2018 Military Mental Health Conference

You are formally invited to the 2018 Military Mental Health conference!

“Together – Serving Those Who Serve: Behind the Uniform”

Subject: 2018 Military Mental Health Conference

When: Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: Camp Ripley Training Center
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls, MN 56345

Even if you cannot personally attend, please forward this invitation along to anyone and everyone you think might be interested.

For more information and to register visit:


Military Mental Health Conference 2018 Flyer.pdf

Troy A. Davidson
Program Manager
Resilience, Risk Reduction, & Suicide Prevention (R3SP)

One number for mental health crisis services now being piloted in the Twin Cities

As we announced at the end of September, DHS has been testing a new phone number to connect people to crisis services. Testing of this number in the metro area has been completed, and the pilot of the new crisis number is now getting underway.

Starting Monday, January 8, individuals and service providers in the Twin Cities metro area, calling from a cell phone, can call one number — **CRISIS — and have their call seamlessly forwarded to their county crisis team.

At this time, **CRISIS is being piloted in the metro area only. The counties in the **CRISIS pilot are Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington. Eventually, **CRISIS will replace a list of 30 county crisis numbers across the state. As the system rolls out, a landline 800 number will be added for people without cell phones, especially in rural areas.

Note that during the pilot, in order not to miss any calls, if an individual outside of the metro area calls the number they will be routed to their local team as well. However, data collection will be focused on the metro area at this time. Also important is that the contractor was only able to set boundaries based on county lines not the reservations. Individuals will need to continue to dial the current number if they hope to reach a tribal team.

Statewide crisis provider meeting

During the February 13 statewide crisis provider meeting, we will discuss a plan to partner with crisis teams in the metro to promote the number within those communities.

Thank you again for your cooperation in partnering with the Department of Human Services to provide crisis services to Minnesotan’s.

Please contact Dominique.jones@state.mn.us with any questions.


For more information about mental health services in Minnesota, visit:

Children’s mental health / Adult mental health / Resources for partners and providers

Finding Steady



Subject: The new Young Men’s Group is…

… called Finding Steady! And we are in great need of your help as we recruit participants for our February 6th start date! Attached is the flyer to pass along and/or hang wherever you think is helpful. The group is a 6-week, diagnosis-based endeavor and is open to all males in the high school age range. We’ll focus on building skills and finding ways to live calmed, contented, and connected lives.

Finding Steady Group Flyer.pdf


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: https://safetalkwwp.eventbrite.com

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

Supporting Students in Distress Workshop

Supporting Students in Distress Workshop

Many students who have experienced significant stress need adults to remain reflective and attend to what is underneath their challenging behavior. Geared toward helping professionals, teachers, caregivers and parents, this presentation will increase attendees’ ability to recognize how and where a child is struggling, name the experience, and use concise language to join the child in distress. The workshop will pay particular attention to the concept of joining, a state of mind caring adults possess when they are attending to the needs of children by talking and acting for the benefit of the child. This intentional relationship allows adults to join in the child’s perspective and make sense of his or her experiences. Using reflection and language as tools, workshop participants will learn how to create helpful spaces for problem solving rather than power struggles.

Lauren Nietz, LICSW, Consultant, Outpatient Therapist – Washburn Center for Children


Monday, November 13

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 

3450 Irving Avenue South

Maple Grove, MN 55408


3 CEHs | $89 but $75.65 if you register by October 13

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 amy.wood1@va.gov<mailto:amy.wood1@va.gov>
Office:  612-629-7614
VA iPhone:  612-396-9223

To prevent youth suicide, we must address more than bullying

By Deborah Temkin

Last week, another story of a young person who died by suicide made headlines. As with the majority of articles covering youth suicides over the last decade, the story heavily focused on the role bullying may have played in precipitating the young girl’s death. While bullying could certainly have been a factor in this case (as an outside observer lacking all the facts, I can’t comment on this specific case), the same cannot be said about many incidents of youth suicide. Schools’ bullying prevention efforts are critically important. However, the continued narrative that youth suicide is caused by bullying may divert schools’ focus from solutions that would target more prevalent risk factors for suicide.

From 2007 to 2014, rates of deaths due to suicide among children ages 10 to 14 more than doubled, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is consistent with a more recent study of children’s hospital admissions of children ages 5 to 17 from 2008 to 2015, which found a similar increase. However, over the same time period, rates of bullying for youth ages 12 to 18 significantly declined, from 32 percent in 2007 reporting having been bullied, to 21 percent in 2015. While comparing these two data trends cannot negate a connection between bullying and suicide-and indeed recent data show that youth who have been bullied report higher rates of suicidal ideation-it does suggest that many cases of youth suicide are not a result of bullying.

