Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
NAMI's Spring Gala will be held April 25 at International Market Square in Minneapolis. "Bright Lights on Broadway" will be this year's theme and everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite Broadway character. The Gala will feature a silent auction and cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m., a fabulous dinner and live auction at 7:15 p.m., and music by The Classic Big Band with Vocalist Reeves Cary at 8:30 p.m.
Beyond the Baby Blues is a full-day conference designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. It will be held on May 28 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Bufford Avenue, in St. Paul. Find more information and registration, here.
Need a speaker for May is Mental Health Month? 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.
Over 500 people joined in Mental Health Day at the Capitol on March 12 supporting advocacy efforts to build a better foundation for Minnesota’s mental health system and ensure access to effective mental health care across the state. They made visits to legislators and passed on mini construction hats to them with the message Mental Health, We Know What Works, Let’s Build on it! MHLN Legislative Goals.
NAMI Minnesota, key legislators from both sides of the aisle, health care and other mental health advocacy organizations came together at a press conference on March 10 to express support for building on the foundation of Minnesota’s mental health system to ensure access to effective mental health care across the state. Read more, here. Also, see MNpost article.
Provide education and support to parents of children and teens who live with a mental illness • Organize parents to advocate for themselves and others • Work with providers to be family driven and family friendly. See job description and details, here.
Tom Mork, a middle-aged banker in Lakeville, MN, will begin a two-month, 2,100 mile bike ride for mental illness awareness on 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.” Find out how to support Tom’s ride at tomsbigride.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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,
Suspending U's Research Not Helpful,
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
Jail Diversion Proposal Opposed by Advocates, StarTribune 3-23-15
U Halts Recruiting for Psychiatric Research, StarTribune 3-23-15
Electronic Health Records & Psychotherapy, StarTribune 3-22-15
Auditor: U Should Suspend Drug Trials, StarTribune 3-20-15
Woman Uses Sister's Art to Break Stigma, StarOnline 3-15-15
Legislative Proposals for Mental Health, MNPost 3-13-15
Julio Salazar Runs for Mental Health, MNPost 3-12-15
Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness, SunPost 2-17-15
Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Passes, StarTribune 2-3-15
Plan Focuses on Children, Mental Illness, DailyPlanet 2-2-15
Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)