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MENTAL HEALTH

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‘If we eliminate the shame and stigma of the disease of addiction, more people will seek help,” said Gov. Doug Burgum
Speakers, other programming will highlight knowledge, innovative ideas to inspire hope and encouragement for those affected by the disease
Kathryn Burgum spoke on the Office of Recovery Reinvented, created in 2017, and its mission to eliminate shame and stigma of addiction. Burgum gave an emotional presentation to the packed auditorium on her own struggle with alcohol addiction that spanned 20 years before she found recovery.
A planned weekend away to a country music concert gave Katie Pinke a reminder of support for mental health after seeing and hearing Wynonna Judd on stage who lost her mother and singing partner Naomi Judd to mental illness this year.
Becky Kopp Dunham, co-owner of Together Counseling and its “Farm to Farm Services,” talks about pressures from uncertainties coming to bear on North Dakota farm and ranch families. Sean Brotherson, a North Dakota State University Extension family specialist, describes the multi-state grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that can help farmers under stress.

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A consultant's report to close behavioral service gaps in North Dakota recommends that rural hospitals be able to assess, stabilize and transfer unstable psychiatric patients. But hospital representatives say they face significant challenges.
For people experiencing a mental health crisis, calling 988 can be a lifesaving decision. But what happens after they call depends on where they are. The new 988 system launched in mid-July, and one early estimate said calls went up 45% nationally during the first week.
Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Dickinson are highlighting suicide prevention efforts with an Out of the Darkness Community Walk this Saturday.

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