An analysis of data for youth ages 11 to 15 from the National Violent Death Reporting System, which collects information from 18 states about all reported suicides including precipitating circumstances, found that in 2003 through 2014, only around 9 percent of cases specifically indicated that bullying was a factor leading to the suicide. The same number of cases reported school disciplinary problems (e.g., being suspended from school). However, over half the cases (56 percent) listed relationship issues, primarily with family or intimate dating partners, as a precipitating factor, and a similar percentage (52 percent) of youth were reported to have had mental health problems. The majority of youth suicides (60 percent) involved multiple precipitating factors.

We cannot prevent all incidents of youth suicide by only focusing on bullying. Instead, we must target the many potential risk factors involved. For many schools, this might seem like a daunting task considering the variety of potential issues involved- from bullying to school discipline, to mental and physical health supports, to family engagement. These issues, however, are interconnected.

By approaching suicide prevention holistically-the whole child-instead of focusing solely on a single risk factor such as bullying, we may be better able to stem the tide of youth suicide. Schools can help promote positive relationships between and among students and teachers. They can recognize the contribution of physical wellness to mental wellness. And, they can actively engage families with the school community. In doing so, schools will target many suicide risk factors at once and, by extension, create healthy, safe, nurturing environments where youth suicides may be less likely.

This blog was developed with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grant 74616). The views reflected in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Site at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Read this blog post at childtrends.org

Do you know a Champion for Change?

Do you know a Champion for Change?

Do you know a young person between the ages of 10 and 18 who’s been a champion for positive mental health in their school or community? We want to celebrate their awesome commitment to mental heath by inviting them to submit their story for our second annual Champion for Change Award.

To submit an entry they will need to record a video detailing how they have been a champion for those with mental health needs and submit it along with the online entry form.

Deadline: All entry materials (video, entry form, consent form) must be submitted by September 25, 2017 and winners will be notified by email no later than September 29, 2017.

Up to three videos will be selected and the award recipients will be celebrated and their videos shown at MACMH’s Silent Auction and Award Gala on Friday, November 10 at the Edinburgh Golf Course in Brooklyn Park.

 Contest Rules                Video Content Guide

Winners will receive a Commendation from Governor Mark Dayton and a $100 gift card!

Check out videos from last year’s award recipients!

Questions? Email or call us at 651-644-7333

Don’t forget to check out our Calendar of Events page.

April PARTNERS announcements

Thank you to everyone for the great sharing of resources for summer activities for our youth and families at the PARTNERS meeting last week. I have updated the Summer Activities Resource Guide and the information will be posted on the PARTNERS for Healthy Kids page on the WPS website. As you come across additional resources and activities for families please send them to me and I will be sure to keep the document updated. http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/Page/19770

A reminder that PARTNERS for Healthy Kids and WPS will be hosting an “Awareness Day Live!” webinar and discussion event on Thursday, May 4th, 5:30-7:30pm, Healthy Living Center, Ridgedale YMCA, as part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Please see attached flyer with additional information. Space is limited.

Registration – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-childrens-mental-health-awareness-day-awareness-day-live-tickets-33637177704

Please review and send any corrections or additions. The final PARTNERS meeting for 2016-2017 will be Wednesday, May 10th at 3:00-4:15pm at the Plymouth Library – Plymouth meeting room.

Summer Youth Activity Guide 2017

2017 Awareness Day Live!

Thank you!

  • Margy Herbert
  • margy@partnersforhealthykids.org
  • margaret.herbert@wayzata.k12.mn.us
  • Office: 763-745-5037
  • Mobile: 763-438-0914

Brain Injury Awareness Day – March 22

general-flyer_page_001If you could help circulate this, it would be greatly appreciated. I have the attached flyers (that you can view below as PDF’s) printed out, and would be happy to come bring more to you if you’re interested.

We reserved space in the VA auditorium on 3/22 from 1-4 pm for a small TBI symposium. We’re still ironing out the specifics, but it’ll have elements of a resource fair, with some interactive activities, showcase some research, and include a talk by Kelvin Lim, MD. Please let me know if you’re interested in attending, and please feel free to disseminate this to other interested parties.

DVBIC recently announced that the theme for BIAM 2017 is called Think Ahead. The theme includes prevention, identification and treatment subthemes – Be safe. Know the signs. Get help.

Some of the messages that DVBIC will be broadcasting via social media include:

Since 2000, more than 350,000+ service members were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Support #BIAmonth and our military community by joining the #ThinkAhead hashtag campaign.

