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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 appeared to be 4,000 plus walkers at this year's amazing celebration and about $350,000 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. Many more photos will be posted on this event, including team photos. Final numbers on the funds raised will also be posted. Thanks everyone!

Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 5-11

National Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 5-11. 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. Join one of NAMI Minnesota's Community Conversations on Mental Health. Wear something Green to show your support. Find out more about MIAW. Find suggested activities.

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.

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.

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. See Agenda and Learning Objectives, 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.”

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

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