Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
The Governor's budget was released on Jan. 27 and it is full of great news. NAMI Minnesota would like to thank Governor Dayton for increasing funding for critical mental health services in Minnesota. The Governor's budget puts the money into programs that work and if passed, will definitely help build up the capacity of our system to meet the needs. It also addresses the fragility of our system; focuses on prevention and early intervention; and provides more access to treatment, care and community supports. In all, the Governor's proposal adds $35 million for mental health, including $4.6 million in funding for the biennium for mental health crisis services. Read more in NAMI's press release, here. Also see op-ed article.
We are proud to partner with the University of Minnesota for the 13th year to host our Annual Research Dinner. Three presenters from the Department of Psychiatry will present their latest findings, introduce new studies that are underway and answer questions. This year’s topics include diagnosing and treating early stage bipolar disorder, examining the brain in adolescents with self-harm behavior, and demystifying clinical research. This event will be held Feb. 24, at the Roseville Radisson and we would love to have you in attendance! Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Find more information and registration, here. Hope to see you there!
Do you want to present at NAMI's upcoming Beyond the Baby Blues conference? On May 28, NAMI Minnesota and the University of Minnesota will host a full day conference for professionals and families exploring diagnosis, treatment and support when a woman experiences depression and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. We are requesting applications from potential speakers. View the presenter application for details. Submissions are due by Feb. 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Travis at email@example.com with any questions.
This new NAMI class will help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery. The class is free, but registration is required.
* Eden Prairie, Feb. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pax Christi Catholic Community Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail; Register, here.
* Bloomington, April 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Rd.; Register, here.
• St. Louis Park, June 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Park Nicollet Melrose Institute, Namaste Conference Room, 3525 Monterey Drive (Register, here.)
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.
Talk to someone who understands...someone who's been there. NAMI Vet Connection is a program that gives veterans the opportunity to talk with other veterans and share their experiences, as well as the successes and hardships of the reintegration process. Starting Jan. 8, a NAMI Vet Connection group will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00, at the Minneapolis VA, One Veterans Drive, in Room 1P-156 (please meet first in the IP waiting room). If you have questions, please contact Roland at 513-519-9281 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.
NAMI Minnesota recently helped produced two short videos to help increase the awareness and empathy of hospital staff towards people with mental illnesses and their families, and also 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 serves to remind staff that people can recover and get better. Stories of Recovery helps current patients to 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,
Fully Fund MH Services,
Downsizing DHS, StarTribune 1-27-15
Bringing MH First Aid to MN, DailyGlobe 1-21-15
Mental Health Workers Shortage, St. Cloud Times 1-18-15
Strategies Shift for Treating Mental Illnesses, StarTribune 1-20-15
Shortage of Psychiatrist in Rural MN, StarTribune 1-17-15
Police Focus on MH Crisis, DuluthNewsTribune 1-4-15
MN Moving in Right Direction, Grand Forks Herald 12-21-14
MN's 2014 MH Measures Cited as Models, MinnPost 12-17-14
Mental Illness is the Wrong Scapegoat, Vanderbilt University 12-11-14
Getting Help for Postpartum Depression, KSTP TV 12-8-14
New Building, New Era in Children's MH, StarTribune 12-1-14
Role Playing Helps MH Crisis Responders, MinnPost 11-25-14