Line leaders, service members and veterans: Learn the basics of #TBI and when to get checked out during #BIAmonth. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/recognize

U.S. Navy SEAL Brain O’Rourke’s wife noticed his symptoms of insomnia, irritability and anxiety. Her awareness helped lead to his #TBI diagnosis. Share his inspirational story of recovery throughout #BIAmonth. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/blog/tbi-diagnosis-helped-save-family

After an incident such as a fall, motor vehicle collision, or sports-related injury, medical personnel look for signs of a TBI. Learn how service members are screened for possible brain injuries with @Military Health. http://www.health.mil/military-health-topics/conditions-and-treatments/physical-disability/traumatic-brain-injury/TBI-Screening

U.S. Army veteran Randy Gross uses his previous experiences with brain injury to help connect with service members and show them that recovery is possible. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/blog/veteran-who-sustained-tbi-helps-fellow-service-members-brain-injury-care

MYTH: #TBI only affects individual service members, not the unit. FACT: #TBI affects a unit’s readiness and retention. Stay mission ready and prevent #TBI in garrison with tips from @A Head for the Future. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/materials

Know the symptoms of concussion with this #DVBIC fact sheet: https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/files/resources/DVBIC_SS_Mild-TBI_FactSheet_2015-09-23_English.pdf

I have a wealth of new handouts, charts, etc. please let me know if you’re interested and I can bring them to you.

general flyer.pdf

symposium flyer.pdf


  • Justin Heesakker M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. OM
  • Regional Education Coordinator
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
  • Contractor-General Dynamics Health Solutions
  • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • One Veterans Drive
  • Minneapolis, MN 55417
  • Office: (612) 629-7489
  • Mobile: (612) 443-7683
  • Justin.Heesakker@va.gov

Mental Health Conference – April 27-28

Dear Yellow Ribbon Networks, please invite your community partners in the mental health/medical field especially to attend our upcoming Military Mental Health Conference on April 27-28. They can either sign up on Facebook and be kept informed about registration instructions or I will send out when available.

Or, if your committee would like to learn more about what is happening in the state in regards to mental health, please send representation to attend. Please see the attached PDF for some initial information.


Thank you for your support!

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

Teen Resiliency workshop

Teen Resiliency:

An Integrative Skills-Based Model to Help Teens Develop Self Awareness & Enhance Well-Being


The Teen Resiliency Program is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and skills to enhance social, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Based on The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, this model integrates principles from Holistic Psychiatry, Integrative Nutrition, Yoga-Based Movement and Mindfulness Meditation. Participants in this workshop will be guided through the Resiliency Model while analyzing its neuroscientific foundation.

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, LGSW, E-RYT-200, President and Owner – 1000 Petals LLC & Kevin Harrington, PhD, LP, Licensed Psychologist – Private Practice

Friday, February 24
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mounds View Community Center
5394 Edgewood Drive
Mounds View, MN 55112
Level: Basic | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content
3 CEHs | $89



MACMH 2017
Winter Training Series

teen-2Now – March 2, 2017

Mounds View * Andover * Minneapolis

Don’t miss our group discount!

Groups of 5+ from the same agency or organization receive 10% off their registration.



Meditating girlThe Power and Promise in the Use of Guided Imagery

February 17 | Minneapolis, MN

Considered an alternative therapy for years, this session will explore guided imagery’s growing acceptance in the medical and scientific world-including research showing that practicing guided imagery can create…

Learn More | Register



Teen Resiliency: An Integrative Skills-Based Model

February 24 | Mounds View, MN

The Teen Resiliency Program is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and skills to enhance social, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being…

Learn More | Register


teen-5The Emergence and Management of Psychopathic Behavior in Youth

March 2 | Andover, MN

Research and clinical experience has identified a cluster of serious behaviors termed “callous-unemotional traits” in children. These youth may follow a developmental pathway to antisocial behavior…

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teen-6Mindfully Parenting Your Spirited Child – Special workshop for parents and caregivers!

March 6 | St. Paul, MN

This interactive presentation will provide an overview of the neuroscience and practical applications of mindful parenting based on the work of Dr. Dan Siegel…

Learn More | Register


Did you know?

Proceeds from these events fund our
community and parent support programs!

Thank you for making this possible!

Sesame Street Project – Recruiting Military Families

PBYR - Sesame StreetGreetings! We are conducting an evaluation of a new Sesame Workshop program designed to support military families who are transitioning into the civilian world. As you know, this is often a stressful time marked by many life changes, and Sesame is hopeful this new program can provide much-needed support.

