Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
The U.S. House, on Nov. 30, passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392-26. The Senate is expected to take up the bill early next week. Important national Mental Health Reform legislation backed by NAMI has been added to the bill. It includes NIH's BRAIN Initiative and provisions reauthorizing current language and appropriations for a variety of programs including youth suicide prevention, teacher training, jail diversion, integration and more. Find out how to contact your Senators and more, here. See Health Legislative Vote, Reuters 11-30-16.
NAMI's grassroots 40-city tour – "40 Years of Change" – is off and running. The free presentations by NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden will cover the history of the mental health system in Minnesota and the many positive changes NAMI Minnesota has helped to create. We will also seek input from community members about their current needs and hopes for the future. Open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. The tour is one of the events celebrating NAMI Minnesota's 40th Anniversary.
• Winona, Dec. 8, 12:00-1:30, Winona City Hall, 207 Lafayette St., in Council Chambers on 3rd Floor (Register, here.)
• Rochester, Dec. 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Rochester Area Foundation, 12 Elton Hills Drive NW (Register, here.)
Find more tour stops, here.
Help make the season a little brighter for children, teens and adults with mental illnesses hospitalized over the holidays by joining in NAMI’s holiday gift drive. Gifts are needed for adults and children (ages 6-18) in psychiatric units, and for adults in residential programs. Find more details, here.
Andy’s Cheesecakes cookbook was created in memory and in tribute to Andrew Senn by his parents. Andrew lost his nine-year battle with bipolar disorder and addictions and died August 2, 2014 at age 39. NAMI Minnesota, where Andy worked at the time of his death and was a source of support and resources for him, has since become a favorite cause for Andy’s family. The cookbooks are being sold for $15, with 100 percent of the profits going to NAMI Minnesota’s programs of education, support and advocacy. To order, click here.
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Legislative Training on How to be an Effective Mental Health Advocate on Dec. 10, from 10:00-12:00, at NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31, in St. Paul. Register, here.
Can you or a loved one get the mental health or substance use care you need? Do you have insurance that covers the costs of your care? Take the national NAMI Coverage4Care survey and share your experiences. The survey takes about 20 minutes. Your answers will help NAMI advocate for better coverage. The survey closes Dec. 31. Share this survey with your family and friends.
NAMI Minnesota and MOFAS (Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, FAS) are teaming to provide parent resource groups to help parents meet the challenges of raising a child with a mental illness and/or FAS, learn coping skills and develop problem solving skills. Find more, here.
NAMI's 40 Years of Change - 40-City Tour Presentation Finale has been set for Jan. 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Pkwy. N., in St. Paul. This special presentation will also include what NAMI learned on the tour and the focus for advocates in 2017. Register, here.
Many thanks to the Give to the Max Day donors who supported NAMI Minnesota on Nov. 17! The one-day fundraiser for non-profit organizations raised $15,596 for NAMI’s programs of education, support, and advocacy.
On September 27-28 NAMI Minnesota launched two web-based support groups for people living with a mental illness called NAMI TeleConnection. One is for ages 18-30 and the other is for parents living with a mental illness. Find more information and how to access the groups, here.
Smoking rates across the nation have been steadily decreasing over the past two decades due to increased awareness of the health risks, but rates have remained steady among people living with mental illnesses. A commonly cited reason for this is that smoking is an important coping mechanism and helps treat symptoms of mental illness such as stress and anxiety. However, studies have not supported this and in fact most have found quitting smoking may improve mental health. A review of 26 studies discovered that quitting led to decreases in anxiety, depression, and stress and improvements in quality of life and positive moods. This along with the physical health risks of smoking make it important to address tobacco use as part of recovery from mental illness. Access full study.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is holding another working group on case management. NAMI Minnesota wants to hear from you about the important components of case management. The survey should take no more than five minutes and is for both children and adults.
NAMI's booklet Understanding the Minnesota Civil Commitment Process (May 2016) provides information on dealing with crisis situations, the steps in the process, pre-commitment screening, hospitals and emergency treatment, commitment standards, common questions, and alternatives to commitment. Download, here.
The MN Dept. of Human Services has just developed an online training and education on the civil commitment process.
NAMI Minnesota is a Continuing Education Provider approved by the Board of Social Work, St. Paul, Minnesota. Continuing Education Provider Approval #CEP-83. Online courses Allies in Recovery and Compassion in Action each provide 2 CEUs upon completion. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. You may then download and print a course completion certificate.
Winona Criminal Justice Council Recognized, WinonaPost 11-23-16
Protecting Mentally Ill, Landlords, MinnLawyer 11-23-16
State's Medical Director Resigns, StarTribune 11-17-16
Task Force Aims at Delays in MH System, MNPost 11-17-16
MH System Resembles Bad Traffic Jam, StarTribune 11-7-16
Must Provide Equal Insurance Coverage, StarTribune 11-7-16
Crisis Center Creates Space for Families, StarTribune 11-1-16
Sister of Soloist to Speak at NAMI Conference, MNPost 10-26-16
People Inc. Acquires Family Life MH Center, PeopleInc 11-15-16
State Aims to Fix Mental Health Care, WinonaPost 10-14-16
Addressing the MH Crisis in Our Jails, StarTribune 10-17-16
Rare Open House at St. Peter Hospital, StarTribune10-13-16
Thankful for Forty, MinnesotaMonthly Sept 2016
MH Advocate Seeks Input on Needs, IntFallsJournal 9-28-16
Patients Call for MH Reforms in MN, WashingtonPost 9-26-16
Ken Barlow - Man on a Mission, MNPost 9-16-16
MH Advocate in Hutchinson, CrowRiverMedia 9-15-16
MH Advocate in Montivideo, Willmar, WestCentralTribune 9-14-16
MN Families Battle Isolation and Stigma, StarTribune 9-9-16
Winona Co. CJCC Tackles Mental Illness, WinonaPost 9-7-16
Mpls. Cops Try New System on MH Calls, StarTribune 9-6-16
MH System has Yet to be Built, MilleLacsCountyTimes 8-28-16
Dakota Co. Seeks Help Not Jail, StarTribune 8-25-16
Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Dark, ElkRiverStar 8-18-16
MH Advocate to Speak in Elk River, ElkRiverStar 8-16-16
U of M Adds $300,000 for Student MH, UofM-TC 6-10-16
U of M May Add $500,000 for MH, KSTP-TV 6-9-16
MH Gets $48 Million in New Funding, StarTribune 5-30-16
Interview with Royce White, GoodMen.com 5-23-16
Depression & Anxiety in Children, KARE11 5-21-16
Suicide Sets Parents on New Mission, StarTribune 5-18-16