Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
NAMI Minnesota will have a couple of Holiday gift drives again this year. Unwrapped, safe gifts - nothing with wires, sharp edges or breakable - are needed for children hospitalized over Christmas in inpatient psychiatric wards (ages 6 to 18); for adults with mental illnesses hospitalized over the holidays in inpatient psychiatric wards; and for adults in residential facilities over the holidays. Find gift ideas here. Gifts can be dropped off at the NAMI office weekdays between 9:00-5:00, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 20.
The Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis will be hosting James Clark's world record breaking attempt “Sit Ups to Stand Up for Mental Health Awareness" on Dec. 20, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Clark will try to break a previous record of over 2,200 sit-ups and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to NAMI Minnesota. There will be happy hour specials for food and drinks, as well as a DJ and special performances throughout the evening. See Poster.
Winter 2014 Family-to-Family Education classes are now forming for family members who have a loved one living with a mental illness. Learn about mental illnesses, identify resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Join others for this free, 12-week series taught by experienced family members. Over 3,000 Minnesota families have benefited from taking this class. For information or to register, contact the person listed in your area.
Jan. 8, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00, Jewish Family Service, 1633 7th St. W., Debbie at 952-836-5927 or Marilyn at 651-497-6858
• Grand Rapids, Jan. 9, Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, Grand Rapids Community Presbyterian Church, 703 North Pokegama Ave., Pat or Holly at 218-326-0841
• Savage, Jan. 15, Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30, Savage Public Library, 13090 Alabama Ave. S., Will or Janet at 952-890-1669
• Excelsior, Jan. 27, Mondays, 6:30-9:00, Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St.,Tom at 952-412-7385
NAMI's State Conference, held Nov. 16 at the St. Paul RiverCentre, drew over 300 people to hear nationally known keynote speakers, attend workshops on current mental health issues, browse through resource information and meet others in the mental health community. The conference included NAMI's always popular Awards Luncheon. Find presentation powerpoints.
NAMI Minnesota thanks its friends and supporters for their generosity on Give to the Max Day, Nov. 14. A nearly six-hour crash in the website for the 24-hour giving blitz to non-profit organizations made for a very exciting day. NAMI Minnesota put up a link for donations on its own website and was able to reach its goal, raising over $17,000. With donations doubled by the DanOFund, over $33,000 was raised!
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,
NAMI members joined in a recent series of videos to raise community awareness:
- "What are the symptoms of mental illness," here. - "What does mental illness look like," here. - "What does the community know about mental health," here.
NAMI Minnesota continues its efforts to improve public understanding of mental illnesses with its Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid classes, its Suicide Safety and Mental Illness in the Workplace workshops, In Our Own Voice presentations, and a new Speakers' Bureau. NAMI has also joined with HealthPartners in an effort to reduce myths and silence through its MakeItOk campaign. For information contact email@example.com, or call 651-645-2948 or 1-888-626-4435, or schedule a program here. See Responding to the Mental Health Needs in Your Community, here.
NAMI Minnesota has published an updated version of its popular Minnesota's Adult Mental Health Resource Guide: Hope for Recovery which provides useful information for navigating the mental health care system and finding the right services, contacts and supports. Hard copies of the booklet are also available.
“Childrens Challenging Behaviors A Six Session Workshop for American Indian Families - Oshki Bi’maa-diziwin’Anishinabe” has been developed by NAMI Minnesota. For information about this resource guide, contact Cynthia Fashaw at 651-645-2948 x108.
Reframing Mental Illness is a podcast developed by Ruth Koscielak and NAMI Minnesota to raise awareness of mental illnesses and to promote dignity and hope. Topics include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, stigma, childhood trauma, parenting tools for military families, and more. Go to RuthToday.
Mental Illness has Many Factors,
Mentally Ill Swamp Minnesota's Jails & Courts, StarTribune 12-11-13
$100 Million to Increase Access to Mental Health Services, White House press release
What to Say When Someone's Struggling with Mental Illness, InForum 11-30-13
Insurers Fall Short, StarTribune, 11-18-13
Minnesotan's Recall Mental Health Parity Trail, MNPost 11-13-13
Program Sheds Light on Mental Illness, StarTribune 11-13-13
A Milestone for Mental Health Parity, MNPost 11-8-13
Will We Ever Make it OK? MNPost 11-6-13
Make it OK, the Role of the College, TPT 10-25-13