r4s-day-at-homeMore than 120 people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria on October 7, 2015 to discuss issues surrounding mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region. Included in the discussion were two Minnesota State Representatives, along with two candidates, who spent several hours discussing the issues with attendees and listening to the personal stories of individuals whose lives have been affected, in some way, by mental illness.

The “Sixth Annual Day at Home in Region 4”, was sponsored by the Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium (AMHC). The annual event is designed to bring Legislators and their constituents together to engage in constructive dialogue on mental health issues, as well as put a personal face on mental illness in the region. The event also provides a forum to educate people involved with the mental health system on how to effectively interact with their legislators.

Watch the Event Here

The entire event is viewable by clicking on the links below.

Session I

Kesha Anderson, Director of the Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium, gave opening remarks and introduced Jode Freyholtz, the keynote speaker. Freyholtz, founder of “Wellness in the Woods” gave a presentation on the importance of engaging people who may be experiencing mental health issues, particularly those in crisis, in a positive, hopeful manner.

Session 2

Shannah Mulvihill, Executive Director of Mental Health Minnesota, moderated a dialogue with two Minnesota Representatives and two candidates for House seats. In addition, numerous individuals shared their personal stories and experiences with mental illness.