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NAMI Spring Gala - Music for the Mind

Grab your flapper dresses and fedoras, pinstripe trousers and pocket vests, as we take a swanky trip back to the Roaring Twenties. It will be a night to remember, featuring great music from the era, dancing and an elegant dinner. Included will be live and silent auctions. On the level, you’ll have a hotsy-totsy time. The NAMI Spring Gala will be held May 3, at Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 5601 West 78th Street, in Minneapolis. Tickets are $125, and are available by invitation, through the NAMI office or online. For information, call Amanda at 651-645-2948 x112. Music by the Classic Big Band & the Nostalgics.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

NAMI Minnesota will assist 10 metro area schools with awareness raising events on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8. Included will be posting Walk a Mile in My Shoes cutouts down a main hallway of the school leading to an information table. The shoes will feature supportive mental health messages. Find out more. Help a young adult soar, video.

NAMI Speakers Offer MakeItOk Presentations

The Together We Can Make It OK presentation provides information about mental illnesses, combats stigma and offers helpful hints about how to talk about mental illnesses. Find out more and request a MakeItOk presentation by NAMI in your community.

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 will cause delays in services and treatment for thousands in Chisago, Isanti, Kanebec, Millie Lacs, and Pine counties. NAMI Minnesota called for an immediate response by the Commissioner of Human Services and the Governor to address the problem. “It is simply unacceptable to allow people to languish without treatment. 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.

Veterans Sought for Spiritual Support Group

The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is conducting a study to determine the impact of Spiritual Support Groups on healing veterans who are trauma survivors. The groups will meet at religious and community centers for 8 weeks. Veterans may be assigned to either spiritual or standard support groups. Groups will be led by specially trained clergy. There is no cost to participate in the study and participants will be paid up to $200 for their participation. For more information or to participate contact Rachel Dubke, the study coordinator at (612) 467-5737.

Halle Berry Teams with NAMI to Create Awareness

Frankie & Alice, staring Halle Berry, is a psychological drama inspired by the true story of an African American go-go dancer in the 1970s “Frankie” who struggles with dissociative identity disorder (DID). Berry and Codeblack films have partnered with NAMI to promote more discussion and understanding about dissociative identity disorder and to support individuals living with mental illness. The film opened in selected theaters around the country on April 4. More on the film, here. Interview with Halle Berry.

Mental Health Workforce Forums

Mental health workforce development forums are being held around the state this spring. Your input is needed!  Find meeting locations, here. Participate in a survey to help improve the workforce.

Mental Health Care Crisis

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds spoke to a National Press Club audience on Mar. 31 about his ideas to address the mental health care crisis in America.  Listen on MPR.  See 60 Minutes interview; also, article in Roanoke Times.

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

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
LifeSpan Pulls Plug on Golden Valley Site, MNPost 2-26-14
Golden Valley Officials Earn 'Black Eye', StarTribune 2-20-14
Golden Valley Reversal is Teachable Moment, MNPost 2-19-14
Fear & Hostility Block Treatment, StarTribune 2-16-14
Golden Valley Rejects Plan to Treat Children, StarTribune 2-11-14
Soul Searching on Permit Denial, MinnPost 2-9-14
NAMI Challenges Golden Valley Permit Decision, YouTube 2-8-14
Golden Valley Decision Causes Controversy, MPR News 2-8-14
Golden Valley Votes Down Treatment Center, 12TVNews 2-7-14
Mentally Ill Often in Jails that Can't Help, MPR News 1-21-14

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