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Mental Health


The following are a series of articles aimed at exploring the problem of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their harmful effects on the physical, emotional and mental health of our community. Substantial public health research confirms that mistreatment of children results in a variety of problems for them as they grow into adulthood. Although the problems that result from ACEs create ripple effects throughout our communities, research shows that we can build resilience to the trauma caused by ACEs. Resilience trumps ACEs!

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Mental Illness of a Parent

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Addiction of a Parent

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Domestic Violence

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Physical Abuse

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Emotional Neglect

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Physical Neglect

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Incarcerated Parents

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Emotional Abuse

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Sexual Abuse of Children

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Divorce or Separation of a Parent

For more information contact about ACEs, contact:

Lowell Johnson

Tony Oltmann

Tom Gonzalez


Oprah is Bringing Awareness to Childhood Trauma

Oprah Winfrey is shifting her perspective on how childhood trauma (Adverse Childhood Experiences) impacts people’s lives. Oprah was on “60 Minutes” in March and traveled to Milwaukee to learn about a revolutionary approach to childhood trauma. She spoke with Dr. Bruce Perry who is a world-renowned expert in the field and has treated survivors of high-profile events such as the Columbine shooting. “If you have developmental trauma, the truth is you are going to be at risk for almost any kind of physical health, mental health, and social health problem you can think of,” says Perry.

60 Minutes has the video on their website along with a “candid” interview of Oprah and the impact the ACE study and childhood trauma, has had on her. If you want to see the video (it’s about 15 minutes) click here.


Unmet Needs Survey for Region V+ 

Please take this survey to help us know what the needs are in Region V+ (Crow Wing, Aitkin, Cass, Todd, Morrison, and Wadena Counties).

This survey is used by the Mental Health Initiative for obtaining grant funding and targeting development of mental healthier resources in our area.



Brd Clinic Mil Jackie Tree poster 10.15Having an attitude of gratitude and focusing on the positive things in life can help to build your resiliency for when the going gets tuff. To reserve a Gratitude tree and leaves for your business or organization to use for a month and strengthen resiliency please contact Millie Engisch

9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude



a confidential, and non-judgmental 24/7 crisis line for people who need a listening ear, information, referral resources, or crisis mental health intervention because we envision all people having access to resources that help them to cope or solve their problems. 800-462-5525


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To get involved with the Mental Fitness goal group, contact co-chairs:

Nathan Bertram or

Tom Gonzalez