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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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NAMIWalks Kickoff Breakfast Set

The NAMIWalks Kickoff Breakfast is set for Aug. 6, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Pinstripes in Edina. Join us to help build momentum for NAMIWalks and give our team captains and participants the tools they need to lead a fun and successful Walk fundraising and awareness campaign. Register, here.

Tom's Big Ride Passing through Iowa

Tom Mork's 2,100 mile bike ride for mental illness awareness began July 6 at the Gulf of Mexico and will follow the Mississippi river to its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. On Day 24 the bikers passed through Davenport, Iowa. Funds raised from this venture known as Tom’s Big Ride will go to support NAMI Minnesota's programs. Over $100,000 has been raised so far! Follow Tom's Big Ride on Facebook. See StarTribune article. Also, Lakeville Man Fights Stigma, TwinCities.com 7-3-15. Riding to Raise Funds for NAMI, StarTribune 7-17-15

Family-to-Family Fall Classes

Registration has started for NAMI's free, 12-week Family-to-Family classes. This class is for family members and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness. Gain insight and information to empower and support yourself and your loved one. Find a class in your area.

Over $50 Million in New Mental Health Funding

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.

Volunteer with NAMI at the State Fair

NAMI Minnesota will have a booth at the Minnesota State Fair again this year, Aug. 27 to Sept. 7. NAMI staff and volunteers will be in the education building from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day to offer fair visitors information on mental illness. If you would like to volunteer for one or more 4-hour shifts at the NAMI booth call 651-645-2948 or email to: volunteer.resources@namimn.org.

IOOV Speakers in Elk River, Benson

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. Several free IOOV presentations open to the public are listed below.
• Elk River, Aug. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Handke Center, 1170 Main Street. Contact Kathy Daulton, kathydaulton14@yahoo.com or 612-803-4077.
• Benson, Sept. 2, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Swift County Human Services, 410 21st St. S.

NAMI Award Nominations Sought

The NAMI Minnesota Awards recognize outstanding efforts in support of NAMI’s mission and goals. To nominate someone for a 2015 NAMI Award, write a note of 100 words or less about the person or organization you are nominating. See categories and more information, here.

Daughters and Sons Support Group Starts

Daughters and Sons, a support group for young adults aged 16-20 who have a parent with a mental illness, will start meeting in June. The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.

NAMI Minnesota's 2014 Annual Report

NAMI Minnesota's 2014 Annual Report is now available. View or download a copy, here.

PAL Helps Providers Find Resources for Clients

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.

Find a Speaker

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.

Poll on Services for Mental Health and Addiction

Nearly all Americans believe the state of mental health and addiction in the United States is a serious problem, and 70 percent believe it requires “significant” or “radical” changes, according to recent public opinion research. Read more.

Two Videos Educate Hospital Staff, Offer Hope

NAMI Minnesota helped produced two short videos to increase the awareness of hospital staff and 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 reminds staff that people can recover. Stories of Recovery helps current patients realize they are not alone and offers encouragement and hope.

Parent Warmline

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.

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

Restraints & Seclusion at St. Peter, StarTribune 7-29-15
The Uncommittables, MNPost 7-25-15
Riding to Raise Funds for NAMI, StarTribune 7-17-15
Lakeville Man Fights Stigma, TwinCities.com 7-3-15
Program for Early Detection of Psychosis, StarTribune 6-23-15
Riverwoods Aftermath, Chisago County Press 6-18-15
U to Bar Speaking Fees for Researchers, StarTribune 6-12-15
2,100 mile Bike Ride to Benefit NAMI, StarTribune 6-9-15
MH System Gets Boost, StarTribune 5-29-15
$46 Million for Mental Health, MNPost 5-27-15
May is Mental Health Month, PressPubs 5-26-15
Finding the Light (Part 1 of 3), Albert Lea Tribune 5-24-15
New Oversight Proposed for U of M Research, StarTribune 5-18-15

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