Mental Health

Arts & Lifestyle: Nov 16 - 22

Nov 22, 2019
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United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says America has a broken heart, and poetry can help heal it. Part of that healing is the acknowledgement of generations of Native American poetic voices. We talk with Harjo ahead of her visit to South Dakota — just one of many arts interviews featured this week on the live broadcast of “In the Moment.” We’ve pulled together some arts highlights for the week. Here’s what you can explore on this week’s “In the Moment: Arts” podcast. 

Chris Laughery

In America today, the largest mental health service providers are often county jails. The South Dakota State Legislature has focused efforts to study access to mental health services in the state this summer. Committees are set to provide recommendations before the 2020 legislative session.  The challenges in South Dakota are not unique. Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg's 2019 book called "Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America's Mental Health Crisis" gives readers an inside look at the expansive social crisis that is mental health in America.  Dr.

SDSU Extension

In The Moment ... September 11, 2019 Show 656 Hour 1

The South Dakota Farm & Ranch Stress Summit provides mental health training and suicide prevention while offering tools for counselors, agri-businesspeople, and community members on how to recognize and aid those in the ag community who are experiencing chronic stress.

The Summit takes place on September 23-25 at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort & Conference Center in Oacoma. Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor and Extension Range State Specialist with South Dakota State University, provides details.

Mindfulness Through Writing

Sep 10, 2019
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In The Moment ... September 10, 2019 Show 655 Hour 1

An adjunct instructor in counseling and psychological education at the University of South Dakota, Kaiya Asorge has always loved to write.

This Saturday from 1:00 t0 3:00 p.m., Ansorge will introduce people to the practice of mindfulness through writing at the Prairie West Branch Library in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Community Foundation

The Farm and Rural Stress Hotline through Avera Health launched in January and is now averaging up to three calls a day. The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to support the on Wednesday.

Ginger Niemann is the senior program officer with the South Dakota Community Foundation. She says the foundation was eager to support the hotline because it serves farmers and ranchers across the state who are facing a long period of difficulties that can impact mental health.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... July 23, 2019 Show 621 Hour 2

The South Dakota Legislature is developing a clearer picture of access to mental health services in the state with the goal of improving that access and helping South Dakotans find those services closer to home.

State Representative Erin Healy serves as co-chair of the Task Force to Reduce the Overall Use of Acute Mental Health Hospitalizations.

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In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019
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Representative Jean Hunhoff discusses the mental health task force she chairs. State Representative Nancy Rasmussen explains the Special Education Interim Study Committee. Representative Lee Qualm and Representative Oren Lesmeister talk industrial hemp. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum’s announcement to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Political Junky Jon Hunter discuss this week in South Dakota politics. 

Susan Hanson

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 1

The South Dakota Legislature is studying access to mental health services this summer through the work of five task forces. State Representative Jean Hunhoff chairs a committee looking at nursing home criteria in South Daktoa. The group holds their first meeting on July 17.

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In the Moment News: June 24-30

Jun 28, 2019
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South Dakota state representative Tim Reed explains the five interim task forces that will focus on mental health. South Dakota House Speaker Steve Haugaard and State Senator Reynold Nesiba discuss the implications of marijuana legalization and the opioid crisis on the Northern Plains. Linda Turner goes over this year's Special Education Report. Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jonathan Ellis talk about "Removing the Stain" of the Wounded Knee Massacre, among other news. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports on the hearing of death row inmate Charles Rhines.

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In The Moment ... June 25, 2019 Show 603 Hour 1

This summer, 60 legislators and non-legislators have been appointed to serve on five interim task forces that will focus on mental health issues in South Dakota.

Representative Tim Reed is from District 7. He's the chair of the Increase Community Relations and Caregiver Supports Task Force. The first meeting is July 19.

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Avera Health

It’s been a tough spring for the state’s farmers and ranchers.  Wide-spread flooding earlier this year has pushed back planting--and that’s just the most recent challenge for South Dakota’s ag producers. Financial uncertainty can lead to anxiety and depression. But now there’s some help for farmers and ranchers, and those who work closely  with them. 

Walt Bones runs a family farm about 15 miles southwest of Sioux Falls. He grows corn and soybeans and raises cattle. It’s another rainy spring morning when he answers my call from his truck near his fence-line feed bunks.

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The extreme weather systems that caused wide-spread flooding in the state are only the most recent challenge for South Dakota’s ag producers. Financial uncertainty caused by low commodity prices, trade disputes, and delayed planting can contribute to anxiety and depression symptoms. With that risk in mind, some ag bankers are taking it upon themselves to refer clients to mental health resources.

Avera Health

The Farmer’s Stress Hotline is seeing an increase in calls after multiple weather systems impacted the upper Midwest. Avera Behavioral Health began offering the 24-hour service dedicated to farmers and ranchers in January.

