mental health

Writer, radio personality, podcaster and guy-with-depression John Moe talks about finding what works for you in addition to meds and therapy (dogs, being in a band, Bigfoot videos on YouTube), getting rid of the word "stigma" (when what we mean is "discrimination"), and depression as a super-power, especially in these times.

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is published by St. Martin's Press.

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There are plenty of reasons not to ask for help when the stress gets to be too much.

A tradition of self-reliance.  Money. Insurance (or lack thereof). Travel distance.  Maybe just a desire to keep your business to yourself.

But those reasons also account for a growing number of suicides in rural Minnesota.

A new program funded by the Miller Dwan Foundation, though originally geared to farmers, is expanding to miners and foresters and anyone else in the rural Northland as well.  It's free.  It's confidential.  It's a phone call away.

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If you suffer from a mental illness like anxiety or depression, chances are you have several tools in your toolbox to help you cope and get back to a healthier state of mind.

But what if you've been fine your whole life - until now - and you're wondering why the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic are turning you into someone you don't recognize?

Facebook

It's no surprise that friends make your life better.

The folks that support you when things go bad, celebrate with you when they go well, make you laugh, keep you company - they're what life is about.

But for today's college students, leaving the familiar people and places of home is dauntung, especially since they may not be as skilled at face-to-face friendmaking as previous generations.

The solution?  The brainchild of a UMD alumnus and his UMD-alumni staff: an app to help you connect with good old-fashioned friends.

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Every day, 105 Americans take their own lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Tom Kasper isn't a doctor, and he doesn't even play one on the radio.

But he is a master gardener.  And as we begin Mental Health Week on KUMD,  it turns out he knows a thing or two about how gardening can be good for what ails you.

UMD YOUmatter

Social media gets a bad rap when it comes to cyber-bullying or just making people feel bad about themselves when their lives don't seem to measure up.

But a group at UMD is doing what they can to turn that around, and use the pervasive power of Facebook, Twitter and the like to let people in the community know they're not alone.

UMD YOUmatter is on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

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Do you have five people you can talk to?  Really talk to?

How do you find them - as a young person or an adult?

And how can you become that person for someone else?

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Shawna Weaver

When we heard on Earthwise Radio this week that communing with nature makes us feel better, it probably wasn't a surprise.

But the why might surprise you.  Who woulda thunk that it's the structured, predictable nature of, well, nature that appeals to us?

Eleni Pinnow

"Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth,  died from depression and suicide on Feb. 20, 2016."
That was the first line of Aletha's obituary as it was printed in the paper.  Aletha's older sister joins us this morning to talk about Aletha's death and the decision - to talk honestly about her suicide - that got the entire country talking.

(the full text of Aletha's obituary is reprinted below)