020, Sandy’s personal NAMI journey, NAMI Minnesota’s 40th Anniversary (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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NAMI Minnesota volunteer Sandy joins us to share her personal NAMI journey to help celebrate NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

Recorded 06/01/2017.

019, Vivian Henry, “SurVIVin the Journey!” NAMIWalks team captain, volunteer presenter, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Vivian Henry

Here’s another personal story of hope to help celebrate NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary. Vivian Henry is a NAMI “In Our Own Voice” volunteer presenter and a long-time NAMI member and supporter. Vivian enjoys photographing all of NAMI Minnesota’s events and producing photo/video slide shows.

Vivian is team captain of NAMIWalks 2018 team “SurVIVin the Journey!” (click for team info) You may donate to her team and/or register to join her team (you can help fund-raise even if you can’t attend the walk!) at 1 of 2 links:
1. NAMIWalks-MN 9/24/17:Team Captain Viv Henry http://www.namiwalks.org/participant/VivHenry
2. Team “SurVIVin The Journey” http://www.namiwalks.org/team/SurvivinTheJourney

2012 National NAMI’s “You Are Not Alone”  (click)campaign video submission via NAMI “You Are Not Alone In This Fight” campaign(2012): Vivian’s Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixEhpfBYAdw&feature=youtu.be

Thank you Vivian for sharing your story with us!

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

Recorded 05/22/2017.
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From Vivian…Vivian Henry’s personal bio:

Bio info: I’m a “small-town girl” from Xenia,OH. I survived the 1974 Xenia (F5) Tornado! My grandparents had 12 kids, and later raised me as my legal guardians. My mother Josephine battled severe BiPolar Disorder along w/other Mental Health Challenges! My Grandma Vivian was a musical prodigy! She could play piano + organ by ear! Got my love of music from her! My Grandpa James, was the 1st Black City Commissioner of Xenia, OH, and the 1st Black Mayor! My activism + humor come from him!

After graduating college in 1993, I moved to MN to each elementary school. Lasted approx 7 months before my 1st severe depressive episode ended teaching career. My main work experience has been in the customer service industry, including almost 13 years as a part-time professional mobile Disc Jockey!

As of 2015, I have not worked for 2 years. This is due to many of my pre-existing conditions, including Major Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder + recently diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder. I’m in the midst of battling for Social Security Disability…again!

Volunteered w/NAMI-MN since 2008, when I took part in my first NAMIWalks-MN! I became an “In Our Own Voice” speaker in 2014. I’ve done many IOOV presentations for Crisis Intervention Training, and I like working with law enforcement! Also, I’m like the unofficial amateur photographer for NAMI-MN!

Love photography (massive “shutterbug”), crafts + scrapbooking, music, movies, cats, etc. Also, after I had to put my 19yr old cat to sleep on 10/10/10, I became a foster cat mom. This is how I came to adopt my amazing furbaby cat MacTavish! Unfortunately, I had to have him euthanized in November 2016. Fortunately, I do have a new cat named Precious,who is 12 years old! Love her, and no cat will ever be able to take the place of MacTavish.

Finally, I’ve been a diehard JOURNEY fan for approximately 34 years! Have seen them in concert approximately 17x! Even flew to California in 2005, to see them receive their Hollywook Walk of Fame Star! Have had the blessings + miracles of meeting all of classic Journey (Neal Schon, Steve Perry, Steve Smith, Ross Valory + Jonathan Cain), and also Steve Augeri, Deen Castronovo, Jeff Scott Soto, and Arnel Pineda! I do believe these Journey blessings/miracles help counterbalance (a bit) my continued battles w/Mental Health Challenges! IF I won the lottery, I would become a permanent Journey concert goer, as their music brings that much joy + happiness into my life!

Don’t Stop Believin’!

1. YouTube Channel: luvjrny4ever
2012 National NAMI’s “You Are Not Alone” campaign video submission via NAMI “You Are Not Alone In This Fight” campaign(2012): Vivian’s Story.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixEhpfBYAdw&feature=youtu.be

2. Head Admin (not a founder of group) @”The” Journey Junkies Group via http://www.facebook.com/groups/159671711668/

3. 2017 NAMIWalks-MN fundraising page via Team Captain Viv Henry http://www.namiwalks.org/participant/VivHenry (OR) Team“SurVIVin The Journey” http://www.namiwalks.org/team/SurvivinTheJourney

018, NAMIWalks team “In Our Own Voice” captain Jenna Erickson, volunteer presenter, discusses sharing personal story at Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Here’s another personal story of hope to help celebrate NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary. Jenna Erickson is a NAMI “In Our Own Voice” volunteer presenter, a program through which she shares her personal mental health recovery story with many types of audiences. Jenna discusses being particularly interested in presenting to law enforcement professionals during their Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. Jenna Erickson is team captain of NAMIWalks team “In Our Own Voice.” Thank you Jenna for sharing your story with us!

