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NAMI Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
fax: 651-645-7379

email: namihelps@namimn.org

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Winter Family-to-Family Classes Offered

This course is 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 12-week series taught by experienced family members. To register, call the person listed in your area.
• Grand Rapids, CANCELLED, Jan. 5, Mondays, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., Contact Holly at 218-326-0841
• Lakeville, Jan. 6, Tuesdays, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., Contact Joan at 612-205-7080 (See flyer)
• Excelsior, Jan. 12, Mondays, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., Contact Tom at 952-412-7385 (See flyer)

Holiday Gift Drive is Big Success

Thank you to all who joined in NAMI Minnesota's Holiday gift drives! It has been very successful and inspiring. This weekend we will deliver many loads of unwrapped gifts for adults with mental illnesses hospitalized over the holidays in inpatient psychiatric wards; gifts for adults in residential facilities over the holidays; and gifts for children hospitalized over Christmas in inpatient psychiatric wards (ages 6 to 18). The gift drive ends today, Dec. 19, at 5:00. Particular types of gifts are sought, please see poster. Find more gift suggestions.

Your Rights and the Parity Law

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.

Vet Connection Support Group Starts Jan. 8

Talk to someone who understands...someone who's been there. NAMI Vet Connection is a program that gives veterans the opportunity to talk with other veterans and share their experiences, as well as the successes and hardships of the reintegration process. Starting Jan. 8, a NAMI Vet Connection group will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00, at the Minneapolis VA, One Veterans Drive, in Room 1P-156 (please meet first in the IP waiting room). If you have questions, please contact Roland at 513-519-9281 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Two Videos Educate Hospital Staff, Offer Hope

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. 

Parent Warmline

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

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, here.

In the News

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
NAMI to Hold State Conference on Mental Illness, KSTP-TV 11-9-14
Community Unites in MH Conversation, ECMPostReview 10-16-14
Wife of Twins Player Reveals Anxiety, CBSlocal.com 10-15-14
Speak Up for Mental Illness Awareness, RedWingRepEagle 10-8-14
State Searches for Solutions to Rising Suicides, StarTribune 10-7-14
State Hospital to Give Families Seat at Table, StarTribune 9-29-14
NAMI's Booklets Provide Relief, MinnPost 9-26-14
Alisha Perkins on Talking About Anxiety, Fox9.com 9-25-14
New Law Pushes MH System to Crisis Point, StarTribune 9-14-14

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