We hear a Spearfish man's story of crisis and recovery.

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt and Chynna Lockett report on efforts to train professionals and volunteers in responding to people in crisis.

Plus, we talk with Rev. Christy Hallenbeck Ask about the BeFriender Ministry and efforts within faith communities to develop lay ministry skills.

When people are sad, lonely, stressed, or even facing a full-scale mental health crisis, they are often told "It Gets Better." In a state with limited access to mental health resources, what do we do Before It Gets Better?

This hour we welcome reports from SDPB's Lee Strubinger, Jackie Hendry, and Cara Hetland.

We also welcome insight from Dr. Stephen Manlove, Manlove Psychaitric Group, Rapid City, and Amber Reints, a psyciatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Adria Botella

Pastor Christy Hallenbeck Ask joins the program to talk about a new training resource for faith congregations called BeFriender Ministry, as we look at ways South Dakotans are reaching out to one another.

Thune Voted As Majority Whip In Senate

Nov 15, 2018
John Thune

South Dakota US Senator John Thune is the majority whip in the Senate. That position is the second most senior position in Senate Republican leadership.

Thune ran unopposed for the position. He says serving South Dakotans will remain a top priority.

Senator Thune will serve as the caucus’s whip for the 116th congress, which begins in January.

Thune says despite his new position next year, he will continue to work for South Dakota. In doing that, he says he will maintain spots on committees that are important to the state.

USS South Dakota

High school and college football teams around South Dakota are honoring the newly constructed USS South Dakota submarine.

This past weekend, all fourteen teams playing at the State High School Football Championships wore the official crest decal of the vessel on the back of their football helmets. And this coming weekend, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota will do the same when they clash on the gridiron in Brookings.

People who face mental health challenges can struggle with a range of conditions and symptoms. Thoughts of suicide can be a factor for some, regardless of age, race or profession. The Front Porch Coalition in Rapid City trains people and organizations on how to help prevent suicide and recognize when people are suffering a mental health crisis.

The University of South Dakota has established a Center for Genetics and Behavioral Health. The center received a $3.4 million grant from the Governor’s Research Center Program over five years to study genetic and environmental influences that interact with other biological, psychological, and behavioral factors to impact post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Researchers will take a holistic approach to be able to determine if someone exposed to a traumatic event can develop severe PTSD. 

"If only the brain was less complicated than it is it would be easier to figure it out."

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... November 14, 2018 Show 460 Hour 2

Chuck Parkinson is the host of the webcast, Where Do We Go From Here. The topic today is At Risk, Or In Transistion? Understanding and Cultivating Mental Wellness in Teens.

He's joined today by Dr. Justine Ashokar, director of Clinical Services, The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, Black Hills.

When you are in the middle of a mental health crisis, you don't have months to wait for help. Sometimes you don't even have hours. Aaron Morlock shares his story of seeking emergency help, being placed in handcuffs for transport to the hospital, and eventually finding the assistance he needed to live a healthy, asymptomatic life. 


In The Moment ... November 14, 2018 Show 460 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek is with us once again and today we talk high school volleyball. Mount Vernon/Plankinton coach Darcy Deinert gets her 400th win and the state tournament is about to begin.


Thursday's In the Moment: a two-hour look at access to mental health services in the state featuring reports from SDPB reporters. Join us for "Before It Gets Better."

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