Get to know more about NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness—on Sept. 26

The Mental Health Consortium of Carver County invites county residents to “Get to Know NAMI”—a public meeting to learn more about the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Auditorium of the Ridgeview Medical Center, 500 S. Maple Street, Waconia. NAMI Minnesota staff and volunteers will talk about how their work affects the lives and children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. The meeting will also be used to open the discussion on having NAMI support groups in Carver County.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has more than 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country that engage in advocacy, research, support and education. Members of NAMI are families, friends and people living with mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. Many NAMI affiliates offer an array of support and education programs for family and individuals.

The Mental Health Consortium was formed in May 2012 by the Carver-Scott Mental Health Crisis Program in response to a request from local community leaders and residents reacting to recent suicide deaths and attempts in their communities. The Consortium sponsors quarterly education forums and is developing a communications infrastructure on mental health issues.

Visit and click on the Mental Health Consortium listing under the Social Services tab to learn more about the Consortium and to access various mental health resources. For more information on NAMI Minnesota, visit or call 651-645-2948.