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
An enormous crowd of between 4,000-5,000 people joined in the ninth annual NAMIWalks Minnesota, held Sept. 26 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and at the Community & Technical College field house in Rochester. There were more than 200 Walk teams and, although the figures aren't in, close to $400,000 was raised! Donations are accepted for NAMIWalk teams and individuals until Nov. 25. The family event featured live music, picnics, team photos, resource tables, a kids tent, face-painters, a tree of hope, dance performances, a t-shirt contest and more. See photos. More information and photos will be posted soon.
Registration is in full swing for NAMI's free, fall classes including Hope for Recovery, Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid and others. Find a class in your area.
After a number of delays the St. Paul City Council voted 5-2 on Sept. 9 to allow People Incorporated to relocate the Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence to the site of a former convent on the east side of St. Paul. Thanks to everyone who wrote letters and emails, made calls and spoke out to support the move. See StarTribune article. Also TwinCities.com story.
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.
Mental Health advocates are celebrating a breakthrough year as legislators approved $51 million in new funding this session for mental health services and treatment. Years of persistent education and awareness efforts finally brought a major boost to many of the state’s most effective community mental health services and will also help fill other glaring service gaps. See Funding Gains By the Numbers, here. More, here. NAMI Minnesota's 2015 Legislative Summary, here.
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, here.
Daughters and Sons, a support group for young adults aged 16-20 who have a parent with a mental illness began meeting in June. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.
NAMI Minnesota's 2014 Annual Report is now available. View or download a copy, here.
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.
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 recent public opinion research. Read more.
NAMI Minnesota helped produced two short videos to increase the awareness of hospital staff 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. Stories of Recovery helps current patients realize they are not alone and offers encouragement and hope.
Feeling isolated & overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors or mental illnesses? 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.
Reaching Out to Youth in Crisis –
MN Health Care News/Sept. 2015
St. Paul Shows Leadership on Crisis Center, StarTribne 9-15-15
St. Paul Okays Zoning for Crisis Home, TwinCities.com 9-9-15
Council Approves Re-zoning for Crisis Facility, StarTribune 9-9-15
Supporters Urge Council To Approve Move, StarTribune 9-6-15
MH First Aid Training, ABC Newspapers 9-1-15
MH System Fixes Aren't Easy - Series, St.CloudTimes 8-31-15
Will St. Paul Let Crisis Center Move, MNPost 8-26-15
Finding a Path in the Spirit of Diane Ahrens, TwinCities.com 8-25-15
St. Paul Should Approve Crisis Center Move, StarTribune 8-19-15
Bikers Wrap-Up 2,100 Mile Ride, StarTribune 8-13-15
Tom's Big Ride Nears Finish Line, SunThisWeek 8-12-15
Big Ride for Big Cause, RedWing RepublicanEagle 8-11-15
Bike Ride Passing through Brainerd, BrainerdDispatch 8-10-15
Riding for Family and a Cause, WinonaPost 8-10-15
Dad Bikes Mississippi to Raise Awareness, LaCrosseTribune 8-5-15
Uphill Ride for Mental Health Awareness, WinonaDailyNews 8-4-15
MN Security Hospital Still Needs Work, StarTribune 8-2-15
Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)