12th Annual Day at Home in Region 4
More than 90 people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria on October 13th to discuss issues surrounding mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region. Included in the discussion were four Minnesota State legislators. 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 “12th 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.
The entire event is viewable below by clicking on the links below.
Session One – Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker
Kesha Anderson-Trinka, Coordinator of the Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium, gave opening remarks and introduced keynote speaker, nationally recognized author and podcaster John Moe. Moe spoke on his personal experiences with depression and his pathway to hope and positive forward movement. In addition to authoring multiple books, he also launched the popular podcast Depresh Mode.
Session Two – Legislative Update
Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (MN-NAMI). Abderholden gave an update report on the latest progress being made in the legislature regarding mental health funding and programs.
Session Three – Legislative Panel
Sue Abderholden moderated a dialogue with Minnesota Legislators. In addition, numerous individuals shared their personal stories and experiences with mental illness.