Day at home 2018 Panel

Roughly 125 people who gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria on October 11th to discuss issues surrounding mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region. Included in the discussion were five Minnesota State legislators and three candidates running for House seats, who 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 “Eighth Annual Day at Home in Region 4” event 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 guest speaker Claire Wilson, the Assistant Commissioner for the Community Supports Administration. Afterward, keynote speaker Christina Zeise, Executive Director of Minnesota Social Service Association delivered a talk on becoming an advocate for mental health issues. Rounding out the session, Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness, spoke on upcoming mental health issues in the legislature in the 2019 session.

Session 2

Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness, moderated a dialogue with Minnesota Legislators. In addition, numerous individuals shared their personal stories and experiences with mental illness.