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Join Us for Mental Health Day on the Hill - March 12

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for improving the quality of, and access to, mental health services. This year’s theme is: “We know what works, let’s build on it." The Mental Health Legislative Network will hold it’s 30th annual Mental Health Day on the Hill on March 12. Join us in celebrating and continuing our advocacy successes. Because the Capitol Rotunda is closed for construction, the Network will gather at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave. W. - just north of the Capitol. A briefing and rally will be held from 10:00-12:30, followed by visits to legislators. Use this form to share information about or to join legislative appointments. Register for free buses from greater Minnesota.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28

"Eating disorders – such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect both a person’s emotional and physical health. In the United States alone, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Eating disorders can include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. These conditions affect all kinds of people and don’t discriminate by race, age, sex, age or size. If you or someone you care about might be suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to educate yourself and seek professional guidance as soon as possible because early intervention is key to successful recovery." - From NEDA website, which urges all to Get in the Know.

Governor's Plan Would Boost Mental Health Services

The Governor's budget was released on Jan. 27 and it is full of great news. NAMI Minnesota would like to thank Governor Dayton for increasing funding for critical mental health services in Minnesota. The Governor's budget puts the money into programs that work and if passed, will definitely help build up the capacity of our system to meet the needs. It also addresses the fragility of our system; focuses on prevention and early intervention; and provides more access to treatment, care and community supports. Read more in NAMI's press release, here.  Also see op-ed article.

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.

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis Class

This new NAMI class will help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery. The class is free, but registration is required.
* Bloomington, April 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Rd.; Register, here.
• St. Louis Park, June 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Park Nicollet Melrose Institute, Namaste Conference Room, 3525 Monterey Drive (Register, here.)

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.

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

Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness, SunPost 2-17-15
Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Passes, StarTribune 2-3-15
Spending Plan Focuses on Children, Mental Illness, DailyPlanet 2-2-15
Fully Fund MH Services, StarTribune 1-28-15
Downsizing DHS, StarTribune 1-27-15
Bringing MH First Aid to MN, DailyGlobe 1-21-15
Mental Health Workers Shortage, St. Cloud Times 1-18-15
Strategies Shift for Treating Mental Illnesses, StarTribune 1-20-15
Shortage of Psychiatrist in Rural MN, StarTribune 1-17-15
Police Focus on MH Crisis, DuluthNewsTribune 1-4-15
MN Moving in Right Direction, Grand Forks Herald 12-21-14
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

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