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Tom's Big Ride Begins

Tom Mork, a middle-aged banker in Lakeville, MN, began a two-month, 2,100 mile bike ride for mental illness awareness today, July 6. Four others will join him for the entire ride and another 14 have signed on to do at least one more stages. They will follow the Mississippi river from Louisiana to the river’s source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. As a parent who struggled with his daughter’s bipolar diagnosis of several years ago, Tom has a story to tell which includes “ignorance, despair, bewilderment, humor, and yes…hope.” All funds raised from Tom’s Big Ride will go to support NAMI Minnesota's programs. Over $95,000 has been raised so far!  Go to tomsbigride.org. See StarTribune article. Also, Lakeville Man Fights Stigma, TwinCities.com 7-3-15.

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness; Have less access to and availability of mental health services; Often receive a poorer quality of mental health care; and are underrepresented in mental health research. Groups and organizations can organize all types of community events and activities to celebrate the Month - Find information, here.

Breakthrough Year for 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  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, 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.

Support Groups for New Moms

Meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 12:00-12:45 p.m. at Park Nicollet Clinic, 3800 Park Nicollet Blvd, 7th Floor, Dwan A, in St. Louis Park. You are not alone - and you don't need to struggle alone. Learn ways to cope with what's causing you stress, sadness, or anxiety. Connect with other moms experiencing similar feelings at a free drop-in support group. Come as often as you'd like - with or without your new baby. Please do not bring other children, as we are not able to accommodate siblings. Groups are facilitated by 2 experienced female therapists, skilled in helping and supporting women struggling with emotional concerns after having a baby. Women's Services, For more Information call 952-993-3307.

Community Outreach & Engagement Position Open

NAMI Minnesota has a position open to work with local affiliates to provide education and support in their communities. More, here.

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 new public opinion research released on Feb. 3. Read more.

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.  New PartityTrack website helps ensure parity implementation.

Two Videos Educate Hospital Staff, Offer Hope

NAMI Minnesota helped produced two short videos to increase the awareness and empathy of hospital staff towards people with mental illnesses and their families, 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 and get better. Stories of Recovery helps current patients 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

Lakeville Man Fights Stigma, TwinCities.com 7-3-15
Program for Early Detection of Psychosis, StarTribune 6-23-15
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
Running to End the Stigma, Stillwater Gazette 5-15-15
Runner Helps Break Stigma, Montevideo American News, 5-7-15
Man Runs Across MN for Mental Health, MPR-NewsCut, 5-4-15
Postvention: How We Communicate after a Suicide, MNPost 4-29-15
Suspending U's Research Not Helpful, StarTribune 4-14-15
U Psychiatry Chief Steps Down, StarTribune 4-9-15
Media Bungles Germanwings Coverage, NewsCut 3-30-15
Regents Suspend U Psychiatric Studies, StarTribune 3-27-15
Empathy Instead of Force, StarTribune 3-25-15

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