NAMI Minnesota’s mission is to champion justice, dignity, and respect for all Minnesotans affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support and advocacy, NAMI Minnesota pursues its goals to effect positive changes in the mental health system and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.
Impact and Programs
In fiscal year 2021, NAMI doubled the number of classes for family members who have an adult relative with a mental illness, reaching 200% more people than the year before.
NAMI continues its work to become a culturally diverse and informed organization. NAMI Minnesota’s full-time Spanish speaking parent educator conducts outreach to the community, provides education and one-to-one support in Dakota, Washington, and Ramsey Counties. The Young Adult Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee created a new podcast series called “Resistance in Color.” Mental Health 101 is a class designed to be culturally sensitive and is delivered to the African American, Spanish speaking and LGBTQ communities.
We offered more In Our Own Voice programs. Employers were reaching out more than ever before for help for their employees. NAMI Minnesota created a one-hour class called “Minding Your Mental Health During COVID” and provided it and several workshops related to wellness 115 times to over 4,000 people..
We offered 55 classes online reaching nearly 2,000 people. We delivered Ending the Silence, to over 4,000 high school students. NAMI focused on QPR and was able to double the number of QPR classes taught and we reached twice as many people as last year (1,227). We were able to offer it in Spanish as well.
Our peer led support groups moved online. We had 47 groups supporting families of adults, parents of children, people with mental illnesses and 2 groups for people who identify as LGBTQA, 2 for young adults and 4 for people from cultural communities.
This fiscal year NAMI continues to be focused on six strategic goals:
1. Ensure access to mental health education and support to people throughout the state.
2. Advocate for policies and structures that contribute to building an equitable and effective mental health system.
3. Work with providers and professionals who touch the lives of people living with mental illnesses.
4. Ensure that all people living with mental illnesses in Minnesota have access to an affiliate.
5. Position NAMI Minnesota to grow and endure for generations to come through strategic investments.
6. Expand NAMI Minnesota’s ability and capacity to advance equity and diversity.
Community or Constituency Served
Children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
Geographic Area Served
State of Minnesota