Telehealth in Minnesota

Although not a perfect fit for everyone, telehealth offers therapy from the safety and convenience of your home. People with limited or no access to transportation, those living in rural areas, those without childcare options, and those who simply prefer video sessions can get the treatment they need.

Community Mental Health Programs See Results for Minnesota Immigrants

“For people like Fatuma Ali, mental health recovery can be an even longer and tougher journey because, as Mental Health America and other organizations have often reported, certain aspects of immigration itself can have a greater impact on mental health due to the trauma and lack of social supports often associated with migration.”

Sanctuary Supply Depot aims to support houseless encampment residents

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

The group accepts donations at Boneshaker Books in Seward neighborhood 4-6 p.m. each day. After police disbanded an encampment that included hundreds of people in Powderhorn Park last summer, volunteers sought a new way to distribute resources. Unsheltered people moved to smaller encampments throughout the city and Sanctuary Supply Depot was formed. “We wanted to continue to support folks with supplies, but realized, Oh, the logistics of that are very different when everyone is spread out versus when everyone is in one place,” said Sarah Greenfield, an organizer with the Supply Depot. Greenfield is one of multiple volunteers and organizers that established the group last year.

Radical News Radio Hour: Environmental Justice, Immigrant Justice, the Budget, and Education (#50)

Today we’re talking about efforts to defund the Public Employees Relations Board with Saint Paul Federation of Teachers President Nick Faber. We’re also talking about the somewhat unexpected budget numbers with Clark Goldenrod with the Minnesota Budget Project. We’ll also hear from Antonia Alvarez, an immigration justice organizer currently on day seven of an 11-day fast in Washington, DC. Alvarez is President of a statewide and regional organization called Pueblo de Lucha y Esperanza. Finally we’ll hear from Steve Sandberg, Board member with the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute, on the future of Roof Depot property in Phillips neighborhood.

When A Loved One Comes Out

Family support is an essential protective factor against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation for LGBT+ adolescents, and social support is vital for mental health outcomes.

Updates: Police reform legislation at the Minnesota State Legislature

After the murder of George Floyd last May, the Minnesota legislature saw momentum in police reform, passing a ban on choke holds and neck restraints, end warrior-style police training, and increase data collection around police use of deadly force. The recent death of Daunte Wright by police and the conviction of Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death have renewed focus on police reform, though there has been pushback by Republicans in the Senate.

Unrest unfolds after Brooklyn Center police kill Black man

After Brooklyn Center police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, protesters and mourners gathered outside the police department to call for change. Police met their emotions with chemical munitions and less-lethal weapons. A curfew was set in place by multiple mayors and Gov. Tim Walz to quell ongoing unrest.

Column: The Peculiar Timing of the $27 Million Settlement

The “peculiar” timing of the unprecedented $27 million pretrial settlement, paid by the city of Minneapolis to the victim’s of killer cop, Derek Chauvin, wasn’t peculiar at all. Without unwavering accountability, such settlements enable the city and county to repeatedly get away with executing grave injustices against vulnerable populations and no real commitment to cease this behavior, as demonstrated with the violent police raid of the Near North homeless encampment on March 18.

Pandemic, POC & Mental Health

The pandemic has had a distinct impact on BIPOC communities. Here are tips on what to do if you’re suffering from the impacts of the pandemic on your mental health.