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It's Mental Health Week, and we're kicking off a special weeklong series on Northland Morning called "Change Your Mind: Living with Mental Illness." TXT4LIFE started right here in the Northland in 2011.No matter who you are, if you need someone to talk to, text “Life” to 61222. A trained counselor will respond to your text. Find out more about TXT4LIFE at txt4life.orgMonday, 10/5 | 8amMary McClernon is here to talk about family and social supportTuesday, 10/6 | 8amDavid Lee talks about The Birch Tree Center and crisis support - how new options for treatment serve both the patient and the community betterWednesday, 10/7 | 8amRick Gertsema talks about DBT, a kind of therapy designed to help people with mental illness increase their coping skills, identify emotional triggers and change unhelpful behavior patterns. And it might work for you, too!Thursday, 10/8 | 8amStreet Outreach worker Deb Holman talks about the Catch-22 of discharge planning - how mentally ill people can insist they be discharged from the hospital even if they have nowhere to go or no one to help them.Friday, 10/9 | 8amJackie Buffington-Vollum talks about the work she does training the Duluth Police Department and others to safely de-escalate a mental health crisis and connect people with mental health resources instead of jail.The Mental Health Week on KUMD was made possible in part by the Human Development Center, Miller-Dwan Foundation and the St. Luke’s Foundation.

Hearing voices: more opportunities for people with mental illness to speak up and be heard

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

A man who said he was suicidal and had a gun drew an armed response from police New Year's Day, the same day a man who had refused help from homeless advocates had to be rescued when he'd become trapped in a ravine where he was living.

How does a society help someone who doesn't want help?  Can you respect someone's free will and still avert a crisis situation?

It turns out, there's been a lot of progress on that front already here in the Twin Ports. And the solution - once someone tells you about it - seems utterly obvious.

For more information about the In Our Own Voice presentation, email NAMI-Douglas County here.

More information about:

NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness,

NAMI-Douglas County,

NAMI - Duluth area

and where you can find a chapter of NAMI near you

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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