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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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NAMI's Holiday Give Drive 2017

Help NAMI Minnesota make the season a little brighter for children, teens and adults with mental illnesses hospitalized over the holidays. Gifts are needed for adults and children (ages 6-18) in psychiatric units, and for adults in residential programs. Wanted are new, unwrapped and safe gifts, nothing sharp or breakable, nothing with ribbons or strings or wires. Find gift suggestions. Gifts can be dropped off from Dec. 1 to Dec. 21, from 9:00-5:00, at NAMI, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, in St. Paul.

Reports Show Disparities in Mental Health Care

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Milliman Research released two big reports on Nov. 30 highly critical of continuing disparities between access to mental health care and physical health care.  What they found was not good news for people with mental illnesses, said NAMI Minnesota’s executive director Sue Abderholden. She remarked, “The data is in: the inequities for people seeking mental health care are real. And this means that people with mental illness aren’t getting the care they deserve.” Read more and find reports.

NAMI Minnesota Sets 2018 Legislative Goals

Reports from NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Issues surveys provided important information to use in the development of its goals for the coming year. The surveys were designed to target three specific groups: adults, children and providers. NAMI's legislative agenda will address many issues, along with its work with the MN Legislative Network. The Legislative Sesion starts Feb. 20.  Mental Health Day at the Capitol is set for  March 15. Check out NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Goals.

12-Week Family-to-Family Courses Available

Learn about mental illnesses, the brain, treatment, and resources to help a loved one living with a mental illness. Attendees will also build communication skills, reduce stress, find support and discover the common stages of emotional responses when supporting someone with a mental illness. This class meets weekly for two and a half hours for 12-weeks and is for family and friends of an adult living with a mental illness. Find more, here.

Faith Communities and People with Mental Illnesses & Their Families

Increase your understanding of the role faith and faith communities play in recovery for people living with mental illnesses as you increase your understanding of mental illnesses, learn the impact of the associated stigma, and learn about NAMI and its resources.
* Burnsville, Jan. 14, 10:25-11:20 a.m., Nativity Episcopal Church 15601 Maple Island Road. For information, contact 952-435-8687 or nativity@nativitymn.org. Free & open to the public.

Crisis Beds, IRTS Available Immediately in Fridley

Touchstone’s new program that opened in early November in Fridley, is offering Crisis Stabilization Services that are designed to serve individuals in crisis with immediate treatment needs.  Immediate IRTS and crisis openings are available, something that almost never happens. To find out more, contact Touchstone Mental Health, Lyric Lane 24-hour Referrals for Crisis Services with immediate availability: 612-314-1130.

Creating Caring Communities

Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a NAMI Minnesotamental illness. This one-hour workshop is for any community or organization interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses.
* St. Paul, Jan. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. Free & open to the public.
* Chanhassen, Jan. 24, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Chanhassen High School, 220 Lyman Blvd. Free & open to the public.

Parent Survey on Children's Residential Treatment

This NAMI Minnesota survey is for parents of children about the development of PRTFs or Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities. PRFTs offer services that are less intensive than inpatient hospital care but more intensive than our current residential programs. Please describe what improvements you would like to see to children’s residential treatment. Take Survey.

NAMI WebConnect Support Groups

NAMI Minnesota has two web-based support groups for people living with a mental illness called NAMI WebConnect. One is for adults living with a mental illness, and the other is for young adults, ages 18-30. Find out how to access the groups, here.

Workplace Giving to NAMI Minnesota

NAMI Minnesota is a member of Community Health Charities. If you have a workplace giving program, please consider designating your donation to NAMI Minnesota. You can also designate NAMI Minnesota if you use United Way, Thrivent Choice or other workplace giving programs. To donate be sure to write in NAMI Minnesota (not just NAMI, unless you intend your donation to go to the national organization). Your support is greatly appreciated.

NAMI Minnesota Talks Mental Health

As part of its 40th year anniversary activities NAMI Minnesota has created podcast interviews and blogs with a number of its members from founders to current day activists. The series, called Mental Health in Minnesota, is part of NAMI Minnesota's 40 Stories of Hope/Voices for Change.

NAMI's Online Classes for Professionals Offer CEUs

NAMI Minnesota is a Continuing Education Provider approved by the Board of Social Work, St. Paul, Minnesota. Continuing Education Provider Approval #CEP-83.  Online courses Allies in Recovery and Compassion in Action each provide 2 CEUs upon completion. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. You may then download and print a course completion certificate.

Understanding Civil Commitment Booklet

NAMI's booklet Understanding the Minnesota Civil Commitment Process provides information on dealing with crisis situations, the steps in the process, pre-commitment screening, hospitals and emergency treatment, commitment standards, common questions, and alternatives to commitment. Download, here.

Civil Commitment Online Training & Education

The MN Dept. of Human Services has just developed an online training and education on the civil commitment process.

In the News

Totino-Grace Holds MH Awareness Week, SunFocus 12-11-17
Saving Lives Via Text Message, NPR 11-26-17
I'm Tired of Being the Scapegoat for Shootings, StarTribune 11-8-17
Brainerd Hospital Turns Away Psych Patients, StarTribune 11-2-17
Brainerd Hospital Denies Treatment, NewsCut 11-2-17
Completing Paul Wellstone's Legacy, StarTribune 10-25-17
Patients Stuck in Anoka Cost $90 million, StarTribune 10-14-17
Green Bandanas Raise Awareness at U of M, MNDaily, 10-11-17
New Police Unit to Respond to MH Calls, CBS Local 10-5-17
Get Information on Mental Illness, Forest Lake Times 10-3-17
Walk to Eliminate Mental Health Stigma, KARE11 9-22-17
MN Crisis Intervention Training Program, StarTribune 9-16-17
Cuts for MH Providers Prompt Protest, StarTribune 9-6-17
Patients to Hold Outdoor Concert, MinnPost 8-14-17
Musicians Fight to De-Stigmatize Mental Illness, StarTribune 8-3-17

Find it Fast

Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers for Children and Adults (Statewide by county)

Mental Health Crisis Resource page

Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL) for Providers

Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Support

Fast-Tracker - Find Mental Health Resources

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Location Finder

County Resource Finder

Civil Commitment Online Training

NIMH Research Updates   

Request a Presentation from NAMI Minnesota

More information about NAMI Minnesota