Karl Oehlke is a Physician Assistant in psychiatry with Avera in Sioux Falls. He says he’s heard from callers across the region, including an increase from the northeastern corner of Nebraska and parts of Minnesota.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... March 18, 2019 Show 537 Hour 1

"The Value of Assistance Dogs and Their Different Roles" is the topic of Monday's Black Hills State University's Rapid City Speaker Series event.

Carol Salveson, a full-time volunteer trainer for Project Kenny, and Becky Flanagan, founder and trainer for Super Dogs for Super Heroes, preview their talk. 

Jackie Hendry

Suicide is the nation’s second leading cause of death for children. The CDC reports more than 20% of youth experience one or more mental health problems like depression. The Children’s Home Society and Avera Behavioral Health are partnering to publish a new children’s book to help kids—and parents—start conversations about mental wellness. 

In “A New Norm,” readers watch a young boy try to escape the storm cloud that follows him wherever he goes. He eventually focuses on a spark of hope that helps him see all of life’s storms will pass.

https://geneenroth.com/

In The Moment ... January 14, 2019 Show 494 Hour 1

Geneen Roth is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times best-sellers "When Food is Love" and "Women, Food and God." Her latest book is called "This Messy Magnificent Life," now in paperback. She talks with In the Moment host Lori Walsh about getting curious about cravings, the real role of "ghost children" in our lives, and learning to inhabit our own space.

As Farmers Face Stress, New Hotline Offers Help

Jan 9, 2019
Credit Kealey Bultena file photo

Farmers and ranchers deal with high levels of stress, which often leads to anxiety and depression. That’s why Avera Behavioral Health is offering a new 24-hour Farmers’ Stress Hotline dedicated to serving the state’s farmers and ranchers who want help. 

For more than 40 years, Jim Woster visited farms and appraised livestock for the Sioux Falls Stockyards. In that time he got to know plenty of farmers and ranchers, and he understands the way the business can wear on someone’s mental health.

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed nearly 20 local legislators to its annual legislative breakfast Thursday morning. The event gives legislators a chance to brief chamber members on their priorities for the legislative session. It also allows the chamber to pose individualized questions to state lawmakers representing the Sioux Falls area. 

Writing as Meditation: The Benefits of Journaling

Dec 20, 2018
Jackie Hendry

Life can be hectic - and for many people, the holiday season can bring a seemingly endless list of to-dos and deadlines. But what if you could find a little peace by picking up a pen? The health benefits of writing and journaling are gaining more attention in research, but for some people this is nothing new. 

There’s an extensive record collection in the corner of Kaiya Ansorge’s living room. Sometimes, she sifts through the albums to find just the right sound for the day. Today she pulls out “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... December 10, 2018 Show 476 Hour 2

SD Senator Deb Soholt further explains the work of the 2018 Interim Study on access to mental health services in South Dakota.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2018 Show 474 Hour 2

South Dakota Senator Deb Soholt joins us for an update on legislative research and recommendations regarding access to mental health services in the state. We discuss proposed legislation and the work that remains to be done.

Pennington County is the recipient of a nearly $120-thousand grant to study behavioral health needs in western South Dakota.

Officials say the yearlong study is already underway by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

The grant will allow the group and county to collect data, identify needs and offer suggested solutions for West River counties to better address the issue.

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.

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. 

Morning Fill Up: Janet Kittams

Nov 8, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... November 8, 2018 Show 457 Hour 2

Next week, South Dakota Public Broadcasting is offering an in-depth look at mental health services through a feature called "Before It Gets Better."

Janet Kittams was the special guest of the Numad Group's Morning Fill Up at The Garage in Rapid City Thursday. Kittams is president of the Helpline Center in Sioux Falls, the state's largest suicide prevention effort.

Hear the full Moning Fill Up interview on the link below.

Pennington County Sheriff's Office

In The Moment ... November 1, 2018 Show 452 Hour 1

Dr. Belisle, the new clinical psychologist at the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, states that there's plenty his field can offer to officers in the field. 

SDSU

In The Moment ... October 26. 2018 Show 449 Hour 2

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, an estimated 9.5 to 14.2 percent of children from birth to five years old nationwide experience social or emotional difficulties that impair their development. These challenges can be associated with traumatic events.

Staci Born, Assistant Professor at SDSU and licensed play therapist, and Christin Carotta, Assistant Professor of the SDSU Department of Counseling and Human Development, are the recipients of a five-year $2.2 million Substance Abuse Grant.

Jackie Hendry

A recent study shows 65% of the country’s non-metropolitan counties do not have a psychiatrist, and nearly half don’t have a psychologist. As mental health needs continue to rise, telemedicine may offer a solution for rural areas lacking access to those services. On Wednesday, the Helmsley Charitable Trust announced a grant to establish a first-of-its-kind behavioral health service through Avera’s eCARE center in Sioux Falls. 

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