Suicide Prevention Awareness and Intervention Program

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class – May 11th

Attached is a flyer for a Youth Mental Health First Aid class that we are offering on May 11th at the North Memorial Health Specialty Center located at 3435 West Broadway Ave in Robbinsdale. This class is free, but space is limited – register early!  To register for this class, please visit

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class Flyer FINAL_May 11

Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial Health are partnering with
the Minnesota Department of Health to offer this Youth Mental Health
First Aid class in our community.


Please help promote Crisis Text Line!



As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Now we need your help in getting the word out!

Six Boys and 13 Hands

Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed toward the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’    Continue reading

Lutheran Social Services Therapeutic Foster Care

Below please find a blurb on an informational meeting for Lutheran Social Services Therapeutic Foster Care, and the link to Youth Services Network, ysnmn.  Ysnmn is the mobile app for finding homeless services.

Lutheran Social Services Therapeutic Foster Care is hosting a group information meeting on their program on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30pm at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404. The registration link is below.

LSS Therapeutic Foster Care booklet.pdf

Please let me know if you have any questions, updates or changes.  Thank you!


Catherine Christiansen
Office: 763-745-5037
Mobile: 612-501-2632

ACEs – Train the Trainer Program

As you may have heard we will be offering an ACEs Train the Trainer program.

This is a two day, comprehensive training program.  The intent of the program is that, upon completion of the training, you will train others in our community to be trauma informed.  If you are interested in attending please see below:

·         Timing/Agenda:

  • April 26 & 27, 9:30-4:30
    • Agenda reads 9:00-5:00 – Facilitator is planning for 9:30-4:30.
  • Highland Park Reserve, Bloomington.
  • Lunch and snacks provided.

April 2018 Participant Agenda.pdf

·         Candidate Agreement form:

  • Please read through this, if you are still interested, fill it out then fill out the Participant Application form.

ACE Interface Presenter Candidate Agreement.pdf

2018 Presenter Application.pdf

·         Participant Application: 

  • Please return application and candidate agreement form to me as soon as possible.
  • We will begin reviewing right away, deadline for submission is March 23, 2018.
    • I will let people know by March 28.
  • We have 6 slots available.
  • 4 collaboratives are participating in the training.  30 people total.

·         Facilitator Bios – attached for your reference

April 2018 Training Facilitator Bios.pdf.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you –



Catherine Christiansen
Office: 763-745-5037
Mobile: 612-501-2632

JANUARY 2018 Mental Well-Being Learning Community!



As a leader in your community or organization, please join us for an important discussion to move the Mental Well-Being Learning Community to the next level in 2018. In 2017 we learned about 7 different initiatives happening in Minnesota to build mental well-being and resilience.   Let’s talk about what’s next!

  • REFLECT– on lessons learned from 2017
  • LEARN– about local community actions prompted by the learning community
  • KNOW– about upcoming state and local opportunities
  • PLAN– direction and next steps for the learning community and your community.

Your contribution is important to create a more powerful Learning Community in 2018.

Tuesday, January 30th 2017

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register to Participate (NEW LINK!)

More Information

Sites? The link to Registration includes a list of sites near you.

No Site Address? We will update site addresses as identified. Hosts will also email participants before the event.

No Site Near You? Email to confirm if one is currently available or to become a host.

Other Questions? Email

Free upcoming safeTALK training

Free training on suicide alertness skills. Please share with your mental health contacts. Here are the details and invitation and registration info attached. Please see the PDF below for more information.

WHAT: Free Suicide Alertness Training
WHEN: December 6, 2017
WHERE: 8180 Belden BLVD, Cottage Grove, MN 55016, 9:00am-1:00pm, free lunch included
Host: Wounded Warrior Project

Event is free but registration required at:

safeTALK Flyer Dec 6.jpeg.PDF

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
O: 651.282.4002
C: 651.955.3108

MACMH Fall 2017 Training Series

Healing from Within: Trauma-Informed Mind-Body Practices for Health and Well-Being

Wednesday, October 25 – 9 AM to 12 PM – Maple Grove, MN

Using existing knowledge of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health diagnoses, participants will experience and explore the power of mind-body interventions for self-regulation, focus, community connection and overall well-being…

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.


