Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
NAMI Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Dept. of Psychiatry will hold their annual Research Dinner on Feb. 24, from 5:30-8:30, at the Ramada Plaza, 1330 Industrial Blvd. NE, Minneapolis. Cost is $45 members, $55 non-members. Register, here.
You are invited to a free screening of the new movie Touched with Fire, which stars Katie Homes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. The film was inspired by the filmmaker's own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder. The event will be held Feb. 15 at AMC Southdale 16, 400 Southdale Road, in Edina. It will feature a film screening at 7:00 p.m. and discussion at 8:45 p.m. To attend, RSVP to RSVP@nemerfieger.com with your full name and number of guests attending. More information, here.
NAMI's Family-to-Family classes are for family members who have a loved one living with a mental illness. Learn about mental illness, identify resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Join others for this "life-changing" 12-week series taught by experienced family members. Classes are set for Excelsior, Cottage Grove, Lakeville, White Bear Lake, Plymouth, Minneapolis and Savage. More information, here.
Learn about the legislative process and how you can be an effective mental health advocate. Gain knowledge about the legislative process, ways to take legislative action, and how to get involved with public policy and be an advocate for NAMI Minnesota's legislative initiatives.
• St. Paul, on Feb. 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31 (Register, here.)
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 will 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.
Need a speaker on mental health? NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program and Speakers Bureau offer informative and inspirational programs, including MakeItOk presentations by a NAMI speaker. Sign up for a presentation, here.
Mental Health advocates are celebrating a breakthrough year as legislators approved $51 million in new funding this session for mental health services and treatment. Years of persistent education and awareness efforts finally brought a major boost to many of the state’s most effective community mental health services and will also help fill other glaring service gaps. See Funding Gains By the Numbers, here. More, here. NAMI Minnesota's 2015 Legislative Summary, 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.
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.
Mork is Businessperson of the Year,
Anoka Hospital Violated Basic Rules, StarTribune 1-16-16
MN's Mental Health Legislative Gains, MNPost 1-6-16
Campaign Works to Reduce Stigma, StarTribune 12-18-15
Mental Health Screening for Youth, LeCenter Leader 12-15-15
Mental Health Comes to Campuses, DuluthNewsTribune12-8-15
The Anna Westin Act, Women's Press, Nov. Issue 2015
NAMI Minnesota State Conference, KSTP-TV 11-1-15
Most Kids Not Getting MH Screenings, DuluthNewsTribune 10-29-15
Mental Illness Awareness Week Op/Ed, AitkinAge 9-30-15
Reaching Out to Youth in Crisis – MN Health Care News/Sept. 2015
Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)