Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
Over 500 people joined in Mental Health Day at the Capitol on March 12 supporting advocacy efforts to build a better foundation for Minnesota’s mental health system and ensure access to effective mental health care across the state. They made visits to legislators and passed on mini construction hats to them with the message Mental Health, We Know What Works, Let’s Build on it! With strong support from the Governor and legislative leaders, advocates are hoping 2015 will be a banner year for mental health. MHLN Legislative Goals.
NAMI's Spring Gala will be held April 25 at International Market Square in Minneapolis. "Bright Lights on Broadway" will be this year's theme and everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite Broadway character. The Gala will feature a Silent Auction and Cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m., a fabulous dinner and live auction at 7:15 p.m., and music by The Classic Big Band with Vocalist Reeves Cary at 8:30 p.m. The Gala helps fund NAMI's programs of education, support and advocacy. Download Gala RSVP here, and mail to NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31, St. Paul, MN 55114, or register online, here.
NAMI Minnesota, key legislators from both sides of the aisle, health care and other mental health advocacy organizations came together at a press conference on March 10 to express support for building on the foundation of Minnesota’s mental health system to ensure access to effective mental health care across the state. Read more, here. Also, see MNpost article.
The Governor's budget was released on Jan. 27 and it is full of great news. NAMI Minnesota would like to thank Governor Dayton for increasing funding for critical mental health services in Minnesota. The Governor's budget puts the money into programs that work and if passed, will definitely help build up the capacity of our system to meet the needs. It also addresses the fragility of our system; focuses on prevention and early intervention; and provides more access to treatment, care and community supports. Read more in NAMI's press release, here. Also see op-ed article.
NAMI Minnesota offers a wide variety of presentations on mental illnesses for groups and organizations. Find information, here.
PAL (Psychiatric Assistance Line) assists providers in locating psychiatric resources for clients. “PAL is a free service available to health professionals every Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Any healthcare provider can call for mental health triage and referral, or for a consultation with a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist regarding a patient. This is a free service provided by PrairieCare Medical Group through a grant from DHS.” – From PrairieCare website. PAL is a 2015 community impact health initiative award winner.
Nearly all Americans believe the state of mental health and addiction in the United States is a serious problem, and 70 percent believe it requires “significant” or “radical” changes, according to new public opinion research released on Feb. 3. Read more.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed in 2008, means that health insurance companies must provide coverage for mental illnesses and substance use disorders at the same level they cover any other illness. Know your rights under the parity law and who to contact to make sure you are getting equal coverage. See Poster - Fair Insurance Coverage: It's the Law.
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.
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.
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,
Regents Vote to Suspend U Psychiatric Studies,
Empathy Instead of Force, StarTribune 3-25-15
Jail Diversion Proposal Opposed by Advocates, StarTribune 3-23-15
U Halts Recruiting for Psychiatric Research, StarTribune 3-23-15
Electronic Health Records & Psychotherapy, StarTribune 3-22-15
Auditor: U Should Suspend Psychiatric Drug Trials, StarTribune 3-20-15
Woman Uses Sister's Art to Break Stigma, StarOnline 3-15-15
Legislative Proposals for Mental Health, MNPost 3-13-15
Julio Salazar Runs for Mental Health, MNPost 3-12-15
Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness, SunPost 2-17-15
Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Passes, StarTribune 2-3-15
Spending Plan Focuses on Children, Mental Illness, DailyPlanet 2-2-15
Fully Fund MH Services, StarTribune 1-28-15
Downsizing DHS, StarTribune 1-27-15
Bringing MH First Aid to MN, DailyGlobe 1-21-15
Mental Health Workers Shortage, St. Cloud Times 1-18-15
Strategies Shift for Treating Mental Illnesses, StarTribune 1-20-15
Shortage of Psychiatrist in Rural MN, StarTribune 1-17-15
Police Focus on MH Crisis, DuluthNewsTribune 1-4-15
MN Moving in Right Direction, Grand Forks Herald 12-21-14
MN's 2014 MH Measures Cited as Models, MinnPost 12-17-14
Mental Illness is the Wrong Scapegoat, Vanderbilt University 12-11-14
Getting Help for Postpartum Depression, KSTP TV 12-8-14
New Building, New Era in Children's MH, StarTribune 12-1-14
Role Playing Helps MH Crisis Responders, MinnPost 11-25-14
Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)