9th Annual Day at Home in Region 4

Approximately 115 people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria last Friday to discuss issues surrounding mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region. Included in the discussion were four Minnesota State legislators and one representative from Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office. 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 “Ninth 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 speaker Josh Dye, the President and Founder of the Convene Training + Resilience Community.  Dye spoke on the power of persuasion and the art of telling your own personal story. Afterward, Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness, gave an update report on the latest progress being made in the legislature regarding mental health funding and programs.

Kesha Anderson and Josh Dye

Sue Abderholden

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.

Legislator Panel (part one) 

Legislator Panel (part two)