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Behavioral Health

How can you tell whether a mental health issue is normal or not? It's tricky. The line between normal and abnormal mental health is often blurred. Still, it's helpful to consider your feelings, thoughts and behavior in relation to cultural norms and other benchmarks. Mental health includes issues such as self-esteem, relationships and resilience. If you're struggling with self-esteem, denial or other mental health issues, remember that we are here to help.

In The News

Free, eight-week grief group offered in Mankato

Journey Through Grief helps those who’ve experienced the death of a loved one. 

January 30, 2017
Springfield expands behavioral health services

Local patients can now make an appointment with Jessica Christenson, L.G.S.W.

January 24, 2017
St. James expands behavioral health services

Local patients can now make an appointment with Lori Sodeman, L.G.S.W.

January 23, 2017
Fairmont, New Prague, St. James, Springfield and Waseca now offer 24-hour behavioral health services via telemedicine

Behavioral health services via telemedicine are offered in the emergency department. 

January 11, 2017
Psychotherapist Anita Vlcek joined Behavioral Health in Menomonie

Vlcek specializes in anxiety-related disorders, child development, attention deficit, autism spectrum disorders, behavior analysis, use of cognitive behavior and dialectical behavior skills.

January 13, 2016

From The Blog

Don't bet on it

With March Madness just around the corner, the topic of sports gambling is worth exploration. There are some simple rules to help manage gambling, as well as warning signs to help you see trouble coming.

Brien Gleeson, L.P.C., CSAC By Brien Gleeson March 10, 2017

Could you be depressed?

Do you always feel tired? Have you lost interest in hobbies that you used to love? Do you sometime think you don’t feel like you anymore? Learn about depression and get some tips to help you feel more like yourself.

March 1, 2017

Practical ways to raise confident kids

A child’s confidence depends on hearing certain messages, and parents are in the best position to send them. Confident children know their own goodness, and that they are worthy of being loved and belonging with their friends and family.

Chad Kritzberger MD By Chad Kritzberger January 26, 2017

When grief goes unacknowledged

The holiday can be a difficult time for many, especially if you are dealing with unacknowledged grief.

December 22, 2016

Are video games and screens another addiction?

In our increasingly digitalized world, where most of us and even our children own electronic devices with screens, many parents and adults worry about the impact of screen use for themselves and their children. 

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham November 15, 2016

College students and depression

As college students returned or entered college this fall, the important issue of anxiety and depression is a discussion that parents, college students and professionals who work with students do not want to forget.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham October 13, 2016

Art to heal the human heart

Time can be hard to measure. We often measure our lives in the tasks and accomplishments of everyday life — a pace of business, providing us with momentum and a feeling of control. In between the noise of the day, quiet moments remind us of those we love and what we have lost.

September 28, 2016

Coloring is good for your health

What used to be known as a simple, fun activity for kids is now a tool for practicing good mental health. Coloring has recently become the newest craze, especially for adults. Although some are skeptical, many experts are confident in the therapeutic effects that take place when someone sits down with some colored pencils and paper.

Cassie Welsh, L.P.C. By Cassie Welsh August 17, 2016

What is normal when I'm grieving?

Grief is a normal process of adapting that everyone moves through differently. There's no right or wrong way to do it. Know what's normal and when to get help.

June 30, 2016

Manage your stress so it doesn’t manage you this summer

You may not think that summer and stress go together, but they often do. Routines frequently change, and downtime can lead to complaining and sibling squabbles. Summertime events, such as graduations, family reunions and vacations, come with their own set of stressors. So, what can you do to stress less and have more fun this summer?


Janice Schreier, M.S.W. By Janice Schreier May 18, 2016

Reflections from an eating disorders therapist

Eating disorders are complex, affecting the mind, body and spirit. Like a cancer, it does not discriminate by age, size, gender, religious beliefs, race or socioeconomic status.

Sarah Stinson By Sarah Stinson May 12, 2016

Some answers to your questions about bullying

Questions about bullying are pretty universal, but what about answers? Well, they are a little more complex.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham April 26, 2016