We are seeking your help in letting families know about this resource and our evaluation. Please share this information and attached/enclosed flyer with your colleagues and military families. If you’re affiliated with other groups of military families or professionals, we’d be grateful if you’d share this information with them as well.

Sesame Street Project Recruitment Flyer

Sesame Project Invitation Letter

Eligible participants include families:

● Where one or both parents currently serve in the Active Duty military and are within 18 months of separation, or families with a Veteran who has separated from the military within the last 18 months.

● Who have at least one child age 3–7
The entire 6-week program is offered online, so families can participate at their convenience. Families are sent emails containing videos and worksheets that provide parents and children with tools to cope with major life changes. We are conducting a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of the program. Participants will complete online, anonymous questionnaires before and after completing the program, and they will be compensated for their time and effort.

Interested participants can get more information and sign up for the study by visiting: https://umn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5ziU26bbLXNoy33

or by contacting our project coordinator, Dr. Jill Bowers, at sesame@umn.edu . Additionally, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Bowers.

Thanks for your help in enhancing the supports for military families!


Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D. LP and Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D. LP

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health


Jill Bowers, PhD, CFLE

Project Coordinator

University of Minnesota

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health

MNNG Power of One Fun Run for suicide awareness

PBYR - POOFR5KThe first of the two 2nd annual Power of One Fun Run is coming up in just 3 short weeks at Camp Ripley. This event is FREE to all. Registration for the fun run is in EventBrite (see flyer). The info on the attached PDF flyer is for both the Camp Ripley run on the 6th of August and the Arden Hills run on the 11th of September.

This year the runs have been supported by the TSU up at Camp Ripley and the 834th in Arden Hills with Soldiers, so no more volunteers are needed at this time. We are hoping for a much bigger crowd this year than the 700 we had last year! I can’t wait to see you there. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Who: MNNG Service members, family members, community members, and YR communities
What: Participate at the 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness Fun Run. All members of the military, all family members, community members and YR communities are invited to participate as a runner or walker, have a provider/resource table, or support the run (i.e. volunteers, water, t-shirts, etc). Participants will receive survival kits and items to place in the survival kit along the route to help them when they need some hope.
Where: Camp Ripley in Little Falls, MN and Arden Hills Army Training Site in Arden Hills, MN
When: Camp Ripley August 6th, 2016 and Arden Hills September 11th, 2016
Why: To increase suicide awareness and build mental wellness. You can be the one person that saves a life. The events will also provide education surrounding suicide prevention to leaders, service members, families, and community members in order to provide a unified message.


SFC Jen Chaffee
Cottage Grove, MN
Office: 651-282-4232
24/7 Suicide Talk 1-800-273-8255

NAMI Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st

NAMI Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st

My name is Kara Bennett and I am a Community Educator for NAMI Minnesota. We are just one month away from our Kidshop program in Forest Lake! Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity.

Kidshop is a four-hour Saturday workshop for kids ages 7-17 whose parent or sibling lives with a mental illness. Kidshop provides a safe setting where kids can join in fun activities, share concerns, get support, and learn that they are not alone. We will be holding a Kidshop in Forest Lake on May 21st from 10:00am – 2:00pm and we ask that you register by May 16. Visit our website for more information and to register.

NAMI Kidshop.pdf

This workshop is free but registration is required. For more information, call me at 651-645-2948 x114.

Please pass this information along to any families you know who might benefit from the opportunity. Thank you for your time, effort, and support!

Kara Bennett
Community Educator

PBYR - nami Logo

Hope for Recovery classes available

PBYR - nami LogoMy name is Kara Bennett and I am the Outreach Director for NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Minnesota. I wanted to take a moment to make sure you know about a workshop we’ll be offering a few places in Hennepin County for families this winter and spring. I hope you will promote these opportunities to those you work with!

Hope for Recovery is a six hour class taught by a trained family member that provides practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illness. Participants learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping and communication strategies, the mental health system, and local resources. This class is ideal for family members and caregivers.




This class is free but registration is required. Flyers with additional information are attached. Keep an eye on our website http://www.namihelps.org/classes.html for the most up to date information about scheduled classes around the state.

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar November 14

FREE Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar November 14th.

Take advantage of this opportunity to attend a FREE Mental Health First Aid for Veterans seminar in St. Paul on November 14th.

Family members and personnel working with military and family members do not always know how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans focuses on the unique experiences and needs of the military, veteran, and family population.

This class will help participants identify, understand, and respond to mental illnesses and substance use disorders while keeping the unique military context in mind.

Presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Participants receive a course manual and certificate. Registration is required. Please see the PDF flyer below.

St Paul Veterans 11-14.pdf