Thursday, December 1, 2022


Access to medication is key to HIV prevention, a Florida university uses a religious exemption to disband its faculty union, plus Nevada tribes and conservation leaders praise a new national monument plan.


The House passed a bill to avert a crippling railroad strike, Hakeem Jefferies is chosen to lead House Democrats, and President Biden promises more federal-Native American engagement at the Tribal Nations Summit.


The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

ND Provider: Teen Mental-Health Needs Are Visible


Thursday, April 28, 2022   

As the school year winds down, mental-health providers say they recognize many students still feel the weight of the pandemic, and in North Dakota, it has prompted a more dedicated response to help kids dealing with higher levels of stress and anxiety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued findings which showed more than a third of high school students reported having poor mental health during the crisis. Another 44% said they persistently felt sad or hopeless in the past year.

Christy Wilkie, a therapist with Dakota Family Services, said they have seen a big increase in referrals.

"When they do come into the office, we're seeing more anxiety, more depression," Wilkie reported. "And I would say it's more intense anxiety."

She said some of it might be greater awareness from parents after spending more time together during the crisis. Any family financial stress or disruptions in connections with peers are other factors. Wilkie pointed out they are doing more outreach with local schools to help identify concerning situations and to navigate the referral process.

Wilkie emphasized they are also trying to help fill gaps in areas where services are scarce, including having one of their staff routinely visiting a rural high school in Barnes County to provide therapy. She added telehealth has helped during a time of greater need.

"The schools will provide spaces for kids to do therapy in school," Wilkie noted. "It's one less barrier to getting help for kids when the parent doesn't have to take time off and drive them to the clinic and then wait for that hour and then drive them back."

Despite the extra efforts, Wilkie stressed waiting lists are long, and recruiting is ramping up in hopes of adding providers. The CDC report revealed more than half of high school students reported experiencing emotional abuse by a parent or other adult in their home during the pandemic.

Survey CDC 04/01/2022

get more stories like this via email
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that law enforcement officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty (elvis santana/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

The gold dome on the Iowa Capitol has been gilded five times. The gold leaf covering the dome is 250,000th of an inch thick and is 23.75 karats. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …


Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…


Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …

Tom Oliver, center, receives the 2022 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service. (Bruce Carlson/AARP Washington)

Social Issues

A Bellingham man who supports people with dementia has received one of the most prestigious awards for volunteerism in Washington state. The …

Social Issues

Native American tribal communities and conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as President Joe Biden announced he intends to create a new nationa…

The 2020 Iowa caucuses were beset with tabulation problems, which set off a discussion on whether to shake up the Democratic primary process. (Scoutori/Adobestock)

Social Issues

A decision could come today on Nevada's bid to become the first state in the nation to hold a Democratic primary in 2024. The Democratic National …


Snow is on the ground in much of Minnesota, but the state is coming off another warm season with notable drought conditions. Those who monitor …


By Ray Levy Uyeda for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Greater Dakota News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021