Effective Intervention with Anxious Youth using CBT, Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Techniques

Monday, October 30 – 9 AM to 12 PM – St. Paul, MN

This session will review crucial components of cognitive-behavioral intervention for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Participants will learn about the most effective cognitive modification techniques…

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.


The Psychology of Scarcity: The Impact of “Not Enough” on Health and Well-Being

Monday, November 6 – 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Maple Grove, MN

Scarcity, a concept in behavioral economics, has been demonstrated to impact thinking and decision-making. This workshop will explore research surrounding scarcity and apply it to working with parents and children…

Learn More | Register

3 CEHs | $89

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.

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Parenting with a Good Heart (Online Course)

We’re excited to announce that a new course about overindulgence is now available: Parenting with a Good Heart Online Course.

Join author and researcher Jean Illsley Clarke, parent educator Lisa Krause, and a multidisciplinary team of University of Minnesota Extension educators in an exploration of overindulgence and how you can avoid it with children.

Overindulgence is giving a child too much of anything — money, space, time, energy, or attention — that can delay their development. Parents and caregivers overindulge children from a “good heart,” but it doesn’t help children or families in the long run. Parents can learn to wrap their good hearts with the strengths it takes to resist overindulging. Then they can teach their children how to be accountable and responsible for themselves and toward others.

Learn more about what this course covers, and see if it could be helpful for those you work with:

Parenting with a Good Heart Course_09.15.2017 .pdf

Anita M. Harris Hering

Extension Educator Military Families, Assistant Extension Professor
University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development

Regional Office, St. Cloud
3601  18th Street South
Suite #113
St. Cloud, MN  56301

Office:   320-203-6050              Email:
Direct:    320-203-6106              SKYPE:    harris.anita
Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:

Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference

Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference

See the attachments regarding ANOTHER one of our facilitators, Brian Fredrickson, and then hop on over to for other topics covered, schedule of events and registration.

The MFLN Virtual Conference is a free four-day virtual learning and networking experience for professionals working with military service members and their families.  Join us for all 4 days, or come whenever your schedule permits.

If you have any questions regarding our Virtual Conference, please connect with me.

Anita M. Harris Hering

Extension Educator Military Families, Assistant Extension Professor

University of Minnesota Extension – Center for Family Development

Regional Office, St. Cloud

3601  18th Street South

Suite #113

St. Cloud, MN  56301

Office:   320-203-6050              Email:

Direct:    320-203-6106              SKYPE:    harris.anita

Cell:        320-266-3649             Website:



NAMI MN Mental Health Training Opportunities

NAMI MN mental health training flyers


Question, Persuade, Refer 9.26.2017.pdf

Children’s Challenging Behaviors 10.14.2017.pdf

Special Education-Helping Students Succeed 10.24.2017.pdf

safeTALK 11.14.2017.pdf

sychosis (For Professionals) 11.15.2017.pdf

Mental Health Crisis Planning 12.05.2017.pdf

Transitions 2.6.2018.pdf

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis 3.13.2018.pdf


Thanking you, in advance.


Melodie Hanson, Program Director
Robbinsdale Area Redesign
3730 Toledo Avenue N.
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
763-504-4985 (Fax)
763-291-8413 (cell)



The 5th Annual VA Mental Health Summit

The 5th Annual VA Mental Health Summit is quickly approaching!  Please join us on Friday, September 22 at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building for this FREE conference, with a focus on mental health among the veteran and military populations, access to care, and excellent VA and community resources.

We have two keynote speakers, a panel discussion on veteran employment, and break-out sessions on related topics.  Please see the attached program with more detailed information and descriptions for each of our speakers.

Please register early, as space is limited!  You can register by opening the flyer, and clicking on the link at the very bottom to be directed to the Event Brite site, or use the link listed below, in this email.

Mental Health Summit program-2017.pdf

VA Mental Health Summit 2(002).pdf

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you so much!


Amy Wood, MSW, LICSW
Local Recovery Coordinator
Peer Support Supervisor
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS)
1 Veterans Dr (116A), Minneapolis, MN 55417<>
Office:  612-629-7614
VA iPhone:  612-396-9223