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"You can't open up to somebody if you think it's going to cost you your job"


When you think about mental health and police work, it's hard not to let your imagination flash back to the books, movies and TV shows that portray tough-guy (and gal) officers refusing to see a departmental counselor after some traumatic event.

Duluth's Dr. Heather Rose-Carlson laughs when she describes the counselor, usually depicted running down a hall after the fleeing police officer.

"Psychology hasn't helped that image, either," she says, referring mental health providers sometimes charged with evaluating an officer's "fitness for duty." So when she worked to implement the PeerConnect program for the Duluth Police Department. one of the things she made sure those evaluations were not part of her work.

It's part of what she decribes as trying to create "a culture of connection" to help police maintain better mental health.

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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