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NAMI State Conference: Envisioning a Brighter Future

The NAMI Minnesota State Conference, titled Envisioning a Brighter Future, is set for Nov. 15, at the St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Boulevard. The conference will include 15 workshops on an exciting range of mental health topics. The opening keynoter will be Hakeem Rahim (pictured), a nationally known advocate and educator, who will share his inspirational story of recovery and wellness. Adam Levy, lead singer/songwriter of the Honeydogs will be the closing keynote speaker. See presenter bios. Find more information and registration.

Youth Track to be Part of NAMI State Conference

This year's NAMI State Conference will feature a “Youth Track” series including keynote speakers, break out sessions, and workshops geared towards teens and young adults. Up to 20 scholarships are available for teens and young adults ages 14-25. These scholarships cover the full admittance fee, any workshops you would like to attend, and lunch. See  Youth Track Flyer for more information.

Make Your Voice Heard - Vote!

This year's elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Be sure to make your voice heard by voting! Find out where to vote, here. Find voter information, here.

NAMIWalks Shines Awareness and Hope

On a beautiful, sun-splashed, 80 degree day, NAMIWalks shined awareness and hope throughout Minnesota. Over 200 teams from all corners of the state raised funds and raised awareness with their families, friends and communities and joined in the event on Sept. 27 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.There were 4,000 plus walkers at this year's amazing celebration and about $375,000 was raised for NAMI's programs for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Thanks to all who walked, donated and volunteered, and to all of our wonderful sponsors! See Walk photos. See More Walk photos. See Team Photos. More photos, here. Final numbers on the funds raised will also be posted. Thanks everyone!

NAMI Parent Leader Position Open

1) Provide education and support to parents who have children or teens who live with a mental illness, primarily in Dakota and Scott counties 2) Teach NAMI classes 3) Lead support groups 4) Teach families how to advocate for themselves. Find more details.

NAMI's National Day of Action Challenges Congress

Thanks everyone for speaking up and getting the attention of Congress on NAMI's National Day of Action. Tens of thousands throughout the country called on Congress on Sept. 4 to stop stalling, take action, pass legislation and support individuals living with mental illness and their families. Commentary from Roll Call.

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.

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.”

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

Community Unites in MH Conversation, ECMPostReview 10-16-14
Wife of Twins Player Reveals Anxiety, CBSlocal.com 10-15-14
Speak Up for Mental Illness Awareness, RedWingRepEagle 10-8-14
State Searches for Solutions to Rising Suicides, StarTribune 10-7-14
State Hospital to Give Families Seat at Table, StarTribune 9-29-14
NAMI's Booklets Provide Relief, MinnPost 9-26-14
Alisha Perkins on Talking About Anxiety, Fox9.com 9-25-14
New Law Pushes MH System to Crisis Point, StarTribune 9-14-14
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

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