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Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

Loneliness can be as bad for a person's health as obesity and smoking, according to AARP, and it's a real concern for many adults ages 50 to 80. (deagreez/Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Recent studies and surveys indicate that more older adults are struggling with loneliness and isolation. And as winter sets in, those feelings can become more pronounced. According to an AARP survey this year, one in three older adults say they "lack regular companionship,"

A 2018 report by the FBI found that of 63 active shooter assailants, only 25% had been diagnosed with a mental illness, and only three with a psychotic disorder. (avi_acl/pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The holiday weekend brought another mass shooting to Texas, the second in less than a month. But one psychiatrist who studies gun violence says blaming mass shootings on mental illness won't stop future incidents. Police say the latest suspect, a white male in his 30s, used

Neither women nor men in the United States rank among the top three countries where people live the longest lives.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's no longer a secret that Americans are dying at an alarming rate from a nationwide opioid crisis and increased suicide rate, and those factors also are contributing to reduction in life expectancy. Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rep

As many as 8 in 10 women experience sexual harassment in their lifetimes, which can lead to clinical depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and long-term physical health problems. (Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The global MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and assault, and a new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research calculates the economic impacts in the workplace. Elyse Shaw, the report's co-author, says harassment places a significant burden

Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34, emphasizing the need for awareness during Suicide Prevention Week. (pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Suicide rates have been on the rise since 1999, and Minnesota is not immune. From 2006 to 2016, the state's suicide rate jumped 40.6 percent. During National Suicide Prevention Week, which continues through Saturday, it's noteworthy that U.S. suicide rates were highest for

Minnesota calls to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline are currently rerouted to Crisis Connection. (Pinc Floit/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Crisis Connection, which is operated by Canvas Health, has answered Minnesota calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for decades - but says it might stop if it doesn't get some funding from the state. The company had requested almost $1.4 million in state funding last l

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nationís largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization. The Minnesota chapter is 40 years old. (Chuck Taylor/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Social workers, teachers, parents and family members from across the state will come together this weekend in a daylong effort to understand and treat mental illness. The annual conference of Minnesota's National Alliance for Mental Illness is Saturday at the RiverCentre in St.

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have received concealed-carry permits since that legislation was passed in 2003. (Madison Scott-Clary/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS – Gun violence kills or injures almost 1,000 Minnesotans a year. And some of the best minds in the state aim to do something about it during the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executiv

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