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NAMI Minnesota concluded its "40 Years of Change," 40-city tour on Jan. 10 in St. Paul where the organization first formed 40 years ago. Over the past several months NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden made 40 presentations in 40 cities on the history of the mental health system in Minnesota and the many positive changes NAMI Minnesota has helped to create. At the same time she gathered input from community members about their current needs and hopes for the future.
Abderholden called the statewide tour inspiring and reflected, "I learned so much along the way about what people with mental illnesses and their families have gone through and face today and the problems faced by providers and the barriers and problems that still face our mental health system. But l also am filled with hope for the future because I met hundreds of people who have pledged to work for change and have joined our movement." More on NAMI Minnesota's 40th Year Celebration.
NAMI Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Dept. of Psychiatry will hold its 15th annual Research Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-8:30, at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 North Cleveland Ave, Roseville, MN 55113. Tickets are $45 for NAMI Minnesota members, $55 for non-members. Find details on Registration Flyer or see online registration.
Reports from the 2017 Legislative Issues Surveys conducted by NAMI Minnesota provided useful information used in the development of NAMI's legislative goals for 2017. Find NAMI's goals for the session, here. See Issues Survey results, here.
This December the 21st Century Cures Act was passed with overwhelming support from both the U.S. House and Senate. On Dec. 13 President Obama signed the act which contains important national mental health reform provisions backed by NAMI and includes NIH's BRAIN Initiative. It reauthorizes current language and appropriations for a variety of programs including youth suicide prevention, teacher training, jail diversion, integration and more. See national NAMI's summary of the Impact of the Cures Act on Mental Health. Find some of the key points of the reforms. See KSTP-TV explanation of the reforms. Also National Council on Behavioral Health.
Have you participated in the 12-week Family to Family course and want to provide this resource for others? If so, consider becoming a Family to Family Teacher. The Next F2F Teacher Training will be Feb 10-12, 2017. To apply please submit the Volunteer Application online at: www.namihelps.org/volunteer. For further information contact Marilyn at email@example.com. or 651-645-2948 x131. See Flyer.
The 2017 National NAMI Convention will be held in Washington, D.C., June 28 to July 1. First on board rates are available through Jan. 31 or get super saver rates through March 31. Find registration information, here.
NAMI Minnesota has position opening for a public policy coordinator. Duties include drafting bills, lobbying, monitoring legislative committees and task forces, and preparing materials for members, conducting legislative trainings, assisting with press conferences, writing personal stories, etc. See job description, here.
Andy’s Cheesecakes cookbook was created in memory and in tribute to Andrew Senn by his parents. Andrew lost his nine-year battle with bipolar disorder and addictions and died August 2, 2014 at age 39. NAMI Minnesota, where Andy worked at the time of his death and was a source of support and resources for him, has since become a favorite cause for Andy’s family. The cookbooks are being sold for $15, with 100 percent of the profits going to NAMI Minnesota’s programs of education, support and advocacy. To order, click here.
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Legislative Training on How to be an Effective Mental Health Advocate on Jan. 14, from 10:00-12:00, at NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31, in St. Paul. Register, here.
NAMI Minnesota has two web-based support groups for people living with a mental illness called NAMI TeleConnection. One is for ages 18-30 and the other is for parents living with a mental illness. Find more information and how to access the groups, here.
Smoking rates across the nation have been steadily decreasing over the past two decades due to increased awareness of the health risks, but rates have remained steady among people living with mental illnesses. A commonly cited reason for this is that smoking is an important coping mechanism and helps treat symptoms of mental illness such as stress and anxiety. However, studies have not supported this and in fact most have found quitting smoking may improve mental health. A review of 26 studies discovered that quitting led to decreases in anxiety, depression, and stress and improvements in quality of life and positive moods. This along with the physical health risks of smoking make it important to address tobacco use as part of recovery from mental illness. Access full study.
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.
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.
One Stop Shop for Mental Health, StarTribune 1-5-17
Bill Addresses MH & Jails, StarTribune 12-27-16
Sanctions Lifted on MN Security Hospital, StarTribune 12-23-16
Therapy Program for Foster Kids, StarTribune 12-21-16
Steps Toward Reducing Solitary, StarTribune 12-19-16
Use of Psychiatric Medications Common, HuffingtonPost 12-16-16
Victory Against Eating Disorders, StarTribune 12-12-16
Cures Act Passed, KSTP-TV 12-11-16
Changes in Solitary Confinement Sought, StarTribune 12-10-16
Reform Use of Solitary Confinement, StarTribune 12-9-16
Readers Write on Using Solitary Confinement, Star Tribune 12-9-16
Police Officers Need MH Training, MinnPost 12-6-16
Isolation Scars Prison Inmates, StarTribune 12-4-16
Library Hosts Forum on Mental Illness, Owatonna.com 11-30-16
Winona Criminal Justice Council Recognized, WinonaPost 11-23-16
Protecting Mentally Ill, Landlords, MinnLawyer 11-23-16
State's Medical Director Resigns, StarTribune 11-17-16
Task Force Aims at Delays in MH System, MNPost 11-17-16
MH System Resembles Bad Traffic Jam, StarTribune 11-7-16
Must Provide Equal Insurance Coverage, StarTribune 11-7-16
Crisis Center Creates Space for Families, StarTribune 11-1-16
Sister of Soloist to Speak at NAMI Conference, MNPost 10-26-16
People Inc. Acquires Family Life MH Center, PeopleInc 11-15-16
State Aims to Fix Mental Health Care, WinonaPost 10-14-16
Addressing the MH Crisis in Our Jails, StarTribune 10-17-16
Rare Open House at St. Peter Hospital, StarTribune10-13-16