Mental Health and Addiction

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 […]

Back to school anxiety

[KMSP Fox 9, September 4, 2018] A new school year means new worries for students — and some are already struggling to cope with the stress. It’s normal for students to feel nervous about starting school, but if your child is unable to get into a routine and overcome that anxiety, it could become a […]

Did gaming addiction play a role in Jacksonville gaming tournament shooting

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 27, 2018] Investigators are still learning more about the man who killed two and wounded several more at a Jacksonville gaming tournament Sunday. Video gaming addiction has been recognized as a legitimate mental health issue and that is being considered as a possible influence on the shooter. Allina Health addiction specialist and psychiatrist […]

Allina Health’s efforts to eliminate stigma around mental health and addiction begin internally

[American Hospital Association, Aug. 22, 2018] Inspired by a friend struggling to get their child in crisis access to services, Allina Health President and CEO Penny Wheeler, M.D., recognized there often is a gap between the care medical professionals aspire to provide and what actually is delivered. With her support an internally-focused, anti-stigma initiative was […]

Deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame

[WCCO Radio, July 26, 2018] Deaths from liver disease have risen sharply in the U.S., and doctors say the biggest factor is drinking —especially among young adults. A study published recently found a 65 percent increase in deaths from cirrhosis of the liver since 1999. The biggest increase is among millennials: the team found that […]