One in five Minnesotans experience mental illness each year, and one in 25 people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to a DHS news release. Fortunately, there are more treatments, services and community support than ever before, and, as a result, many people with mental illness can and do recover.
“It is critical that people with mental illness get the care they need,” Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said. “It’s no different than any other health condition. Just like treatment for cancer, people with mental illness need the right specialized medical care.”
As part of Mental Health Month, DHS created a web page with information about mental health at mn.gov/dhs/mental-health.
MDH: Medical cannabis patients see benefit
A majority of Minnesota patients using medical cannabis reported benefits during the first year of the program, according to early data from a first-of-its-kind study by the Minnesota Department of Health. The study draws on data from survey results as well as enrollment, purchasing and related health information to describe the experience of patients using medical cannabis July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.
“Based on this evidence from the first year, Minnesota’s approach is providing many people with substantial benefits, minimal side effects and no serious adverse events,” Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said.
Patients responded to a survey question asking how much benefit they believe they received from using medical cannabis on a scale from 1 (no benefit) to 7 (great deal of benefit). Across all patients, 64 percent indicated a benefit rating of 6 or 7. In the area of symptom reduction, patients achieved at least a 30 percent reduction in symptoms (an amount considered clinically meaningful) for conditions including seizures, Tourette syndrome, Crohn’s disease and muscle spasms.
These year-one findings are