Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
NAMI will be accepting gifts for children and adults hospitalized over the holidays in local psychiatric in-patient units and adults in residential facilities. Particular types of gifts are sought - nothing sharp or breakable, no ribbons or strings. Please see gift suggestions, here. Gifts should be unwrapped and dropped off at the NAMI office from Dec. 1-18, between 9:00-5:00.
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 you with 2 CEUs upon completion. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. You may then download and print a course completion certificate.
An enormous crowd of between 4,000-5,000 people joined in the ninth annual NAMIWalks Minnesota, held Sept. 26 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and at the Community & Technical College field house in Rochester. There were more than 200 Walk teams and, although the figures aren't in, over $421,000 has been raised! Donations are accepted for NAMIWalk teams and individuals until Nov. 25. The family event featured live music, picnics, team photos, resource tables, a kids tent, face-painters, a tree of hope, dance performances, a t-shirt contest and more. See photos. Team photos. Holden photos. Witchell photos.
In this special NAMI event participants will learn about health insurance options, value of coverage, options under MNsure, MA expansion, changes to Minnesota Care and the benefits to people living with mental illnesses. See
MNsure Information Card.
Join us on Jan. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, in St. Paul, Suite 31 (Please register, here.)
Registration is in full swing for NAMI's free, fall & winter classes including Hope for Recovery, Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid and others. Find classes, here.
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.
The Anna Westin Act, Women's Press,
Most Kids Not Getting MH Screenings, DuluthNewsTribune 10-29-15
NAMI Minnesota State Conference, KSTP-TV 1-11-15
Mental Illness Awareness Week Op/Ed, AitkinAge 9-30-15
Reaching Out to Youth in Crisis – MN Health Care News/Sept. 2015
St. Paul Shows Leadership on Crisis Center, StarTribne 9-15-15
St. Paul Okays Zoning for Crisis Home, TwinCities.com 9-9-15
Council Approves Re-zoning for Crisis Facility, StarTribune 9-9-15
Supporters Urge Council To Approve Move, StarTribune 9-6-15
MH First Aid Training, ABC Newspapers 9-1-15
MH System Fixes Aren't Easy - Series, St.CloudTimes 8-31-15
Will St. Paul Let Crisis Center Move, MNPost 8-26-15
Finding a Path in the Spirit of Diane Ahrens, TwinCities.com 8-25-15
St. Paul Should Approve Crisis Center Move, StarTribune 8-19-15
Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)