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 Vet Connection
Talk to someone who understands...someone who's been there.
NAMI Vet Connection Group is a program that gives veterans the opportunity to talk with other veterans and share their experiences, as well as the successes and hardships of the reintegration process.
Challenges on Two Fronts, Stillwater Gazette 11-9-12
For Courts, Cops, a Primer on PTSD, Star Tribune 4-17-12
MN National Guard Confronts Mental Health Stigma, MPR News 3-9-11
If you are interested in forming a Vet Connection group, contact Brian Jost: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpline Available for Returning Vets and Families
A toll-free telephone self-assessment line has been started by the military in an effort to reach soldiers and family members who might not otherwise seek help for post-traumatic stress or other psychological disorders. Participants get transferred to a counselor if they are suicidal or want to talk to a live person. The phone number is operated around the clock: 1-877-877-3647.
Helpline for Iraqi War Veterans
This helpline helps connects veterans with services, 1-888-LinkVet.
Webpage for Returning Vets
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's website has launched a new webpage for veterans and their families. The page provides information on prevention, treatment, and recovery support for mental illness and substance abuse.
Hope For Recovery Resource Guide
This 2013 resource guide provides a variety of highly useful information for navigating the mental health care system and finding the right services, contacts and supports. Download, here.
Women's Distrust of VA Hard to Shed,
Veterans Court Project Begins, Star Tribune, 7-12-10
Vet Connection Offers Confidential Help - Minnesota Legionnaire, Jan. 1, 2010
Army's Record Suicide Rate - Washington Post, 11-16-09
NAMI Video Helps Families of Returning Soldiers
NAMI Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) recently collaborated on a video to help families called, "Coming Home: Supporting Your Soldier." The program has aired many times on TPT and is also available in DVD or VHS for $20. Contact the NAMI office to order. What they are saying: "Cheers to you again for producing something so powerful for people in the community." For a brochure and order form, click here. The program will also be aired on public TV statewide several more times throughout the year.
"Give an Hour" Program Helps Returning Vets
For services, go to www.giveanhour.org to locate a provider near you. If no provider is available, contact Give an Hour at email@example.com and a provider will be located. Mental health professionals willing to give an hour of their time each week for a minimum of one year can also go to the same link listed above.