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Concerned family members, advocates and people living with a mental illness from Baxter to Winona came together on March 16 for Mental Health Day at the Capitol to share their story with their legislators. This diverse group talked about the need for more school-linked mental health programs, vital first episode psychosis treatment, urgent reforms for the use of solitary confinement in Minnesota prisons and more. “Today is a reminder that there’s no longer a debate as to whether or not Minnesota needs to do more for the individuals living with mental illness and their families,” said Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota. “The entire mental health community made it loud and clear that our mental health system is still under construction and needs funding. We can’t afford to slow down.” Find a podcast of speakers at the Mental Health Rally, here.
As part of its 40th year anniversary activities NAMI Minnesota has created podcast interviews and blogs with a number of its members from founders to current day activists. The series, called Mental Health in Minnesota, is part of NAMI Minnesota's 40 Stories of Hope/Voices for Change.
It's a busy legislative session this year. NAMI's executive director joined a press conference on March 8, to oppose caps on Medicaid that would severely curtail the growth of needed mental health programs.
NAMI Minnesota has two web-based support groups for people living with a mental illness called NAMI WebConnect. One is for adults living with a mental illness, and the other is for young adults, ages 18-30. Find out how to access the groups, here.
Need a presentation on mental health? Please schedule as soon as possible - May is Mental Health Month. NAMI's In Our Own Voice program and Speakers Bureau offer informative and inspirational programs, including MakeItOk presentations by a NAMI speaker. See list of available presentations and sign up, here.
Key legislators and NAMI Minnesota held a press conference on February 8, to discuss H.F. 742 (SF to be introduced shortly) and the use of solitary confinement in Minnesota’s prison system. Speakers included Rep. Nick Zerwas, Sen. Dan Hall, and Sue Abderholden and John Stuart with NAMI Minnesota. The bills contain vital reforms, limits, and regulations on the use of solitary confinement, particularly as it applies to prisoners living with mental illness. NAMI supports this legislation and the positive changes it will bring to Minnesota’s prison system. Read more.
NAMI Minnesota invites you to partner with us for our annual Beyond the Baby Blues Conference on motherhood, mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. Sponsoring Beyond the Baby Blues will help you reach clients while demonstrating your support and concern regarding this issue. For details, see sponsorship brochure. Find conference registration information, here.
NAMI Minnesota’s booklet Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children, published in Feb. 2016, helps parents learn to recognize, manage, prevent and plan for their child’s mental health crisis. The booklet is now available in two new languages, Hmong and Somali.
DHS has launched a new Positive Supports Minnesota website which offers information about the positive supports approach, a practice of offering respectful, supportive and effective supports and choices. The website is located at mnpsp.org.
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's booklet Understanding the Minnesota Civil Commitment Process 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.
MH Community Concerned for Future, AlphaNews 3-17-17
ACHA would Cut MHServices, MinnPost 3-15-17
NAMI Minnesota: 40 Years of Inspired Activism, MinnPost 3-1-17
NiceRide, HCMC Partner for Mental Health, StarTribune 2-25-17
A Police Chief's Call to Fix MH System, NewsCut 2-17-17
St. Joseph's Expands MH Services, twincities.com 2-17-17
MinnPost Selects NAMI for Free Ads, MinnPost 2-10-17
Legislators Speak Out Against Solitary, StarTribune 2-8-17
Colleges Can't Meet Student MH Needs, STATNews 2-6-17
U of M Psychiatry Dept. Shifting its Research, StarTribune 1-26-17
$7 million Proposed for Prison Solitary Issues, StarTribune 1-26-17
One Stop Shops Come to MN, MNDaily 1-19-17
One Stop Shop for Mental Health, StarTribune 1-5-17
Bill Addresses MH & Jails, StarTribune 12-27-16
Sanctions Lifted on MN Security Hospital, StarTribune 12-23-16
Therapy Program for Foster Kids, StarTribune 12-21-16
Steps Toward Reducing Solitary, StarTribune 12-19-16
Use of Psychiatric Medications Common, HuffingtonPost 12-16-16
Victory Against Eating Disorders, StarTribune 12-12-16
Cures Act Passed, KSTP-TV 12-11-16
Changes in Solitary Confinement Sought, StarTribune 12-10-16
Reform Use of Solitary Confinement, StarTribune 12-9-16
Readers Write on Using Solitary Confinement, Star Tribune 12-9-16
Police Officers Need MH Training, MinnPost 12-6-16
Isolation Scars Prison Inmates, StarTribune 12-4-16