Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
Advocates are celebrating a breakthrough year as legislators approved $46 million in new funding for mental health services and treatment. Years of persistent efforts finally brought a major boost to many of the most effective community mental health services and also to fill other glaring needs. Read more…
Beyond the Baby Blues is a full-day conference designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. It will be held on May 28 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Bufford Avenue, in St. Paul. Find more information and registration, here. Sponsored by NAMI Minnesota, the University of MN School of Social Work, Postpartum Support International, UCare, Postpartum Counseling Center, Hennepin Co. Medical Center Mother-Baby Program, Blooma Yoga Wellness & Education and Partners Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Julio Salazar completed his amazing Break the Stigma Run in Stillwater on Saturday, May 9 after a six-day run across Minnesota from the South Dakota border. Along the way he connected with many individuals and groups to share a message of hope and recovery. He and his team of friends and supporters also helped raise funds for NAMI Minnesota's programs. Read more, here. See news article, here.
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 12:00-12:45 p.m. at Park Nicollet Clinic, 3800 Park Nicollet Blvd, 7th Floor, Dwan A, in St. Louis Park. You are not alone - and you don't need to struggle alone. Learn ways to cope with what's causing you stress, sadness, or anxiety. Connect with other moms experiencing similar feelings at a free drop-in support group. Come as often as you'd like - with or without your new baby. Please do not bring other children, as we are not able to accommodate siblings. Groups are facilitated by 2 experienced female therapists, skilled in helping and supporting women struggling with emotional concerns after having a baby. Women's Services, For more Information call 952-993-3307.
NAMI Minnesota's 2014 Annual Report is now available. View or download a copy, here.
NAMI Minnesota will be offering a new class for youth, Ending the Silence, in the coming year. Designed to fit into a 50-minute high school or middle school class period, the presentation shares information on how common mental illnesses are, signs and symptoms, and the personal story of a young adult who is doing well in recovery. Young people will get resources to get help for themselves or a friend and information on how to fight stigma in their school. If you are interested in teaching the class or sharing your story as a young adult, complete NAMI's volunteer application. To schedule a presentation for your school, contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-645-2948 x106.
Tom Mork, a middle-aged banker in Lakeville, MN, will begin a two-month, 2,100 mile bike ride for mental illness awareness on July 6. Four others will join him for the entire ride and another 14 have signed on to do at least one more stages. They will follow the Mississippi river from Louisiana to the river’s source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. As a parent who struggled with his daughter’s bipolar diagnosis of several years ago, Tom has a story to tell which includes “ignorance, despair, bewilderment, humor, and yes…hope.” Find out how to support Tom’s ride at tomsbigride.org.
PAL (Psychiatric Assistance Line) assists providers in locating psychiatric resources for clients. “PAL is a free service available to health professionals every Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Any healthcare provider can call for mental health triage and referral, or for a consultation with a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist regarding a patient. This is a free service provided by PrairieCare Medical Group through a grant from DHS.” – From PrairieCare website. PAL is a 2015 community impact health initiative award winner.
Need a speaker on mental health? NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program and Speakers Bureau offer informative and inspirational programs, including MakeItOk presentations by a NAMI speaker. Sign up for a presentation, here.
Nearly all Americans believe the state of mental health and addiction in the United States is a serious problem, and 70 percent believe it requires “significant” or “radical” changes, according to new public opinion research released on Feb. 3. Read more.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed in 2008, means that health insurance companies must provide coverage for mental illnesses and substance use disorders at the same level they cover any other illness. Know your rights under the parity law and who to contact to make sure you are getting equal coverage. See Poster - Fair Insurance Coverage: It's the Law.
NAMI Minnesota helped produced two short videos to increase the awareness and empathy of hospital staff towards people with mental illnesses and their families, and to bring hope and information to patients. How to Help; Caring for Patients with a Mental Illness focuses on helping hospital staff to understand how they can help and reminds staff that people can recover and get better. Stories of Recovery helps current patients realize they are not alone and reminds patients that there is always hope for recovery.
Feeling isolated & overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors or mental illnesses? Not sure where to start or who to talk to? No time to attend support groups or classes? Even phone calls a challenge? Connect with a parent peer specialist through NAMI’s parent email warmline. See details on flyer.
QPR - Question, Persuade, and Refer - is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota and open to the public. QPR covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. Find QPR and other classes,
$46 Million for Mental Health,
Finding the Light (Part 1 of 3), Albert Lea Tribune 5-24-15
New Oversight Proposed for U of M Research, StarTribune 5-18-15
Running to End the Stigma, Stillwater Gazette 5-15-15
Runner Helps Break Stigma, Montevideo American News, 5-7-15
Man Runs Across MN for Mental Health, MPR-NewsCut, 5-4-15
Postvention: How We Communicate after a Suicide, MNPost 4-29-15
Suspending U's Research Not Helpful, StarTribune 4-14-15
U Psychiatry Chief Steps Down, StarTribune 4-9-15
Media Bungles Germanwings Coverage, NewsCut 3-30-15
Regents Suspend U Psychiatric Studies, StarTribune 3-27-15
Empathy Instead of Force, StarTribune 3-25-15
Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)