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NAMI Minnesota
1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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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Ending the Silence to  Start in Schools

NAMI Minnesota will be offering a new class for youth, Ending the Silence, in the coming year. These free presentations, designed to fit into a 50-minute high school or middle school class period, will share information about how common mental illnesses are, signs and symptoms to look out for, and the personal story of a young adult who is doing well in recovery. Young people will receive resources to receive help or get help for a friend and information on how to fight the stigma of mental illnesses in their school.

If you are interested in teaching the class or sharing your story as a young adult, complete NAMI Minnesota’s volunteer application at namihelps.org. If you want to schedule a presentation for your school, contact NAMI at or 651-645-2948.

See short video on Ending the Silence.

NAMI Brings Awareness to High Schools

Walk in My Shoes presentations organized by NAMI Minnesota were held at Blake, Hastings and Minneapolis Roosevelt high schools in May 2017. Students pledged their support and wrote encouraging messages on shoe cut-outs which were then posted in the schools.

Saving Lives Via Text Message (741741), NPR 11-26-17

Transitions Project Helps Youth

NAMI’s Transitioning to Adulthood and Independence resources were designed to help prepare and support youth and their families in navigating the mental health, education, vocational and human service systems that help young adults successfully manage their illness and achieve their dreams. The project began in November 2012.

Whether it is transitioning from the children’s mental health system to the adult system or having a first psychotic episode in the early twenties, families and youth struggle with understanding the systems and knowing what steps to take. Many times the services for young adults are inadequate, more difficult to qualify for and inconsistent. Also, people who are diagnosed with a mental illness as young adults find that the services they receive are tailored for older adults and not suitable for them.

The Transitions Project created a new curriculum on transitioning to adult services, a new booklet on transitions, support groups for teens, and expanded the Progression classes. Peer support groups for teens and young adults continue to pop up throughout the metro area, including a group specifically for LGBTQA young people. The Transitions Booklet is now available and Transitions classes for parents of young people are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, contact Nancy Howe, at 651-645-2948 x106 or nhowe@namimn.org.

Transitions Booklet (Sept. 2016) - Information and resources to assist parents in supporting their young adult with a mental illness. Download, here.

Understanding Psychosis - Resources & Recovery Booklet (Sept. 2016) - A resource guide to help young people, parents and loved ones understand warning signs and causes of psychosis, advocacy, evidence based treatment practices and supports available to help get young people back to their lives, work and school. Download, here.

You Are NOT Alone - Youth Website
NAMI Minnesota has developed a website for youth seeking information, education and support. Find it here - www.namihelpsyouth.org.

Young Adult NAMI Connection Support Groups
Young Adult NAMI Connection is a support group for teens aged 16-20. The group is facilitated by young adults who live with mental illnesses and are doing well in recovery. For information contact Nancy Howe, at 651-645-2948 x106 or nhowe@namimn.org. Find list of groups.

Progression Classes - This 6-week course is designed to empower teens to take charge of their lives and deal with the issues they are facing in a healthy and effective way. Progression offers a safe space where teens can feel comfortable talking about what they're going through. The class helps teens understand how to maintain good mental health; how to recognize signs of stress, anxiety, depression and bipolar; how to help friends, siblings and parents understand what they are going through as well as different types of treatment options.

NAMI on Campus

Metropolitan State University
To join or to get more information contact Alysia: at alysia.lajune@metrostate.edu.

Find NAMI on Campus information, here, also FAQs.

Managing a Mental Health Condition in College, here.

College and Your Mental Health guidebook - Start the conversation.

Mental Health Guide for College Students Website

Mental Illness Awareness for Schools
The Silver Ribbon Campaign helps provide a high school curriculum that teaches students about mental illness; assists students as they organize a mental health awareness campaign in their community; provides mental health education and support to families; and provides the "Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents" booklet for school staff and families. More here.

Stop Bullying

Presentation on the need for School-Based Mental Health Services

• Understanding Cyberbullying in College, here .

What Youth Need to Know if Questioned by Police, here.

Trauma & Resilience, here.

Restrictive Procedures in Schools fact sheet, here.

Getting Accommodations in College

College Resources for Persons with Disabilities Guidebook, here.

Colleges Can't Meet Student Mental Health Needs, STATNews 2-6-17

Off to College - Living with a mental illness - ChicagoTribune 2-12-15

Scholarships, Grants & College Information for Students with Disabilites

Career Guide for Students with Disabilities, here.

Resources for Managing Stress

“Managing Stress: A Guide for College Students” – here .
"Relaxation Guide for Stressed Students" here.