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Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
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Crisis Residence Press Conference, Sept. 2

NAMI Minnesota and other leading mental health organizations will hold a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2:00 p.m. concerning attempts to block the relocation of the Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence to a new site on the east side of St. Paul at 1784 La Crosse Avenue. It will be held at NAMI's office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, in St. Paul. Find more, here. See 8-31-15 Legislative Alert.

NAMIWalks is Changing Minds

NAMIWalks Minnesota is set for Sept. 26 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and the Community & Technical College field house in Rochester. Over 1,350 walkers and 140 Walk teams have signed up already and $188,000 has been raised toward a goal of $425,000. Join with more than 4,000 walkers who are expected for this inspiring event! NAMIWalks will feature live music by the Robert Everest Expedition, picnics, team photos, resource tables, a kids tent, face-painters, a tree of hope, a t-shirt contest and more. Start a team, register individually or donate. Follow NAMIWalks Minnesota on Facebook.  See the NAMIWalks How To Guide. Share a NAMIWalks Poster. For sponsorship information, contact Raquel Grad: rgrad@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x112.

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.

Vote on Crisis Residence Relocation Delayed

The St. Paul City Council voted to delay its decision on People Incorporated's proposal to relocate its Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence from 1593 Hewitt Avenue to a former convent at 1784 La Crosse Avenue. See Pioneer Press supportive editorial. See MNPost Article, Aug. 26 - Will St. Paul Let Crisis Center Move to East Side. A zoning change to permit the new facility was recommended for approval by city staff and by the Planning Commission on July 10. However, since then some neighbors have been vocal about not wanting this program in their neighborhood. See Action Alert • 8-23-15 Council Vote on Crisis Home this week, here.  Action Alert • 8-13-15 Call the St. Paul City Council, here.  Also, St. Paul Should Approve Crisis Center Move, StarTribune 8-19-15.

Tom's Big Ride Reaches Mississippi Headwaters

Tom's Big Ride touched down its tires in the Mississippi Headwaters on Thursday, Aug. 13, finishing an amazing a 2,100 mile bike ride for mental illness awareness! The journey began July 6 at the Gulf of Mexico and followed the Mississippi river to its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. Funds raised from Tom’s Big Ride will go to support NAMI Minnesota's programs. Over $108,000 has been raised or pledged! Find 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. Uphill Ride for Mental Health Awareness, WinonaDailyNews 8-4-15. Bikers Wrap-Up 2,100 Mile Ride, StarTribune 8-13-15.

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.

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 began meeting in June. The group meets 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

St. Paul Should Approve Crisis Center Move, StarTribune 8-19-15
Bikers Wrap-Up 2,100 Mile Ride, StarTribune 8-13-15
Tom's Big Ride Nears Finish Line, SunThisWeek 8-12-15
Big Ride for Big Cause, RedWing RepublicanEagle 8-11-15
Bike Ride Passing through Brainerd, BrainerdDispatch 8-10-15
Riding for Family and a Cause, WinonaPost 8-10-15
Dad Bikes Mississippi to Raise Awareness, LaCrosseTribune 8-5-15
Uphill Ride for Mental Health Awareness, WinonaDailyNews 8-4-15
MN Security Hospital Still Needs Work, StarTribune 8-2-15
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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