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

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