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

Recorded 05/10/2017.

017, “Get to Know NAMI” full session by Kay King, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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“Get to Know NAMI” – Kay King, Community Educator at NAMI Minnesota, presents a full “Get to Know NAMI” session at the NAMI Minnesota office in St. Paul, MN. Included is an introduction from Sue Abderholden, NAMI Minnesota Executive Director. You’ll also hear two short personal stories, one from Bob Swanson and a second from Maureen Edstrom. Bob shares his experience as a father who lost his son to suicide. Maureen discusses living with a mental illness. Both Bob and Maureen talk about they have been helping NAMI by volunteering in different education and support programs.

We invite you to attend a session in person to “Get to Know NAMI” better. Meet our staff and volunteers to hear firsthand how our work directly affects the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Learn about our education and support programs and what we are doing to advocate for good mental health policies. Learn how you can get involved, take action and make a difference.

“Get to Know NAMI” sessions are held monthly both at the NAMI Minnesota office and various locations in the community. For the latest information visit http://www.namihelps.org/about-nami.html or call 651-645-2948.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

Recorded 05/03/2017.

016 Kiara Buchanan, “LIFE BETWEEN THE POLES” blog author, volunteer “In Our Own Voice”/Speakers Bureau presenter, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Blogger Kiara Buchanan, NAMI Minnesota volunteer presenter, with her husband

Kiara Buchanan is the “LIFE BETWEEN THE POLES” blog author at www.convexity.weebly.com on the topic of her mental health recovery and her journey living with bipolar disorder. Kiara is a volunteer presenter in the NAMI “In Our Own Voice” program and in the NAMI Minnesota speakers bureau through which she shares her personal recovery story and anti-stigma presentations. Kiara shares what brought her to NAMI and discusses her journey living with a mental illness including finally receiving the correct diagnosis. Recorded 05/03/2017.

Visit Kiara’s blog: www.convexity.weebly.com

This episode is one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 40th anniversary. Find other video and written stories at www.namihelps.org.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

015 Kim Sherva, LGBTQ Connection Support Groups, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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NAMI Minnesota volunteer Kim Sherva, photo by Ryan Coit

NAMI Minnesota offers support groups for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community. The support groups are a safe place to confront the challenges that many members of LGBTQ communities face such as social isolation, stigma, discrimination, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Visit www.namihelps.org to find meeting dates and locations of current groups.

Episode Guest: In celebration of NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary, volunteer Kim Sherva discusses her NAMI journey (Recorded 5/01/2017). Kim began volunteering with NAMI Minnesota in 2011 as a NAMI LGBTQ Connection peer support group facilitator, followed by becoming a trainer of new facilitators, and finally a presenter in the NAMI In Our Own Voice program through which people living with mental illnesses share their personal recovery stories.

LGBTQ Resources: Information specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual and Queer persons with a mental illness is often hard to find. Visit http://www.namihelps.org/education/glbt-resources.html to find some fact sheets along with some resource information and links.

This episode is one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary. Find other video and written stories at www.namihelps.org.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

014 Laurie Brown, 1st lobbyist, original founding board member, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Laurie Brown with her brother

(Recorded 03/29/2017) Laurie Brown was one of the original NAMI Minnesota founding board members and the first lobbyist for NAMI Minnesota. Laurie shares her personal journey with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She talks about being a family member of a loved one living with schizophrenia. This episode is one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary. Find other video and written stories at www.namihelps.org.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

013 Beatric Officer, Adult Probation Officer, Board of Directors, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Beatric Officer (middle) with her children

(Recorded 03/21/2017) Beatric Officer is an adult probation officer as well as a member of the NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors. Beatric shares her personal journey with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She talks openly about her own mental illness and that of her family members. You can also hear Beatric in episode 9 as one of the rally speakers at the Mental Health Day at the Minnesota State Capitol held on March 13, 2017. This episode is one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary. Find other video and written stories at www.namihelps.org.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

012 Cathleen O’Leary, Board of Directors, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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(Recorded 03/13/2017) Cathleen O’Leary is a former member of the NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors. Cathleen shares her personal journey with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

This episode is one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary. Find other video and written stories at www.namihelps.org.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

011 Eileen Stack, Former President of Board of Directors, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Eileen Stack with daughter Hilary

(Recorded 02/28/2017) Eileen Stack, former President of NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors, shares her personal journey with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  This episode is one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary.  Find other video and written stories at www.namihelps.org.  CONTACT: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

