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1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55104

phone: 651-645-2948
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Mental Health Advocates: "We're Tired of Waiting"

An overflow crowd packed the Capitol Rotunda for Mental Health Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 15.  More than 500 people joined in the rally to call on legislators to make mental health care services equal to those provided for physical care. Long waiting lists, lack of crisis response and school-linked mental health services, shortages of psychiatrists, psychologists, residential treatment, affordable supportive housing, employment programs and more remain commonplace. The mandate of mental health parity remains far from a reality. To which advocates chanted, “We’re tired of waiting.”

NAMI Minnesota is Moving

Having outgrown its current location and wanting to get closer to the light rail and buslines, NAMI Minnesota is moving to 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55104 on March 16. The move means NAMI can upgrade some of its technology and improve its workspace, including having more room for NAMI's programs and staff. It comes after over 10 years in its current location and will require nearly $200,000 to complete. A capital campaign is underway to help raise the funds. For information, contact Dinah at 651-645-2948 x104 or ddale@namimn.org.

Mental Health Day at the Capitol, March 15

Mental health advocates and friends will gather for Mental Health Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 15.  An issues briefing session will be held at the St. Paul Armory at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Rally in the Capitol Rotunda from 11:00-Noon. Visits are being scheduled with Legislators for after the Rally. The event is sponsored by the Mental Health Legislative Network, a coalition of nearly 40 organizations working to improve mental health services in Minnesota. Free buses are available from greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities. For information contact network co-chair NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948 or 1-888-626-4435.  See event schedule

Forest Lake City Council Blocks Treatment Program

Despite a large turnout of supporters for the development of a children's residential treatment facility on Feb. 26, the Forest Lake City Council sent the issue back to the city planning commission essentially ending the chance the program will be built there. See articles at TwinCities.com, the StarTribune and MPRNews.

NAMI's Spring Gala, April 28

NAMI's Spring Gala has been set for Saturday, April 28, at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis. There will be live music and dancing and a 1920-30s theme. Included will be silent and live auctions. The Gala helps fund NAMI’s programs of education, support and advocacy for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Individual and table reservations are available. For details on sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Britt at abritt@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x112.

Auction Items Sought for Spring Gala

Can you help us with a donation of a product or service to our auctions at our upcoming Spring Gala on April 28 at the Radisson Blu in Minneapolis? All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible. Your donation can be something as simple as a gift certificate or a bottle of wine for the wine pull, or as generous as a time-share stay for the live auction. All auction prizes (live and silent) will be featured on the event webpage. For information, contact Amy Britt at abritt@namimn.org or (651) 645-2948 x112.

Schedule a Presentation for Mental Health Month

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. To schedule an IOOV program or another educational program for Mental Health Month, please click here.

12-Week Family-to-Family Courses Available

Learn about mental illnesses, the brain, treatment, and resources to help a loved one living with a mental illness. Attendees will also build communication skills, reduce stress, find support and discover the common stages of emotional responses when supporting someone with a mental illness. This free class meets weekly for two and a half hours for 12-weeks and is for family and friends of an adult living with a mental illness. Find more, here.

NAMI Minnesota Sets 2018 Legislative Goals

Reports from NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Issues surveys provided important information to use in the development of its goals for the coming year. The surveys were designed to target three specific groups: adults, children and providers. NAMI's legislative agenda will address many issues, along with its work with the MN Legislative Network. See NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Goals.

NAMI Minnesota Wellness Series

NAMI Minnesota is holding a 4-part wellness series that will bring members of our community together to learn about how different areas of wellness influence mental health. The next topic will be Physical Activity & Mindfulness on March 15. Find more, here.

PTSD Treatment Options Online Course

PTSD Treatment Options is a short course about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the U.S. The online course was created for service members and veterans but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. After answering a few questions about your experiences, you’ll learn about PTSD from veterans via video and receive resources about treatment options available to reduce your stress reactions.

Parent Survey on Children's Residential Treatment

This NAMI Minnesota survey is for parents of children about the development of PRTFs or Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities. PRTFs offer services that are less intensive than inpatient hospital care but more intensive than our current residential programs. Please describe what improvements you would like to see to children’s residential treatment. Take Survey.

NAMI Minnesota Talks Mental Health

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.

NAMI's Online Classes for Professionals Offer CEUs

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.

Civil Commitment Online Training & Education

The MN Dept. of Human Services has just developed an online training and education on the civil commitment process.

In the News

Forest Lake Setback, StarTribune 3-2-18
72 Hours in the Psych Unit, St.CloudTimes 2-27-18
MH Facility Plan Sent Back, ForestLakeTimes 2-27-18
Pioneer Press Sportswriter Recovering, NewsCut 2-17-18
Class on Early Episode Psychosis, KSTP.com 2-25-18
Treatment Facility Draws Support at Hearing, StarTribune 2-27-18
Emotional Hearing on Treatment Facility, TwinCities.com 2-27-18
Child Psychiatric Facility Supporters Speak Out, MPRNews 2-27-18
Proposed MH Facility Debated in Forest Lake, CBSLocal 2-24-18
Forest Lake Poised to Say No to MH Care Jobs, StarTribune 2-23-18
Shortage of Therapists, Longer Wait Times, Fox9 News 1-4-18
MN Mental Heath One-Stop Shops, StarTribune 12-29-17
Totino-Grace Holds MH Awareness Week, SunFocus 12-11-17
Saving Lives Via Text Message, NPR 11-26-17
I'm Tired of Being the Scapegoat for Shootings, StarTribune 11-8-17
Brainerd Hospital Turns Away Psych Patients, StarTribune 11-2-17
Brainerd Hospital Denies Treatment, NewsCut 11-2-17
Completing Paul Wellstone's Legacy, StarTribune 10-25-17
Patients Stuck in Anoka Cost $90 million, StarTribune 10-14-17

Find it Fast

Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers for Children and Adults (Statewide by county)

Mental Health Crisis Resource page

Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL) for Providers

Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Support

Fast-Tracker - Find Mental Health Resources

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Location Finder

County Resource Finder

Civil Commitment Online Training

NIMH Research Updates   

Request a Presentation from NAMI Minnesota

More information about NAMI Minnesota