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Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota authored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, with a goal of reducing the suicide rate among U.S. military veterans. Photo courtesy of Rep. Walz office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Senate is expected to approve legislation this afternoon that seeks to prevent suicide among military veterans through early intervention, expanded treatment and peer support. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has already won unanimous appr

PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and

PHOTO: Under Minnesota's medical marijuana bill, patients will not be able to get the plant or its leaves, but could obtain medicinal marijuana in liquid or pill form. Photo credit: Mark/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 2014 Legislature ended with a flurry over the weekend and among the bills passed that now await the governor's signature is one to legalize medicinal marijuana use. Minnesota will become the 22nd state to allow it, although the measure is one of the most restrictive in the nati

PHOTO: The Legislature has passed a bill to bring new standards to the treatment and care of pregnant and postpartum inmates, with a goal of healthy babies despite the circumstances. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Following unanimous approval in both the Minnesota House and Senate, what will be the first state law to consider the unique needs of pregnant inmates now just awaits the signature of Gov. Mark Dayton. The legislation seeks to ensure that these incarcerated women are safe and healt

PHOTO: It's estimated that for school aged children, screen time is second to only one other activity: sleeping. Photo credit: Neeta Lind/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the time that kids spend with television, video games, apps and computers continues to grow, they're being encouraged to take the next seven days to unplug. Sara Adelmann, screen time project manager, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, says this is Screen-Free Week, the g

PHOTO: It was on this day in 1994 that the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act took effect. Photo credit: Josh Berglund

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a landmark 20th anniversary today for those across the state and nation who are working to prevent gun violence. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act took effect on this day in 1994, requiring background checks on firearms purchased from a federally licensed dealer. Hea

PHOTO: Efforts to address bullying in Minnesota schools and workplaces are expected to garner much debate as the gavel drops Tuesday for the opening of the 2014 Legislative Session. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul on Tuesday for the start of the 2014 session, where there will be another push to address bullying both in schools and in workplaces. For schools, the current law in Minnesota aimed at bullying prevention is just 37 words. According to State S

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