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Mental Health Rally planned at State Capitol soon

Mental health advocates and friends from throughout Minnesota will gather for a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda on Feb. 16 at noon.

Speakers will include legislators, advocates, families and persons living with a mental illness. Legislative issues include improving access to community mental health services, housing and crisis services, and bridging cuts in General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC).

A legislative briefing will be held before the rally, at 10:00 a.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Ave. W. (across the street from the Capitol). Rally-goers will meet with their legislators after the rally.

The event is sponsored by the Mental Health Legislative Network, an organization composed of more than 20 statewide organizations working together to improve the quality and availability of mental health services in Minnesota. Free buses offered from southern and northern Minnesota. For information, call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948 or 1-888-NAMI-HELPS, or go to