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Welcome to Minnesota’s Newest Mental Health First Aid Instructors
​Thousands of Minnesotans are faced with mental health concerns for the first time each year – personally, professionally, or both. Many feel ill-equipped to respond and don’t know where to turn for help. That’s where Mental Health First Aid brings knowledge, resources, and hope to communities. Thanks to leadership and support from the Department of Human Services, Wilder hosted an extensive training that welcomed twenty-eight social service professionals as Minnesota’s newest Mental Health First Aid instructors. What Is Mental Health First Aid? Mental Health First Aid is a training program created in 2008 by the National Council on Behavioral Health in response to the need for accessible, introductory information on responding to mental health concerns.   Over the course of an eight-hour training day, participants learn about risk...
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Top 10 Reasons Schools Should Have Youth Mental Health Services On-Site
Nearly 20 percent of youth in the United States experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health condition every year. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of those kids do not receive any kind of mental health services. The reasons are varied: Social stigma, high costs, lack of insurance, and school staff and parents who may lack recognition and awareness of symptoms. Without diagnosis and treatment, mental health conditions can affect a student’s performance in school and ability to learn and grow, but we can increase access to mental health treatment. What happens when schools provide youth mental health services and access to resources by serving children and adolescents where they already spend most of their day?  From our collective...
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Amid Opioid Epidemic, Many Minnesota Women Face Other Addictions
A close-up image of a young child and mother smiling.The opiate epidemic looms large in Minnesota. In 2016 alone, opioid overdoses accounted for 395 deaths in our state, an increase of 12% from the previous year. Yet results from Wilder Research’s 5-year study of women served by the Women’s Recovery Services (WRS) grant show that some women across the state continue to face addictions to other drugs at much higher rates. From 2011-2016, methamphetamines, alcohol, and marijuana were the preferred and most commonly used drugs among women served by the WRS grant, and preliminary results from 2017 are showing similar trends among WRS women. Meth, marijuana, alcohol prevalent among women served by grant Through grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Women’s Recovery Services initiative serves pregnant and parenting women (and their families) with...
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Understanding Sex Trafficking & What Minnesota is Doing to Address It
A close-up headshot of researcher Julie Atella smiling at the camera.Most of you have likely heard about sex trafficking in some form or another. Common perceptions are that sex trafficking is not a widespread problem in Minnesota, and only happens in isolated instances to youth from other countries or in cases of abduction by strangers. Sadly, a recent Wilder Research report confirms that commercial sexual exploitation is much more widespread in Minnesota than most of us think. Sexual exploitation can happen anywhere to anyone. This includes institutions and industries in Minnesota as well as schools, businesses, religious communities and it involves native Minnesotans, not just immigrants who are brought in from other countries. Sexual exploitation is occurring in all regions in the state: 36% of the victims were being served in the Twin Cities metro...
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Little Things Matter at Day Treatment
hope signFor a long time, sometimes for many years, parents of children in the Wilder Day Treatment program have faced the dilemma of whether to answer the phone when the school, child care or a service provider calls. As one parent shared with us: "Usually the calls are to say my child is in trouble – swearing, refusing to follow directions, hitting and kicking other kids or adults, destroying property. The next thing I am told is that he can’t stay there, that I need to come get him, and on top of that, he can’t come back for 1-3 days. I’ve lost jobs because of too many phone calls and too much missed work. I love my son, but what am I supposed to do? None of...
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