Mental Health

Avera Behavioral Health

In The Moment … January 4th, 2021 Show 965 Hour 1

Managing COVID Stress: Mindfulness & Yoga

Nov 16, 2020

In The Moment … November 16, 2020 Show 942 Hour 2

Yoga and mindfulness can be fanstastic way to mitigate stress during these trying times. Karen Buxcel is Founder and Teacher at Sol Yoga Collective and joins us with insights into how we can practice these techniques from the comfort of our homes.


In The Moment … July 30, 2020 Show 870 Hour 1

Meet the Candidates: Tina Mulally

Jul 21, 2020

In The Moment … July 21, 2020 Show 863 Hour 1

Republican Tina Mulally of Rapid City is running for re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 35 where she is a small business owner. Last month, Mulally was assigned to the committee for the Mental Health of First Responders Task Force. It's one of the things she'd like to talk about as we meet candidate Tina Mulally. 


Karl Oehlke

Editorial Note: The audio and article copy has been updated to reflect a correction to a mistake made during editing by the journalist.

Practices used to manage the land can actually have a positive impact on farmers and ranchers’ mental health. This is according to a survey conducted by South Dakota State University for South Dakota Soil Health Coalition. SDPB’s Lura Roti explains.

Although Mt. Vernon farmer, Paul Hetland didn’t take the survey, its results don’t surprise him. 

Farmers & Producers In Crisis

Jun 9, 2020

In The Moment … June 9, 2020 Show 834 Hour 2

The disruption in the supply food chain has been an issue for South Dakota producers, particularly pork producers. The physical and emotional stress placed on these individuals is real.  Joining us today is Karl Oehlke, he's a physician assistant with Avera Medical Group/University Psychiatry Associates. He's also a 3rd generation farmer.  

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Keeping Up With Your Mental Health

Apr 15, 2020

In The Moment ... April 13, 2020 Show 794 Hour 1

Anxiety levels are high due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-care is extremely important as coping with new ways of doing things isn't always easy. Dr. Emilia Flint, associate professor of psychology at Black Hills State University is with us today with tips on how to go about this "new" way of living.  

Mental Health Pandemic

Apr 8, 2020

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 1

As America faces the coronavirus pandemic, many also warn of a mental health pandemic. As South Dakotans face the intense disruption of their lives, they also face isolation and anxiety. Dr. Matt Stanley is a psychiatrist with Avera Health. He is the clinical Vice President of the Behavioral Health Services Line. He joining us to talk about how people with ongoing needs are still engaged in mental health care and services and how people seeking help for the first time are being served. 


LIGHT: Caring For Mental Health Pros

Apr 7, 2020

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 1

During this pandemic, who is taking care of the mental health needs of both providers and staff? Maybe the real question is how are they taken care of? Dr. Clarissa Barnes is in Internal Medicine and is a Hospitalist with Avera. She also serves as the Medical Director of LIGHT. This program offers all Avera physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners free wellness resources. 

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Fighting The Stress Of COVID-19 News

Mar 23, 2020
Poynter Institute

In The Moment ... March 23, 2020 Show 779 Hour 2

Doctors and first responders are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Journalists are also on those front lines, saturated in news coverage. As the coronavirus story unfolds, that saturation includes a fast-paced cycle of breaking news, uncertainty, and fact-checking. 

Small Business Struggles: Melissa Johnson

Mar 23, 2020

In The Moment ... March 23, 2020 Show 779 Hour 1

Even if you haven't gotten sick or been tested for coronavirus, the pandemic is impacting your life -- your business, your job, your social life, your mental health. 

Today we talk with small business owners about how things have changed, and changed quickly. 

Melissa Johnson is the owner of Oh My Cupcakes in Sioux Falls. She often joins us on Mondays for a talk about mindset. Today we look at how work is being challenged in the time of COVID-19.

Mental Health & COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020

In The Moment ... March 17, 2020 Show 775 Hour 1

Bills from the Reduce the Overall Use of Acute Mental Health Hospitalizations task force are moving through the legislature with widespread support. The Senate Health and Human Services committee has passed three related bills unanimously within the past week.

Senate Bill 4 allows the Department of Social Services to designate regional facilities that can admit people in a mental health crisis situation—as opposed to spending a night in jail. Senate Bill 5 extends civil liability immunity for qualified mental health professionals in those facilities.

House Bill 1057 & Transgender Healthcare

Jan 28, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 28, 2020 Show 742 Hour 1

House Bill 1057 seeks to criminalize gender-affirming clinical care in South Dakota. As the bill makes its way through the South Dakota legislature, Republican leader Lee Qualm told the New York Times that he is hearing from voters who have different opinions about the bill. The bill is scheduled for debate in the House tomorrow. 

Telehealth and Mental Health: Two Bills Move Forward

Jan 27, 2020

Two bills related to use of telemedicine in mental health crisis situations are moving forward in the state legislature.

Senate Bill 1 allows for real-time video conferencing with a qualified mental health professional to assess a person’s status in the event of an emergency. House Bill 1005 removes the need for the healthcare professional to have a prior relationship with the patient, thereby allowing emergency assessments.

Arts & Lifestyle: Nov 16 - 22

Nov 22, 2019

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

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.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019

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.

  Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

In the Moment News: June 24-30

Jun 28, 2019

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.

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.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

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.

SDPB File Photo

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.