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NAMIWalks - Changing Minds One Step at a Time

NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk to help raise awareness of mental illnesses, is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1:00 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Thousands of people are expected to join in this fun-filled event to reduce stigma, celebrate hope and raise funds for NAMI's programs. There will be live music with the One Love-Bob Marley Tribute Band, picnics, speakers, a raffle, a kids tent, face painters, a photo scavenger hunt, a magician, kettle corn, resource tables, a tree of hope, a t-shirt contest and more. KSTP TV's Ken Barlow will emcee the event.  More than 130 walk teams and over 1,200  people have already registered. Be a captain or join a team, sign up as an individual or donate to NAMIWalks today!

Families: Be Inspired

Family-to-Family classes are an evidence-based, award winning and life-changing chance for families and loved ones of someone living with a mental illness to find the information, insights, and hope they've been searching for. Over 3,000 Minnesota families have benefited from this inspiring course. Find a list of locations and sign up for a free, fall course today!

Sixth Annual DanO Golf Outing & Banquet

The sixth annual DanO Golf Outing & Banquet will be held Sept.15 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington. The fun-filled event is a celebration of life in honor of Dan Olsen who died by suicide after a long struggle with severe anxiety. Proceeds from the event benefit NAMI Minnesota’s suicide awareness and education efforts. To sign up go to www.danofund.org.

New Hope for Recovery Workshop Offered

NAMI Minnesota's new Hope for Recovery workshop was designed with the help of teaching experts. The six-hour workshop is interactive and provides participants with the information, strategies, and coping skills they need. Sign up for a workshop set for Sept. 13 in Anoka, register, here or in St. Paul, register, here.

Two Videos Educate Hospital Staff, Offer Hope

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. 

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.

Advocates Push Policy Changes Ahead

Mental health advocates pushed many important changes through during the 2014 Legislative Session. There were many changes that were a direct result of NAMI Minnesota’s work such as: Strengthening Adult Foster Care requirements; changing crisis response services to engage people in treatment and to involve families; and making sure the problems people experienced when a community mental health center closed don’t happen again. NAMI also strongly advocated for redesigning St. Peter Security Hospital, developing a working group on mental illnesses and criminal justice, allowing students to continue to participate in varsity sports, and ensuring that waiver standards appropriately address the needs of people with mental illnesses. Read more, here. Find NAMI's Legislative Summary, here.

Changes, Oversight Needed at MN Security Hospital

NAMI Minnesota and other mental health advocates gathered last week to urge the Governor and Department of Human Services to take additional steps to address the problems identified in the recent licensing investigation on the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter issued in response to the death of patient earlier this year. "Despite reorganizations, new management and additional funding – tragedies and licensing violations continue to occur. This is unacceptable. We will not stand by and let people languish or die in this institution any longer," NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden told reporters at a press conference on May 22. Read more here.

NAMI's High Impact in Mental Health Rated #1

NAMI Minnesota has been rated the #1 organization by experts studying nonprofits for having “high impact in mental health” in the spring issue of MNSights, a magazine on Minnesota philanthropy. In its cover story State of Minds, the magazine said of NAMI Minnesota, “With more than 60 support groups and 300 free classes each year, it is the single largest source of mental health information and support in the state.” The article added, “It’s also the most vocal, high impact advocate for improved recovery options through quality mental health care, greater accessibility to services, broader community outreach and increased understanding of mental illness.”

Abrupt Mental Health Center Closure Decried

Riverwood Centers, a provider of mental health services for about 3,000 people in east central Minnesota, abruptly closed on March 17. The shutdown has caused delays in services and treatment for thousands in Chisago, Isanti, Kanebec, Millie Lacs, and Pine counties. "We need to know why this happened and what steps will be taken to address this terrible situation,” said NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden. Under law, counties are responsible for developing child and adult mental health services. See Riverwood Closes, Stranding Thousands, and Patients Scramble to Find Care, also MH Center Closes in Braham.

Crisis Line for Former Clients of  Riverwood Centers

Crisis Connection, a program of Canvas Health, has contracted to provide a mental health crisis line for Region 7E (includes Chisago, Isanti, Kanebec, Millie Lacs, and Pine counties), including former clients of Riverwood Centers. The number is:1-800-523-3333.

Advocates Halt Proposal to Limit Medication Choices

Stakeholder feedback helped shelve a proposal that would have limited choices on psychiatric medications under Medicaid Part D. The decision not to go forward with the proposal was announced March 10.  Find story, here.

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

Helping Men Find a Way Out of Depression, StarTribune 8-17-14
Mental Health Care Brought to Light by Tragedy, KARE11 8-12-14
An Uphill Journey of Hope, SunThisWeek 7-18-14
Quieter Transport to Psychiatric Care, StarTribune 7-16-14
Top Community Services Needed, Not More Beds, MNPost 7-15-14
Riverwood Failure Part of a Bigger Problem, TwinCities.com 7-10-14
St. Cloud Police Reach Out to Kids, StarTribune 7-6-14
Changing Lives, WinonaDailyNews 6-30-14
Cost of Not Caring, USAToday 6-25-14
One Mother's Journey, MNPost 6-19-14
What Young Men Will Understand, StarTribune 6-15-14
Security Hospital Can't Become a Prison, MankatoFreePress 6-8-14
Advocates Call for Change at Security Hospital, KARE11 5-22-14
Patients, Families Paint Picture of Little Treatment, StarTrib 5-22-14
Advocates Demand Change at St. Peter, MPR 5-22-14
DHS Inspector Q&A on St. Peter, KSTP-TV 5-22-14
Advocates Decry Hospital's Culture, MankatoFreePress 5-22-14
State of Minds, MNSights Spring 2014 or here.
MN Bolsters Funding for Kids MH Services, StarTribune 5-15-14
Getting Mentally Ill Out of Jail & into Treatment, StarTribune 5-1-14
MN Justice System Failing the Mentally Ill, BringMeTheNews 4-29-14
Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness, DallasNews 4-25-14
Counties React to Riverwoods Closure, ECM PostReview 3-27-14
MH Center Closes in Braham, KARE11 3-18-14
Patients Scramble to Find Care, BringMeTheNews 3-18-14
Riverwood Closes, Stranding Thousands, StarTribune 3-17-14
Youths at LifeSpan Find Help, MNPost 3-14-14
TC Teens Find Help at their Doorsteps, StarTribune 3-3-14
State Report Finds Deep Flaws in Care, StarTribune 3-3-14

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Thanks to top NAMIWalks sponsors: AllinaHealth - Mental Health - Premier Plus Sponsor, Cigna - Premier Sponsor, and UCare - Presenting Sponsor