NAMI Anoka County will have a Screening of “The Ripple Effect” on April 23, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at First Congregational UCC, 1923 N. 3rd Ave., in Anoka.
“The Ripple Effect” chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life. Since then, he has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive, and has become one of the worlds most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others.
Following the screening, join in a panel discussion on how mental health issues affect the community, what individuals can do to fight the stigma surrounding this national epidemic and support those facing mental health challenges with other local organizations and community members involved in the fight against the stigma of mental illness and suicide. This is a free event, but due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Register online: suicide-the-ripple-effect-anoka.eventbrite.com.
NAMI Ramsey County will present “Mental Health and Law Enforcement,” featuring the St. Paul Police Department’s Mental Health Unit (MHU) on Thursday, May 2, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The event will be held at St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, in St. Paul. Learn about the MHU and crisis intervention training. Find out how the MHU connects people with mental health services during a crisis and how St. Paul’s police force has changed its response to emergency calls. This presentation is sponsored by NAMI Ramsey County. This is a free event, but space is limited. Please RSVP at https://mental-illness-law-enforcement-tickets.eventbrite.com.
NAMI Minnesota will hold its annual Beyond the Baby Blues conference on Tuesday, May 21 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Bufford Avenue, in St. Paul. Designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy, this year’s conference includes a keynote presentation from Resmaa Menakem, (MSW, LICSW, S.E.P), several breakout sessions, and a networking lunch. Find more information and registration, here.
NAMI Grand Rapids has many events set for May is Mental Health Month:
May 4- Stomp on Stigma 5k Run/Walk- 10:00 a.m. IRA Civic Center – sponsored by Children’s Mental Health. Proceeds donated to area agencies. Registration found at www.namigrandrapidsmn.org in the calendar tab, under May.
May 9 – Yoga and ART! – MacRostie Art Gallery 5:00 p.m.- Surround yourself with beautiful art and practice an hour of yoga with Katie Thies, Certified Yoga Instructor. Learn the benefits of yoga for relaxation, strength, balance, mindfulness and positive affirmation.
May 15- Good Food! – 12:00 Noon – Kielser Wellness Center- Join Kristin Klinefelter, Registered Dietician, and members of Kiesler Wellness Center for a delicious and nutritious lunch. Kristin will discuss the ease and benefits of healthy eating! No charge – lunch provided by NAMI GR.
May 17 – Practicing Mindfulness – 10:00-Noon – Blandin Foundation- Jim Christian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist will teach us how to “slow down” and practice Mindfulness in our everyday life.
May 21 –NAMI Education Meeting – Nature Walk with John Latimer, phenologist, at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library- Enjoy the magic of the natural world; you will learn how a walk can both calm and recharge our energy.
May 29th – Kiesler Wellness Walk- 11:00 a.m. Itasca Family Y- Join us for the annual Kiesler Wellness Walk! Dr. Toni Youngdahl will kick-off our walk with a Doc Talk presentation. Walk from Itasca Family Y to Kiesler Wellness Center. Prior to lunch, hosted by Kiesler Wellness Center.