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Mental Health Rally planned at State Capitol Tuesday

The Mental Health Legislative Network, an organization composed over 20 statewide organizations, will hold a Mental Health Rally and Day at the Capitol on February 14, at noon in the Rotunda. Speakers will include legislators, advocates, families and persons living with a mental illness. Issues include ensuring access to community mental health services, housing, crisis services and medical care, and preventing further budget cuts to these and other critically important mental health services for children and adults.

Anyone interested in improving the mental health system is encouraged to attend, and free buses are being provided from various locations around the state. Buses will start from Winona, Kerkhoven (Willmar), Marshall, Fergus Falls, Duluth and Baxter, each making multiple stops along the way. For information about the routes and how to reserve a seat, contact NAMI Minnesota.

A legislative briefing session, also open to everyone, will be held prior to the rally, at 10:00 a.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Ave. W. (across the street from the Capitol). For information, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota at 651-645-2948, 1-888-NAMI-Helps or go to www.namihelps.org .

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