Flood and trauma topic of mental health showHEALTH NOTES: PBS North is starting a new season of its “Speak Your Mind” series on mental health issues with a timely topic.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
PBS North is starting a new season of its “Speak Your Mind” series on mental health issues with a timely topic.
“After the Flood: Trauma and Natural Disasters” will be the topic for the program at 7:30 tonight on WDSE/WRPT, the station announced in a news release. Psychologist Carolyn Phelps will host.
The locally produced, live call-in program is presented by the Human Development Center in conjunction with PBS North. The news release cites Nielson Co. ratings showing the program has outdrawn network programs “30 Rock,” “Without a Trace” and “Vampire Diaries” in the Duluth region.
“It’s great to live in a community that was ready for a show on mental health topics,” Phelps said in the news release. “I am deeply moved by people’s willingness to share their personal journeys from struggle to triumph, by the experts’ willingness to share their wisdom, and by the viewing audience who have let us know how much this show has meant to them.”
A dozen defibrillators
Twelve regional organizations will receive Automated External Defibrillators, the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross announced.
The AEDs are being provided through HeartBeat Northland, a regional partnership developed by the Red Cross to prevent deaths from heart attacks.
Recipients are the Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association, Duluth; Backus Community Center, International Falls; Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln Park, Duluth; Duluth Children’s Museum; Duluth YMCA Aquatics; First United Methodist Church, Duluth; Grand Lake Community Center; Midway Township Community Hall; Mont du Lac Ski Patrol, Superior; Proctor Area Community Center; Salem Lutheran Church, Mahtowa; and YMCA Camp Miller, Duluth.
The AEDs, valued at $1,500, were bought with proceeds from “HeartBeat Idol,” a karaoke competition at Grandma’s Sports Garden on June 6. Major event sponsors included the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium, St. Luke’s Regional Heart Center, Skyline Rotary Club and New Page.
The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2524 Maple Grove Road.
Nominate your doc
If your family doctor is a standout, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians wants to hear from you.
The academy is seeking nominations for 2013 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year, presented annually to a doctor who specializes in family medicine. Last year’s honoree was Dr. Andrew Burgdorf of Buffalo.
Nominations will be accepted in writing through Jan. 4.
To nominate a doctor, write a letter describing how he or she makes a difference in the lives of patients, has outstanding personal and professional qualities and is involved in the community.
Letters can be sent to Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, 600 S. Highway 169, Suite 1680, St. Louis Park, MN 55426, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions can be directed to the academy’s office at (800) 999-8198. Only academy members will be considered; you can call or e-mail the academy to check.
Coffee for hospice
A bag of coffee can support care for hospice patients this month.
Throughout this month — actually, from Sept. 29 through Nov. 3 — patrons at local Caribou Coffee spots can purchase a bag of Amy’s Blend coffee, with proceeds donated to the Miller-Dwan Foundation for use at Solvay Hospice House and to CancerCare, a national organization that provides free professional support locally to anyone affected by cancer.
A news release from the Miller-Dwan Foundation explained that Amy’s Blend was created in honor of one of Caribou’s first team members and roast masters, Amy Erickson. She battled breast cancer and succumbed to the disease in 1995 at age 31.
Solvay Hospice House offers end-of-life care in a residence on 9.2 acres of wooded land on Baylis Street in Duluth. It’s owned by the Miller-Dwan Foundation, and the care is provided by Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospice and Palliative Care.