the COVID-19 quarantine are taking a toll on everybody. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal talked with WCCO News about the best ways to handle that stress.

Dealing with grief in the COVID era

[MPR News, April 14, 2020] When we think about grief we often associate it with the loss of a loved one. But grief can factor into all kinds of situations, and now in the COVID-19 era, it can even be with the loss of what used to be our normal way of life. Allina Health […]

Advice to make staying at home more tolerable

[KMSP Fox 9, April, 1, 2020] As the days mount with the stay-at-home directive, tensions in the house may mount. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel talked with Fox 9 News about how to make that time more bearable.

Families figuring out coping techniques during social distancing

[KARE 11, March, 20, 2020] Hunkering down at home – the idea of more family time seems pretty great. But in reality, all of this togetherness – while staying apart from everyone else – is going to be hard. Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal, Allina Health’s Medical Director Child and Adolescent Psychiatry talked with KARE 11 […]

Blood donations needed now

[KSTP-TV March, 19, 2020] At Abbott Northwestern blood bank, the work never stops, especially during a public health emergency. Red blood cells donated a couple of weeks ago are still being used. Typically, red blood cells last three to six weeks in storage. But platelets only last a few days. “They are necessary to sustain […]

Stuck at home takes a toll on mental health

[KARE 11, March 19, 2020] Social distancing, school and work places closing, spending more time at home are all creating new stress. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel talked to KARE 11 about how to manage those stresses.

Talking to kids about COVID-19

[KSTP-TV, March 19, 2020] Adults aren’t the only ones worried about the COVID-19 outbreak. Kids are, too. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel talked with KSTP News about how to talk to kids about it.

Talking to kids about COVID-19

[KMSP Fox 9, March 18, 2020] The coronavirus threat has people confined to their homes, businesses closing and there’s no school. Families are dealing with a new normal and kids surely have questions.  Dr. Cheryl Bemel, a psychologist with Allina Health, offers some tips on how to talk to your children about COVID 19.

Allina Health psychologist offers tips to calm COVID-19 anxiety

[KARE 11, March 11, 2020] The number of confirmed cases in the U-S is now above 1,000. That growing number is making a lot of people nervous. So what can you do to deal with that anxiety? Psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel with Allina Health says worry is the thief of joy and a set up […]