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Building a Stronger, More Diverse Mental Health Workforce

September 9, 2021 by Pahoua Yang
This past legislative session, Wilder partnered with NAMI Minnesota to advocate for legislation to strengthen our mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs) treatment system. Our goal is to… Read more »

Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Needs: How Do We Measure Improvement?

March 22, 2021 by Melissa Serafin
Both law enforcement and mental health advocates have long identified issues with how individuals with mental health and substance use needs are served. Sometimes called “social workers of last… Read more »

Self-Care is a Critical Investment in Ourselves to Support the People and the Causes that Matter to Us

March 16, 2021 by Pahoua Yang
It has been exactly a year since my family and I returned from a short trip to celebrate the end of spring break. My children never returned physically to school. The next day, I sat with our… Read more »

Therapy by Video: What Works in Telehealth?

January 25, 2021 by Melissa Serafin
Mental health service providers have overwhelmingly shifted to providing services by video, allowing clients to receive services while following social distancing recommendations. Research suggests… Read more »

Angels and Ghosts in the Nursery: Trauma-Informed Child-Parent Therapy

December 17, 2020 by Gael Thompson
Sarah sits across from me in my office, staring down at her hands. Her eyes fill with tears and she shakes her head.

I think my child might be suicidal. What should I do as a parent or guardian?

November 10, 2020
It can be scary to hear your child talk about suicide. You’re not alone – suicidal thoughts are common among children and adolescents in the United States. It’s important to take this seriously, even… Read more »

How Telehealth Play Therapy Helps Kids Cope with Life in a Pandemic: Children’s Mental Health During Covid Part 2

October 14, 2020
Kate and her family had officially started telehealth therapy. They had worked through some technical issues, had their first session, and Kate was looking forward to seeing her therapist again on… Read more »

Why Hmong Families Need Hmong School-Based Mental Health Providers

August 26, 2020 by Cheng Vang
Wilder school-based mental health services started about 30 years ago with Kofi, a program for students of African descent. This year, Hlub Zoo is celebrating 10 years providing school-based mental… Read more »
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