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NAMI Minnesota’s 2016 State Conference, titled Stories of Hope – Voices for Change in honor of NAMI Minnesota’s 40th Anniversary, will be held Nov. 5, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Jennifer Ayers-Moore, sister of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers the subject of the movie “The Soloist” will be the keynote speaker. The conference will include NAMI's award luncheon and a celebration of NAMI's history and future. There will be 15 breakout sessions for parents of children, adults with mental illnesses, teens/young adults, family members and professionals. The cost is $60 for members, $100 for non-members or $35 for students. Lunch is included. 4.5 CEUs available. Find the entire schedule of workshops and registration information. (Please note that the registration page on Eventbrite was not available for several days but is now running again, and there is still time to sign up for the conference.)
NAMI's grassroots 40-city tour – "40 Years of Change" – is off and running. The free presentations by NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden will cover the history of the mental health system in Minnesota and the many positive changes NAMI Minnesota has helped to create. We will also seek input from community members about their current needs and hopes for the future. Open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. The tour is one of the events celebrating NAMI Minnesota's 40th Anniversary.
• Redwood Falls, Nov. 14, 8:00-9:30 a.m., Redwood Falls Library, 509 S. Lincoln St., conference room (Register, here.)
• Marshall, Nov. 14, 12:00-1:30, Marshall Lyon County Library, 201 C Street (Register, here.)
• Worthington, Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Noble County Administration Building, 315 10th Street, Farmers Room (Register, here.)
• Fairmont, Nov. 15, 12:00-1:30, Fairmont Library, 110 North Park, conference room (Register, here.)
• Mankato, Nov.15, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Rasmussen College, 130 Saint Andrews Dr., conference room (Register, here.)
Find more tour stops, here.
On September 27-28 NAMI Minnesota launched two web-based support groups for people living with a mental illness called NAMI TeleConnection. One is for ages 18-30 and the other is for parents living with a mental illness. Find more information and how to access the groups, here.
From its beginnings in 2007 NAMIWalks Minnesota has pulled the mental health community together and brought hope beyond what anyone could have expected. This year’s NAMIWalks Minnesota celebrated ten glorious years as nearly 4,000 people joined in the event, held Sept. 24 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and at the Community & Technical College field house in Rochester. There were over 230 Walk teams and more than $423,000 was raised to support NAMI’s programs for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. See photos. Find more photos, and team photos. More event and team photos will be posted soon. You can still donate to NAMIWalks through Nov. 22.
NAMI will offer a facilitator training for family support group and parent resource group leaders on Nov. 19. Interested volunteers should contact Marilyn Dornfeld for an interview at 651-645-2948 x131 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smoking rates across the nation have been steadily decreasing over the past two decades due to increased awareness of the health risks, but rates have remained steady among people living with mental illnesses. A commonly cited reason for this is that smoking is an important coping mechanism and helps treat symptoms of mental illness such as stress and anxiety. However, studies have not supported this and in fact most have found quitting smoking may improve mental health. A review of 26 studies discovered that quitting led to decreases in anxiety, depression, and stress and improvements in quality of life and positive moods. This along with the physical health risks of smoking make it important to address tobacco use as part of recovery from mental illness. Access full study.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is holding another working group on case management. NAMI Minnesota wants to hear from you about the important components of case management. The survey should take no more than five minutes and is for both children and adults.
NAMI's booklet Understanding the Minnesota Civil Commitment Process (May 2016) 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.
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.
State Aims to Fix Mental Health Care, WinonaPost 10-14-16
Addressing the MH Crisis in Our Jails, StarTribune 10-17-16
Rare Open House at St. Peter Hospital, StarTribune10-13-16
Thankful for Forty, MinnesotaMonthly Sept 2016
MH Advocate Seeks Input on Needs, IntFallsJournal 9-28-16
Patients Call for MH Reforms in MN, WashingtonPost 9-26-16
Ken Barlow - Man on a Mission, MNPost 9-16-16
MH Advocate in Hutchinson, CrowRiverMedia 9-15-16
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MN Families Battle Isolation and Stigma, StarTribune 9-9-16
Winona Co. CJCC Tackles Mental Illness, WinonaPost 9-7-16
Mpls. Cops Try New System on MH Calls, StarTribune 9-6-16
MH System has Yet to be Built, MilleLacsCountyTimes 8-28-16
Dakota Co. Seeks Help Not Jail, StarTribune 8-25-16
Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Dark, ElkRiverStar 8-18-16
MH Advocate to Speak in Elk River, ElkRiverStar 8-16-16
U of M Adds $300,000 for Student MH, UofM-TC 6-10-16
U of M May Add $500,000 for MH, KSTP-TV 6-9-16
MH Gets $48 Million in New Funding, StarTribune 5-30-16
Interview with Royce White, GoodMen.com 5-23-16
Depression & Anxiety in Children, KARE11 5-21-16
Suicide Sets Parents on New Mission, StarTribune 5-18-16