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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 more than 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 $400,000 was raised to support NAMI’s programs for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. See photos. More event and team photos will be posted soon. Contributions to NAMIWalks will be taken through Nov. 24.
National Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 2-8 this year. This week is marked by community education efforts in all 50 states to raise awareness that mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions, and that there is help and hope for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Find resources, here.
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 encouraged but not required. The tour is one of the events celebrating NAMI Minnesota's 40th Anniversary.
Montevideo, Sept. 28, 8:00-9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 731 North 11th St. (Register, here.)
Willmar, Sept. 28, 12:00-1:30, YMCA, 1000 Lakeland Drive SE (Register, here.)
Hutchinson, Sept. 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Ridgewater College, 2 Century Ave. SE, in Room 151 (Register, here.)
International Falls, Oct. 3, 8:00-9:30 a.m., Rainy River Community College, 1501 US-71, in Room H-104 (Register, here.)
Virginia, Oct. 3, 12:00-1:30, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 901 4th St. S. (Register, here.)
Grand Rapids, Oct. 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 703 N Pokegama Ave. (Register, here.)
Find more October tour stops, here.
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passed the House of Representatives on July 6 on a voice vote. No action has been taken yet by the Senate. NAMI national says the bi-partisan bill, H.R. 2646, would enhance crisis response services, provide grants to track inpatient and residential beds, promote early intervention and support integration of mental health, substance use and primary care. It also would refocus existing programs and remove federal barriers to care. See press release, here. Call your U.S. Senator and tell them to demand a vote on S. 2680. Call 202-224-3121, press #1 and enter in your zip code. Not sure who represents you? Click here to find out.
NAMI Minnesota's booth at the Minnesota State Fair drew an average of over 500 people a day who stopped by for information and resources. Countless others noticed NAMI's booth which was staffed from 9:00 to 9:00 during all 12 days of the Fair.
Copies of NAMI Minnesota’s 2015 Annual Report, “Envisioning a Brighter Future” are now available. To download or see the report, click here.
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.
The Ramsey Co. Children’s Mental Health Advisory Council is looking for input from community members, parents, and providers about their experience with Ramsey County Human Services regarding emotional, behavioral and mental health. For information, see flyer.
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.
Ken Barlow - Man on a Mission, MNPost 9-16-16
MH Advocate in Hutchinson, CrowRiverMedia 9-15-16
MH Advocate in Montivideo, Willmar, WestCentralTribune 9-14-16
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