Not too long ago, I had a day as a mom where I felt completely helpless.  It was almost time for "Meet the Teacher" at school and there was a day when my child seemed to be unrecognizable to me.  OCD and severe anxiety were now part of our everyday life and I had absolutely no idea who I could trust or what to do next to help my child.  Helpless doesn't actually even begin to describe how I felt as a mom, especially when I found out all of this was the result of a trauma that happened while at an elementary school in Rochester, Minnesota.

I never thought I'd be the mom who had to hide medicine and knives in her house but that was the reality for many months.  I also never thought I'd be calling to have my child seen by a therapist or counselor but I am so thankful for the individuals who were there for our family and who helped us learn how to live successfully with the challenges that mental health and mental illness present.

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Mental Health is real and if you are needing help, check this resource in Rochester, Minnesota

Today, you'd probably never know that my family was walking through the thickness of mental health issues a few years ago.  But this is still something we live life with and now I have what I call the "OCD Radar".  I can tell when something is not quite right because the hand washing will become more extreme or I'll notice the ticks in even the slightest ways.

Mental illness and mental health are real issues.  I know that it wasn't talked about much when I was a kid but today, it is all around us in conversations.  And one organization in Rochester is here to help - NAMI Southeast Minnesota.

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Enjoy Ice Cream and Fun at Free Event in Rochester, Minnesota

If you love fun AND ice cream, join NAMI for an amazing event that is free for everyone.  NAMI Southeast Minnesota, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is hosting a community kickoff to officially begin the NAMIWalks Your Way season and promote awareness and resources of mental health for all.

Everything you need to know about the NAMIWalks Your Way Kickoff event in Rochester, Minnesota

  • WHAT: NAMIWalks Your Way Southeast Minnesota Kickoff
  • WHEN: Saturday, July 16 at 10:00am
  • WHERE: Flapdoodles Homemade Ice Cream, 1710 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester, MN 55904
  • WHO: Mental health supporters from across the region

*The Flapdoodles at 1710 Broadway Avenue South will also be donating 25% of proceeds during the event to NAMIWalks Your Way Southeast Minnesota

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Save The Date because the walk will be happening on September 24th!  Learn more about NAMI Southeast Minnesota and all of the resources that they provide to individuals in this community, as well as their upcoming walk, at their website here.

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