VIRGINIA, MN — Grant funding will help deliver mental health resources to rural areas in St. Louis County.
St. Louis County has been awarded a grant worth $80,000 per year for the next four years in order to support “Thrive Range,” which helps deliver sustainable mental health and substance misuse resources to the Iron Range and northern parts of the county.
The grant, which was awarded by the Minnesota Department of Health, aims to focus on the following areas:
- Healthcare – Thrive Range will work with area health systems on “Zero Suicide”, a national initiative that is proven to reduce suicides within healthcare systems.
- Schools – St. Louis County Public Health will offer support and leadership with Iron Range schools through a program called Hope Squad. This approach provides prevention and intervention for mental health and substance-related problems within the school setting.
- Community – ThriveRange.org will provide access to free, confidential mental health and substance use resources 24/7. A landing page connects visitors to suicide prevention, mental health, and substance use computerized online interventions. Particular focus will be to provide help for men and military veterans, two groups with higher rates of suicide in the region. Free cognitive behavioral therapy also will be offered through this website.
Thrive Range’s efforts are coordinated by Hibbing native and suicide prevention research leader Dr. Urusula Whiteside, as well as the St. Louis County Public Health Department.
According to St. Louis County officials, the county’s suicide rate is more than one and a half times the number of the Twin Cities metro area. They add that in rural areas, such as the northern parts of St. Louis County, anyone needing mental and substance abuse care can face barriers such as lack of providers, stigma and lack of financial resources.
Click here to learn more about Thrive Range.