010-Heidi Nordin, Board of Directors, NAMI Minnesota volunteer, Heidi’s personal journey with NAMI

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(Recorded 02/25/2017) Heidi Nordin shares her personal journey with NAMI Minnesota including her volunteer experiences as a Board of Directors member, office volunteer, and NAMIWalks “cheerleader.”  This episode is one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary.  CONTACT: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

009-EVENT: Mental Health Day at the Capitol 03/16/2017, Rally Highlights Urgent Needs

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Concerned family members, advocates and people living with a mental illness from Baxter to Winona came together on March 16, 2017 for Mental Health Day at the Capitol to share their story with their legislators. This diverse group talked about the need for more school-linked mental health programs, vital first episode psychosis treatment, urgent reforms for the use of solitary confinement in Minnesota prisons and more. “Today is a reminder that there’s no longer a debate as to whether or not Minnesota needs to do more for the individuals living with mental illness and their families,” said Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota. “The entire mental health community made it loud and clear that our mental health system is still under construction and needs funding. We can’t afford to slow down.”

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

Mental Health Day at the Capitol 03/16/2017

008-Laurie & Lee Brandt’s personal journey with NAMI, NAMI Minnesota’s 40th Anniversary

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Laurie and Lee Brandt were interviewed on 02/25/2017 for this episode, one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

007-Mary Schulte, Former interim Executive Director at NAMI Minnesota

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(Recorded 02/24/2017) Mary Schulte shares her personal journey with NAMI including her experience of being a former interim Executive Director at NAMI Minnesota.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

006-Adam Moen, Founder and Principal at Real EmPowerment Solutions, NAMI Minnesota volunteer, personal journey to NAMI

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(Recorded 02/03/2017) Adam Moen, a NAMI Minnesota volunteer, shares his personal journey with NAMI.  He is the Founder and Principal at Real EmPowerment Solutions.  Adam owns and operates a strategic consulting practice that specializes in healthcare economics, sales, and financial analysis and a web and mobile app development company that creates apps for young people to better balance mental and emotional well-being.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, #31, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

005-Dave Hartford, CentraCare Health, former NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors President

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(Recorded 01/31/2016) Dave Hartford, a former NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors President, shares his personal journey with NAMI. Dave Hartford is the Career Center Director of Behavioral Health Services at CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  His responsibilities include the planning, developing, organizing, and marketing of all programs and services of the Behavioral Health Care Center. The Care Center Director is partnered with the Care Center Medical Director. They work closely with the medical staff, employees, and management in St. Cloud Hospital and Centracare Health, and governance committees to advance the organization’s mission, vision, and core values. The Care Center has approximately 360 employees. Formerly, Dave was the Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, #31, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

004- Nate Cannon, NAMI Minnesota’s 40th Anniversary, Nate’s personal journey with NAMI

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(Recorded 12/09/2016) Nate Cannon (www.runningrewired.com) is a writer, runner, and avid advocate for transgender and disability rights, mental health awareness, and chemical dependency education. Carrying with him twelve years of sobriety, Nate has completed ten marathons since 2009 despite the onset of acquired dystonia, a painful and progressive neurological disorder. He speaks regularly to educators, health care providers, and readers regarding his experiences being transgender and in recovery, living with both mental illness and a physical disability.

Running on a Mind Rewired, Nate’s first memoir, was written under his former name Jennifer and has been adopted into chemical dependency and mental health curricula at high schools, colleges, treatment centers, and hospitals around the country. Nate is an MFA candidate at Hamline University where he is finishing his second memoir, addressing the complexities of both the healthcare system and his gender transition.

Nate is a NAMI Minnesota volunteer presenter in the NAMI “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV) program through which he shares his personal mental illness recover story.

For more info, visit http://www.runningrewired.com/

To arrange for an interview or invite Nate to speak at an upcoming event, just shoot a quick email to runningrewired@gmail.com

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, #31, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

003- Barb Lindberg, former President of NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors

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(Recorded 12/20/2016) Barb Lindberg, Former President of NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors, shares her personal journey with NAMI.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, #31, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

002- Anna Mae Marschall, NAMI Minnesota’s 40th Anniversary, Anna Mae’s personal journey with NAMI

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Anna Mae Marschall was interviewed (recorded 01/20/2017) for this episode as one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, #31, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org

001- Reta Lancaster, NAMI Minnesota’s 40th Anniversary, Reta’s personal journey with NAMI

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Reta Lancaster was interviewed (recorded 12/27/2016) for this episode as one of 40 Stories of Hope related to NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary.

NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

CONTACT US: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, #31, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Website: www.namihelps.org, phone: 651-645-2948, toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435). fax: 651-645-7379. email: namihelps@namimn.org