Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114
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NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk increase public awareness of mental illnesses, fight stigma and raise funds for NAMI Minnesota is set for Saturday, Sept. 24 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Join with thousands of people for this festive celebration of hope. Form a Walk team, join a team or walk individually. There will be live music, speakers, picnics, kids tent, tree of hope, t-shirt contest, team photos, and more. KSTP's Ken Barlow will emcee. Check in begins at 11:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 1:00 p.m. More than 140 teams and over 1,230 walkers have signed up already. Click the NAMIWalks logo for more information and to register.
Over 100 volunteers are needed for a variety of duties at NAMIWalks Minnesota, from helping with sign posting, to registration, moving tables, giving directions, staffing tables, setting up and picking up, and more. To find out more on how you can help, sign up here.
NAMI's grassroots 40-city tour – "40 Years of Change" – is off and running. The free presentations by NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden will cover the history of the mental health system in Minnesota and the many positive changes NAMI Minnesota has helped to create. We will also seek input from community members about their current needs and hopes for the future. Open to the public. Registration encouraged but not required. The tour is one of the events celebrating NAMI Minnesota's 40th Anniversary.
Stillwater, Sept. 19, 12:00-1:30, FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave. S. (Register, here.)
Montevideo, Sept. 28, 8:00-9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 731 North 11th St. (Register, here.)
Willmar, Sept. 28, 12:00-1:30, YMCA, 1000 Lakeland Drive SE (Register, here.)
Hutchinson, Sept. 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Ridgewater College, 2 Century Ave. SE, in Room 151 (Register, here.)
International Falls, Oct. 3, 8:00-9:30 a.m., Rainy River Community College, 1501 US-71, in Room H-104 (Register, here.)
Virginia, Oct. 3, 12:00-1:30, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 901 4th St. S. (Register, here.)
Grand Rapids, Oct. 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 703 N Pokegama Ave. (Register, here.)
NAMI Minnesota's booth at the Minnesota State Fair is drawing over 500 people a day who stop by for information and resources. Countless others notice NAMI's presence, as the booth is staffed from 9:00-9:00 during all 12 days of the Fair.
NAMI Minnesota Awards recognize outstanding efforts to support of NAMI’s mission and goals. To nominate someone, write a note of 100 words or less about the person or organization. Nominations are due by Sept. 2. Send to: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul, MN 55114, or FAX to: 651-645-7379. The 2016 awards will be presented at NAMI’s State Conference on Nov. 5. See award categories, here.
Copies of NAMI Minnesota’s 2015 Annual Report, “Envisioning a Brighter Future” are now available. To download or see the report, click here.
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passed the House of Representatives on July 6 on a voice vote. The bill now goes to the Senate. NAMI national says the bi-partisan bill, H.R. 2646, would enhance crisis response services, provide grants to track inpatient and residential beds, promote early intervention and support integration of mental health, substance use and primary care. It also would refocus existing programs and remove federal barriers to care. See press release, here.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is holding another working group on case management. NAMI Minnesota wants to hear from you about the important components of case management. The survey should take no more than five minutes and is for both children and adults.
NAMI's booklet Understanding the Minnesota Civil Commitment Process (May 2016) 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.
The MN Dept. of Human Services has just developed an online training and education on the civil commitment process.
The Ramsey Co. Children’s Mental Health Advisory Council is looking for input from community members, parents, and providers about their experience with Ramsey County Human Services regarding emotional, behavioral and mental health. For information, see flyer.
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.
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.
Dakota Co. Seeks Help Not Jail, StarTribune 8-25-16
Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Dark, ElkRiverStar 8-18-16
MH Advocate to Speak in Elk River, ElkRiverStar 8-16-16
U of M Adds $300,000 for Student MH, UofM-TC 6-10-16
U of M May Add $500,000 for MH, KSTP-TV 6-9-16
MH Gets $48 Million in New Funding, StarTribune 5-30-16
Interview with Royce White, GoodMen.com 5-23-16
Depression & Anxiety in Children, KARE11 5-21-16