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Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month which began in 1949 and was started by Mental Health America (MHA). Nearly 1 in 5 Ameri­can adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year and 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnos­able mental health condition sometime in their life according to MHA. Some studies suggest mental health condition rates among military Veterans may be five to 15 times higher than civilians. Regardless of the numbers, mental health affects everyone. More importantly, we are individual human beings not numbers. I hope to have an opportunity to share the person­al side of mental health in future articles.

Right now, I would like to provide you with in­formation and resources available to help your­self or someone else in need. To paraphrase Sir Francis Bacon, Dale Carnegie, Takeda Shingen, or whomever should receive credit, “knowledge is power only when applied”. No time like the present to act.

Northeastern Minnesota mental health and crisis resources

www.letstalkmn.com  | call 844-772-4724 | text MN to 741741

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

www.988lifeline.org  | call or text 988 | chat at www.988lifeline.org/chat  

Veterans Crisis Line

www.veteranscrisisline.net  | call 988 then press 1 | text 838255 | chat at www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help-now/chat/   

Mental Health America


Mental Health First Aid Training


QPR Suicide Prevention Training


May also brings us the observance of Memo­rial Day on the 29th. The origins of Memorial Day may be traced back to the years following the Civil War. In 1868, Decoration Day was es­tablished to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Despite local and state observances, it was not until 1971 that Memorial Day was de­clared a national holiday by an act of Congress.

I am certain more information will be provid­ed in the coming weeks regarding events in the area. While not a formal event, the Friday before Memorial Day (May 26th this year) will see vol­unteers in local cemeteries placing flags on Veter­ans’ graves. Veterans Service Organizations, like American Legion Post 109, provide the flags used to honor and remember our fallen Veterans. Placement of flags will commence at 0800 (8:00 AM) at the Lakeview Cemetery Veterans Sec­tion in Two Harbors.

Brad Anderson is the Lake County Veterans Service Of­ficer and can be reached at 218.834.8326, or cvso@co.lake.mn.us  

Karen Christianson is the Cook County Veterans Service Officer and can be reached at 218.387.3639, or karen. christianson@co.cook.mn.us

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