The recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams has prompted a Northwoods professional to ask people having problems to come forward for help if they feel suicidal.
Heidi Karns is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Ministry Medical Group. She says Williams shocking death has put a spotlight on mental health issues. She says it's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the challenges people with mental illness face each day...
A spokesperson says a goal is to have mental illness viewed in the same light as any other disease.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Northern Lakes president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter, Mick Fiocchi spoke with Ken Krall about their efforts.
This month the NAMI meeting features a question and answer session with psychiatrist Dr. Richard Immler. It's scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th at 7pm.at First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander. More information is at nami.org or email naminorthernlakes@ yahoo dot com.
A spokesperson says The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has hired nine mental health professionals to meet the demand.
Those hires are part of more than 1,600 new mental health hires within the VA system.
Spokesperson Brad Nelson says four of the new hires are under an Executive Order signed by President Obama to meet the needs of veterans and their families. He says with more than a decade of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the need is there.