School-Based Mental Health Services Helped Harper Tame Her Anxiety

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Harper Woltjer’s struggles with school-related anxiety started in kindergarten and worsened each year. Her tummy hurt every day. She didn’t want to ride the bus or go to school. This shy, artistic girl would cry and work herself up to the point of vomiting. By second grade, her Mooreton, ND, family didn’t know what to do. Harper’s issues were beginning to make her older brother feel anxious at times, too. “I was finding myself losing my patience and temper sometimes because I was feeling so helpless,” said Harper’s mother, Emily. Their school principal told the Woltjers about school-based [...]

Busted: What happens after you get a DUI?

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You made a poor decision to drink and drive and got caught. Now what? If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), it can be a very scary and uncertain experience. After getting a DUI, you may have to appear in court. In most states there will be a loss of driving privileges for a certain amount of time. Some states offer a hardship license that allows you to drive to work or school during the time your license is revoked or suspended, but your driving privileges will be limited. In North Dakota, drivers will need to have an evaluation completed by a Licensed Addiction [...]

'A Better Version of Me'

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As though she were on autopilot, Jenn Wright drove to her favorite park, trying to find solace in nature. That day, the struggles were too great. Dark thoughts started to seep in. “I was so sad and lonely and felt like there was nobody who cared,” she says. Jenn called her mom, who told her she should see someone. Then Jenn called The Village Family Service Center. “When I first called The Village, I was a crying mess,” Jenn says. “I didn’t have any tools to cope with my anxiety and depression.” Jenn started therapy sessions with Kelsi, a Licensed Professional Counselor at The Village’s [...]