Mental Health and Addiction

Tools for teens and young adults navigating mental health

[MPR News, May 15, 2019] This week, Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith spoke publicly for the first time about living with depression. Her initial experience of it came when she was a teenager. Smith’s story highlights the growing need for more mental health support in schools. One in five teenagers and young adults lives with a […]

New drug promises help for women suffering from postpartum depression

[MPR News, May 8, 2019] Next month, the first and only FDA-approved treatment for postpartum depression will hit the market in the U.S. It’s needed. Up to 1 in 7 women experiences depression after her baby’s birth — making it one of the most common complications of pregnancy. The drug offers almost immediate relief. Some […]

Approximately 100 local officials, psychotherapists, county social workers, community members and staff turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house held at Cambridge Medical Center April 23, celebrating two new mental health programs: a new adult partial hospitalization program and an adult mental health outpatient program.

Allina Health’s Cambridge Medical Center expands mental health facility

[County News Review, May 6, 2019] Approximately 100 local officials, psychotherapists, county social workers, community members and staff turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house held at Cambridge Medical Center April 23, celebrating two new mental health programs: a new adult partial hospitalization program and an adult mental health outpatient program. The two […]

Northfield High selected for Allina Health program combatting student anxiety

[Northfield News, April 26,2019] According to a Pew Research Center survey, 70 percent of teenagers say anxiety and depression are major problems among their peers. Northfield High School has been selected as one of 16 high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin to participate in Change to Chill, an Allina Health program to combat student anxiety. […]

Cambridge Medical Center held an open house and ribbon cutting April 23 to showcase two new mental health services: an Adult Partial Hospitalization program and Adult Mental Health Outpatient program – the first programs of their type available in the area outside the Twin Cities. The services allow adults to get intensive treatment while staying at home, not in the hospital. On hand were hospital staff, city officials and members of North 65 Chamber.

Allina Health’s Cambridge Medical Center offers new mental health services

[Isanti-Chisago County Star, April 25, 2019]

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 […]