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

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(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