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
May is Mental Health Month and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday, May 5. NAMI Minnesota’s children’s program team will help coordinate programs in metro area schools this year through its Walk in My Shoes and Ending the Silence programs. Green is the designated color for mental illness awareness, and the 35W and Lowry bridges in Minneapolis will be lit in Green on May 5. Join in by wearing a green ribbon, or something green on that day, or during May to show your support! Find more events, here.
The NAMIWalks Information Meeting will be held May 4, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., at Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., in Minneapolis. Whether you are new to NAMIWalks or a walk veteran, your first steps begin here. Learn how to plan your Walk team, how to volunteer with NAMIWalks, and how NAMI Minnesota is making a difference. Please RSVP to Raquel at email@example.com or sign up, here.
Beyond the Baby Blues is a full-day conference designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during, and after pregnancy. This year's conference will be held on May 19, from 8:30-3:00 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Bufford Avenue, in St. Paul. The conference offers 4.5 CEUs for social workers and psychologists. For information, please call 651-645-2948 or 1-888-NAMI-Helps. Find the conference agenda and registration, here.
Join in a free, Youth Mental Health First Aid course on April 30, in Mendota Heights. This version of Mental Health First Aid is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with youth and young adults, such as parents, school staff, sports coaches, youth workers and volunteers. Like the adult version it teaches the basic first aid skills needed to help a young person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.) Mendota Heights, April 30, from 8:00-5:00, Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave., in roomA-241 (Register, here.)
NAMI has a position open for a part-time parent educator. Provide education and support to parents of children and teens in Dakota County. Organize parents to advocate for themselves and others. Work with providers to be family driven and family friendly. See job posting.
Work in partnership with Ramsey/Washington NAMI affiliate groups to strengthen presence within their communities. Implement strategies to build partnerships with community organization. Assist in implementing strategies to increase Ramsey/Washington NAMI affiliate’s presence within local government. See job description.
Need a presentation on mental health? Please schedule as soon as possible for May is Mental Health Month. NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program and Speakers Bureau offer informative and inspirational programs, including MakeItOk presentations by a NAMI speaker. See list of available presentations and sign up, here.
Mental Health Day at the Capitol drew hundreds of people from around the state on March 31 to advocate for better mental health services. People living with a mental illness, family members, mental health professionals,and others listened as speakers discussed this year's key issues and followed that up with visits to legislators. The event was sponsored by over 35 organizations that make up the MN Mental Health Legislative Network. NAMI Minnesota co-chairs the network. Find MHLN's 2016 legislative goals.
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.
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.
Sister Wants Play to Honor Brother, TwinCities.com, 4-22-16
Human Services Commissioner Hosts Tour of MSH, KSTP-TV 4-7-16
Family of Slain Man Urges Police MH Training, StarTribune 3-29-16
Lawmakers Push for MH Funding for Schools, KSTP-TV 3-28-16
Mental Illness Training for Firefighters in Rosemount, KSTP 3-19-16
DHS Commissioner Seeks More Funding for Anoka, KSTP 3-17-16
Legislators Get Earful on Problems at Anoka, Fox9News 3-17-16
Strategy for Improving Anoka-Metro RTC, StarTribune 3-16-16
New Resources for Students, TheDailyCampus 3-9-16
Auditor Urges Overhaul of MH Services in Jails, StarTribune 3-3-16
Officers Push for Increased MH Training, KSTP-TV 3-1-16
New Approach on Crisis Calls, TwinCities.com 2-29-16
Advocates Demand Reform at Anoka-Metro RTC, KSTP-TV 2-29-16
Interview with New DHS Commissioner, MinnPost 2-26-16
Officers Lack Key Mental Health Training, KSTP-TV 2-26-16
Patients Suffer Mistreatment at Anoka-Metro RTC, KSTP-TV 2-18-16
Funding Students' Mental Health Support, ForestLakeTimes 2-16-16
Mork is Businessperson of the Year, SunThisWeek 1-14-16
Anoka Hospital Violated Basic Rules, StarTribune 1-16-16
MN's Mental Health Legislative Gains, MinnPost 1-6-16
Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)