October, 2014

Nearly one-hundred people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria in October, 2014 to discuss the current and future condition of mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region. Included in the discussion were four Minnesota State legislators and a representative from U.S. Senator Al Franken’s office, who spent a few 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 “Fourth 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 1

Joanie Murphy from Stevens County Human Services gives opening remarks. Ed Eide from the Mental Health Association of Minnesota spends some time providing updates on MN mental health legislation.

Session 2

Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) gives a detailed and insightful presentation entitled “There’s No Turning Back”. Abderholden also takes questions and comments following her presentation.

Session 3

Ed Eide reads the personal mental health stories of several individuals. Following, Minnesota Legislators engage in dialogue with those at the gathering.