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MENTAL HEALTH

After recently losing his teenage son, a grieving dad faces his first Father's Day. It's a reminder that we need to be there for parents who have lost children — and be grateful for our own families as well, columnist Tammy Swift says.
Delores Alleckson, a nurse practitioner at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes, often sees people with a variety of mood disorders. Alleckson said some disorders require medications, while others can be addressed with dietary changes, or a combination of both.
The key is to continually remind children and teens that they are cared for, and to help them get back into the structure and familiar activities that give them a feeling of accomplishment. That's the advice of two experts from Mayo Clinic.
The House DFL-led proposal would use the state’s historic $9.25 billion budget surplus to boost education funding by $3.3 billion into 2025. The Senate proposal does not call for significant new spending and instead would push to boost reading proficiency scores.

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The Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association's sponsored Therapy Dog Training recently announced the program's newest graduates.
Emergency department visits for teenage girls dealing with eating disorders doubled nationwide during the pandemic, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet treatment options are sparse, particularly in rural states.
The overwork and staffing shortages of the pandemic have affected veterinarians as much as other doctors and nurses, and dealing with the constant moral dilemmas and emotional output was driving many to burn out even before 2020. The mean salary for vets is about $110,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half that of physicians catering to people.
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Ketamine North Infusion Center in Duluth has administered about 5,000 infusions of ketamine since it opened in 2019. There are six clinics in Minnesota dedicated to ketamine infusions; North Dakota has two ketamine clinics in Fargo.
Large randomized trial found outreach via electronic messaging was no better and sometimes worse than usual care.
The death by suicide of the charismatic Anthony Bourdain, a celebrity chef who openly struggled with addiction and mental illness, resonated with many restaurant workers. Then came the pandemic, which helped relaunch tough conversations about the psychological impacts of restaurant jobs. A Denver company with 10 restaurants had a revelation: Let’s hire a full-time mental health clinician.

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Vawnita Best of Watford City, North Dakota, has struggled with depression and spent time in emergency and in-patient care to find wellness upon returning to her cattle and horse ranch.
The Bemidji Early Childhood Collaborative is partnering with local organizations and businesses to raise awareness and provide support for parents experiencing postpartum depression.
North Dakota is slightly above the national average in the number of people taking mental health prescriptions, and has seen a sharp rise during the pandemic. Minnesota and South Dakota are closely behind North Dakota.

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