• 17 SEP 15
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    Warning signs: Experts outline what to look for to prevent teen suicide

    Warning signs: Experts outline what to look for to prevent teen suicide

    Originally published by Dolly A Butz on the Sioux City Journal SIOUX CITY | Sleeping all day, barely eating, withdrawing from friends and activities and self-harming behaviors like cutting are not just a phase, but signs that a teenager could be contemplating suicide. But Daniel Gillette, physician leader for behavioral health at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s,

    • 01 MAY 15
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    There Gov. Terry Branstad goes again on mental health funding

    There Gov. Terry Branstad goes again on mental health funding

    This column originally appeared in the Sioux City Journal. By Jim Rixner “There you go again.” Remember that famous line President Ronald Reagan made in one of his many debates? Well, in Iowa it perfectly describes Governor-for-life Terry Branstad and his annual cutting of mental health funding. Over the course of the past four years,

    • 14 APR 16
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    THE REGULARS: Iowa ranks low for meeting mental health needs

    THE REGULARS: Iowa ranks low for meeting mental health needs

    This story was originally published on the Sioux City Journal by Jim Rixner Mental illness continues to be one of the most misunderstood yet pervasive diseases in our country and our world, yet the number of providers available to treat those suffering from mental illness is woefully inadequate. I would like to show you the

    • 11 SEP 19
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    Suicide Awareness Month

    Suicide Awareness Month

    September is Suicide Awareness Month, a time to be aware of the risk of suicide in our community and nation. Anyone can struggle with thoughts of suicide and these thoughts can occur at any time, whether the person appears to be going through a hard time or appears to have a perfect life. In 2017