11th Annual Day at Home in Region 4

More than 80 people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria on October 14th to discuss issues surrounding mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region. Included in the discussion were two Minnesota State legislators and four candidates running for legislative seats. They spent the morning 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 “11th Annual Day at Home in Region 4” event was sponsored by the Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium. 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-Trinka, Coordinator of the Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium, gave opening remarks and introduced guest presenter Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Abderholden gave an update report on the latest progress being made in the legislature regarding mental health funding and programs. Then, author and nationally recognized motivational speaker, Tom Guetzke, spoke on the power of positive thinking and healthy life habits to increase personal happiness. 

Opening Remarks and Presentations

YOU TUBE LINK:  https://youtu.be/Y8eO2T58rPk 


Session 2

Sue Abderholden moderated a dialogue with Minnesota Legislators. In addition, numerous individuals shared their personal stories and experiences with mental illness.

Legislator Panel and Personal Stories

YOU TUBE LINK: https://youtu.be/uY2Ci8rjQ_Y