Mental Illness

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... December 6, 2019 Hour 1

This weekend the Barnett Family Singers perform at First Congregational Church in downtown Sioux Falls. Their new release is called, "Angels Among Us: Holiday Music to Fight Mental Illness." All proceeds from the concert and CD sales benefit Children's Home Society.  Three years ago the Christmas CD, "Home for the Holidays," raised money to support Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. Joining us in SDPB Sioux Falls studio to talk about the concert and the CDs, we welcome Jeff and Seth Barnett, along with Tommy and Carol Nesbitt.

Canton's Hiawatha Indian Asylum

Sep 24, 2018
SD State Archives

In The Moment ... September 24. 2018 Show 428 Hour 2

A new exhibit that brings the public closer to the Asylum than the grainy photos found on the internet opened this weekend.

Hiawatha Insane Asylum tells the story of the first and only asylum dedicated to Indians in the United States. Tragically, many of the 350 people housed at the asylum did not suffer mental illness and were incarcerated for arbitrary reasons such as resisting Indian Agents, embracing their own traditional lifestyles, or simply 'misbehaving.'

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.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Judges, attorneys, and law enforcement endorse a bill in South Dakota’s Statehouse that aims to ease mental health problems for people entering the justice system. House Bill 1183 is a measure that changes competency assessments, creates training for people who work in criminal justice, and encourages works that helps people avoid unnecessary arrests or extended time in jail.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

In The Moment ... February 13, 2017 Show 029 Hour 2

South Dakota Republican Party elected Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes has been elected by the South Dakota Republican Party to lead the SDGOP for the next two years. Chair Lederman will begin his term immediately and has called a Special Central Committee Meeting to be held at the end of February to adopt a budget and goals for 2017.

Victoria Wicks file photo

A package of legislation designed to address mental health issues in criminal justice has been presented to the legislature in Pierre. House Bill 1183 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Chief Justice David Gilbertson has led the effort to reduce recidivism and increase services to mentally ill people who often end up in jail.

Officials say the justice system needs to treat people with mental illness differently.

Understanding the misunderstanding between native and non-native cultures is a first step in closing the gap according to the Yankton Sioux Tribal chairman.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he doesn't support liberalizing marijuana laws.

A Senate Committee considers restricting lobbyists from hallways adjacent to the Senate floor.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued new recommendations indicating mental maternal illness is more common than previously thought. The panel suggests all women should be screened for depression and mood disorders during and immediately after pregnancy.

Dr. Rajesh Singh, a psychiatrist with Sanford Health Psychiatry and Psychology Clinic discusses the significance of the new guidelines and the difference appropriate screening can mean for mothers, fathers, and children.

Preventing Suicide

Sep 11, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University

This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause in South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University psychology professor Anne Kelly is conducting research on suicide with the aim of improving prevention efforts and its contributing causes.

Mentally Ill to be Reported to NICS for Gun Sales

Mar 4, 2014

South Dakota is one step closer to reporting people who meet certain mental illness requirements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. NICS is the system gun retailers use to determine if a person is eligible to buy a gun.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oct 3, 2013

According to NAMI Sioux Falls, of South Dakota's approximately 800,000 residents, close to 30,000 adults live with serious mental illness and about 9,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. On Sunday, NAMI Sioux Falls is sponsoring a Candlelight Vigil and 8-Block Candle Light Walk at First Lutheran Church at 12th & Dakota.