Casino awarded NAMI Employer of the Year Award

The Minnesota National Alliance on Mental Illness presented Grand Casino Hinckley with its Employer of the Year Award at its annual conference, held Nov. 3 in St. Paul.

The award recognizes an employer who has demonstrated support for hiring and retaining people with mental illnesses; has taken extraordinary measures to educate its employees about mental illnesses; or has created a supportive workplace for families who have a loved one with a mental illness.

NAMI Minnesota’s executive director, Sue Abderholden, remarked: “Over the years they have partnered with NAMI Minnesota to bring suicide prevention classes for their employees and their community. They have a mental health resource area where employees can get information about mental illnesses and learn how to access treatment.

“Grand Casino has taken great strides to support their employees’ mental health. They developed a program called the Bridge Group where a group of employees receive additional training so that discussions about mental illnesses and mental health are continuous.”

Abderholden added: “They wear green ribbons to demonstrate their support and willingness to talk about mental illness. Around the building are quotes about the importance of mental health to raise awareness and let employees know that they can talk about it. They have even sent staff to be trained in traditional healing, providing another way to support their employees’ mental health. We thank them for their great work in caring not only about their employees but their guests and the community.”

Nov 21, 2018
Star News