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Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
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(1-888-626-4435)
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Major Mental Health Funding Breakthrough

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 Conference

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.

Julio's Inspiring Break the Stigma Run

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.

Find a Speaker for Mental Health Month

Need a speaker for 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. Sign up for a presentation, here.

Ending the Silence to  Start in Schools

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 alee@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x106.

NAMI Minnesota's 2014 Annual Report

NAMI Minnesota's 2014 Annual Report is now available. View or download a copy, here.

Advocates Offer "Construction Hats" to Legislators

Over 500 people joined in Mental Health Day at the Capitol on March 12 supporting advocacy efforts to build a better foundation for Minnesota’s mental health system and ensure access to effective mental health care across the state. They made visits to legislators and passed on mini construction hats to them with the message Mental Health, We Know What Works, Let’s Build on it!  MHLN Legislative Goals.  

Mental Health Leaders Speak Out at Press Conference

NAMI Minnesota, key legislators from both sides of the aisle, health care and other mental health advocacy organizations came together at a press conference on March 10 to express support for building on the foundation of Minnesota’s mental health system to ensure access to effective mental health care across the state. Read more, here. Also, see MNpost article.

Parent Educator Position Open

Provide education and support to parents of children and teens who live with a mental illness • Organize parents to advocate for themselves and others • Work with providers to be family driven and family friendly. See job description and details, here.

Follow Tom's Big Ride

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 Helps Providers Find Resources for Clients

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.

Poll on Services for Mental Health and Addiction

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.

Your Rights and the Parity Law

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.

Two Videos Educate Hospital Staff, Offer Hope

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. 

Parent Warmline

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

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.

In the News

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
Jail Diversion Proposal Opposed by Advocates, StarTribune 3-23-15
U Halts Recruiting for Psychiatric Research, StarTribune 3-23-15
Electronic Health Records & Psychotherapy, StarTribune 3-22-15
Auditor: U Should Suspend Drug Trials, StarTribune 3-20-15
Woman Uses Sister's Art to Break Stigma, StarOnline 3-15-15
Legislative Proposals for Mental Health, MNPost 3-13-15
Julio Salazar Runs for Mental Health, MNPost 3-12-15
Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness, SunPost 2-17-15
Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Passes, StarTribune 2-3-15
Plan Focuses on Children, Mental Illness, DailyPlanet 2-2-15

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