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2020 NAMIWalks Your Way South Dakota

Saturday, May 30

Walking from Anywhere!

Virtual!  Participate in NAMIWalks South Dakota through social and our live feeds!

Start time:  11:00 am

www.namiwalks.org/southdakota

In The News: NAMI South Dakota

March 31, 2020
As our state and country come to terms with how to slow the spread of the coronavirus named COVID-19, NAMI South Dakota has suspended all meetings, groups, classes and activities until further notice.  We want our volunteers, staff, and participants to be safe.

We know that connection is at the very heart of what NAMI does, and that everyone is feeling stressed right now.  Since we can’t deliver our programs in person, we are working hard to offer some activities and resources online.

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    NAMI South Dakota’s annual day at the South Dakota Capitol is January 24, 2020.  Advocates and supporters from across the state will gather to educate and inform lawmakers and others in the Capitol Rotunda from 9 am-2pm.  Please join us to make your voice heard as we advocate for mental health parity, funding, access and policies during this legislative session.

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    NAMI’s Ending the Silence program is being presented in middle and high schools all across South Dakota.  Students, teachers, and parents are viewing the 50-minute presentation to learn more about mental health conditions and how youth can help themselves or others.  Volunteer presenters are currently being trained online with in-person coaching.  Visit our Ending the Silence page for more information and to volunteer.

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    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of South Dakota is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a 2018 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant award. This project entitled “Moving from Illness to Wellness “ will impact the Northeast region of
    South Dakota and the communities of Aberdeen, Milbank, and Watertown.  This is a two-year project with a total award of $193,648.00.

    As a deeply rural state, South Dakota faces challenges in providing the community-based supports needed for individuals and families impacted by mental illness.

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    Please contact us at namisd@midconetwork.com if you have an interest in becoming a support group facilitator, class teacher, or presenter for the following programs:  Connection, Family Support Group, Family to Family, Basics, Ending the Silence, or In Our Own Voice.  We are setting up trainings in all programs, and we would love to talk with you about becoming a NAMI South Dakota program leader.

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    2017 Ending the Silence Presenters

    In August 2017, twelve NAMI South Dakota members were trained to present NAMI Ending the Silence.  This program provides mental health education in middle and high school classes.  We’re excited to bring this new program to schools all across South Dakota.  If you would like to become involved as a presenter or have ETS come to your school, contact us.

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