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Mental Health Awareness at State Fair

VRS Provides Employment Resources

8/20/2018 12:00:00 PM

For the first time the MN State Fair will feature Mental Health Awareness. On August 27 DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services will join over 40 organizations in activities throughout the day.

The event is organized by the MN State Advisory Council on Mental Health & Subcommittee on Children's Mental Health and NAMI Minnesota. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dan Patch Park located next to the Grandstand. It’s free with fair admission.

Visitors can explore mental health and wellness resources through stage performances, music, demonstrations, yoga, information, and more. More than 30 awareness-raising activities, many geared for children and teens, will be offered.

Claire Courtney, VRS, will staff the employment booth from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and provide information on employment resources for people who experience mental illnesses.

One anti-stigma activity: Fair visitors can use a sticky note to write how they are feeling or what stops them from talking about mental health and post it on a life-size cardboard elephant to identify the ‘elephant on the room’.

“I am looking forward to being part of this first attempt to bring mental health awareness out of the shadows and into the spotlight at the great Minnesota Get-Together,” she said.

Learn more at www.namimn.org or call 651-645-2948.

Filling Minnesota’s Mental Health Pipeline

While many people pursue higher education and training in psychology, counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy, Minnesota struggles to meet the demand for mental health workers, particularly in rural areas. And the demand is growing.

Minnesota Economic Trends provides a comprehensive look at Minnesota’s complete mental health workforce in Filing the Mental Health Pipeline. The article:

  • Identifies and describes the educational pipeline for mental health workers in Minnesota;
  • Examines the licensed and unlicensed mental health workforce to determine the extent to which these groups hold a similar niche in the labor market;
  • Identifies the regions struggling the most to attract licensed mental health providers; and
  • Discusses potential policy implications.

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