NAMI Advocacy Volunteers Should Plan Now For 2021 Session
NAMI volunteers across the state are needed now to start preparing for the upcoming state legislative session where there will be budget shortfalls. From now through the end of the legislative session, it will be critical that all NAMI volunteers learn, ban together, and speak with one voice to help advance NAMI legislative priorities and stop potential financial cuts to mental health services.
The two best ways to get involved and stay informed are as follows:
Join the NAMI Legislative Committee. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 PM. To be added to the email list, contact Sam Smith.
Sign up to receive the Legislative Update e-newsletter. This publication will soon feature information about upcoming advocacy trainings, details for the 2021 Mental Health Day on the Hill, and specifics about the coming session’s legislative priorities.
NAMI Offers Support & Resources During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread in Minnesota, people are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and other increasing symptoms related to mental illnesses. NAMI is here to help.
FIND NAMI COVID-19 RESOURCE INFORMATION
NAMI Minnesota has gathered extensive resource information on Covid-19 and will continue to update these resources: NAMI COVID-19 Resources, Click Here, 8-31-2020.
NAMI Minnesota Helpline
The NAMI Minnesota office is now operating remotely. The helpline will continue to operate, but please know that people will need to leave a message and it may take longer to return your call. The helpline number is 651-645-2948, ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI Support Groups
NAMI Minnesota has moved many of its support groups to Zoom. Updates are regularly made to the list of support groups. Watch for changes or additions. Find NAMI Minnesota’s online support groups.
NAMI Minnesota has cancelled or postponed all of its in-person classes at this time. NAMI Minnesota is offering a new list of free online Zoom classes on its classes page and will be frequently adding to its list of these classes. Miss an online class? We are pleased to share recordings for many of our classes offered to the community over the past few weeks. Find video recordings of classes here. Please note we are not able to offer CEUs for viewing recorded classes.
If You Are Worried About Your Mental Health:
NAMI Frontline Wellness is an initiative to support health care and public safety professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you love needs support, visit NAMI.org/FrontlineWellness to access no-cost resources that can help.
About NAMI Dakota County
One in five people will experience a mental illness each year. These illnesses affect people of any age, race, religion, or socioeconomic status, and they affect the entire family. Mental illnesses are biological brain disorders and can disrupt a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions and thanks to research and medical advances, recovery is possible. Many people feel isolated by a mental illness due to the stigma and misinformation surrounding these conditions. If your life has been touched by a mental illness, you are not alone!
NAMI Dakota County is committed to improving the quality of life for people living with mental illnesses, erasing the stigma of mental illness, referring families and friends to existing resources, and influencing public policy. We provide education and support for people living with mental illnesses, their families, professionals and the community. WE WANT YOU...to be informed and supported. Come to one of our meetings, support groups, classes, or events. All of our programs are offered free of charge.
NAMI Dakota Education Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church (3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN).
As with all organizations, we are always looking for donations to support the Emergency Fund which is unique to NAMI Dakota County and to keep our classes and other presentations free so that all can attend. One easy way to contribute to NAMI Dakota County is to use Amazon Smile for all of your orders through Amazon. Below is additional information about Amazon Smile and how it works.
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What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
Can I change my charity?
Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”
If you would like to contribute to NAMI Dakota County, please use the button below. If you have a message or special request for how your donation should be used, please indicate this with your donation.
NAMI Dakota County is a proud affiliate of NAMI Minnesota.