Mental Health Awareness Day at the State Fair on August 27
Join us at the Minnesota State Fair on August 27 in Dan Patch Park! For the first time ever, the Minnesota State Fair will have a dedicated day to focus on Mental Health Awareness. Visitors can explore mental health and wellness resources through inspiring stage performances, music, demonstrations, yoga, information, and much more. The event is free with fair admission and will be open from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
The State Fair provides a unique opportunity to educate a very large and diverse group of people about mental health and well-being, which is important for every Minnesotan. Led by the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health & Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health and NAMI Minnesota, over 40 organizations will participate in the day’s activities. Find a full lineup of partners, activities, and stage entertainment, here.
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State Advisory Council on Mental Health
The State Advisory Council on Mental Health was established in 1987 under the Minnesota Statute 245.697 within the Comprehensive Mental Health Act. The State Advisory Council is charged with making recommendations to the governor, Legislature and state departments on mental health policies, programs and services. The governor appoints the State Advisory Council members.
State Advisory Council members include:
- individuals with lived experience of mental illness,
- family members of individuals with lived experience of mental illness,
- parents of children with a lived experience of emotional and behavioral disorders,
- representatives of state departments and advocacy organizations, mental health professionals, legislators, county commissioners, social service agency directors and other representatives with experience in the mental health system.
Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health
The Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health was established in 1989 under the Minnesota Statute 245.697 Subd. 2a. in order to make recommendations to the State Advisory Council on Mental Health. The chair of the State Advisory Council on Mental Health appoints the Subcommittee members.
Subcommittee members include:
- parents of children with a lived experience of emotional or behavioral disorders,
- former recipients of children’s mental health services, and
- representatives of state departments, advocacy organizations, mental health professionals, legislators, educators, community corrections, county commissioners, social services agency representatives and others representative with experience in the children’s mental health system.