Mental Health

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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.

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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
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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. 

Jackie Hendry

The rates for both suicide deaths and drug overdoses are highest in rural America, and those statistics continue to rise in South Dakota. On Thursday in Sioux Falls, Avera Health and the Department of Justice held a conference to help community members respond to the ongoing crisis. 

This is the fifth year that Avera and the DOJ have partnered for a conference on a particular topic. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says this year’s theme suggested itself.

Addiction Care

Aug 10, 2018
Adria Botella

Malia Holbeck is Manager of Addiction Recovery Program with Avera Outpatient Behavioral Health Services. She will discuss Addiction Care.

Substance addiction often is a secondary issue to a mental health condition like depression.

Practitioners call it co-occurring disorders. Avera is expanding its services through tele-health and also building a new Addiction Care Center in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... August 9, 2018 Show 397 Hour 2 

Suicide rates continue to rise throughout the country, and here in South Dakota. How can we help our neighbors--and ourselves--as many begin to consider the state to be in a mental health crisis.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry joins In The Moment host Lori Walsh to discuss the most recent numbers, and how two communities are responding to the growing need.

Susan Hanson

In The Moment ... August 6, 2018 Show 394 Hour 1

South Dakota has the highest suicide rate in the Midwest. We rank 9th nationwide.

In the quest to understand this and to work toward changing it, the USD Center for Brain and Behavior Research is holding a public forum on Suicide Prevention, Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. CST at the USD Health Science Center.

Dr. Lee Baugh, associate director of the Center for Brain and Behavior Research, joined In The Moment with a preview of the event. 

Rural Mental Health

Jul 26, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 26, 2018 Show 387 Hour 1

The pressures on farmers, ranchers and rural Americans continues to rise. As the South Dakota lawmakers study state mental health resources, today we're looking at the roe of a rural mental health task force.

Margie Neugebauer is a counselor in Hermosa, SD with decades of experience in rural mental health

Dr. Andrea Bjornestad is assistant professor in the department of Counseling & Human Development at South Dakota State University and an Extension Mental Health Specialist.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 3, 2018 Show 371 Hour 2

The South Dakota State Legislature is conducting a summer study that includes a review of South Dakota's mental health services. State Senator Deb Soholt, representing District 14, joined In The Moment with an update on the study.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... June 20, 2018 Show 362 Hour 2

Chuck Parkinson joins the show with a preview of this month's Where Do We Go From Here. The topic is Getting proactive on mental health in western South Dakota -- new ideas and next steps.

From the Black Hills Studio is Chuck Parkinson and Dr. Stephen Manlove - with the Manlove Psychiatric Group.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 5, 2018 Show 351 Hour 1

If you know someone with a serious mental illness, odds are you know someone who is slipping through the cracks when it comes to standard American health care and chronic disease.  A recent report in the New York Times indicates those with serious mental illness die 15-30 years younger than those without.

It's a startling statistic with complicated contributing factors.  South Dakota healthcare providers are facing the challenge with innovations in screening and treatment.

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In The Moment ... May 23, 2018 Show 343 Hour 2

From high-expectation play-dates to AP exams, kids are excelling at an unprecedented rate. Which means some kids are falling behind. And lots of parents are worried.

NPR is taking a look at #HowToRaiseAHuman. We bring the conversation home to South Daktoa today by talking about "The Perils of Pushing Too Hard" with Larry Ling. He's a clinical social worker with Avera Health.

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