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Mental Health Awareness at the MN State Fair

August 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55104

MEDIA RELEASE: June 19, 2018

Contact: Chuck Krueger, 651-645-2948,

MN State Fair will Feature Mental Health Awareness on August 27

For the first time the MN State Fair will feature Mental Health Awareness. Visitors can explore mental health and wellness resources through inspiring stage performances, music, demonstrations, yoga, information, and much more. More than 30 awareness-raising activities, many of them geared for children and teens, will be offered. The event is free with fair admission and will be held on August 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Dan Patch Park located next to the Grandstand.


The State Fair provides a unique opportunity to educate a very large and diverse group of people about mental health and well-being, which is important for every Minnesotan. Led by the MN State Advisory Council on Mental Health & Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health and NAMI Minnesota, over 40 organizations will participate in the day’s activities. Learn more about this important and fun event at, or call 651-645-2948.  Partner organizations include:

  1. American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council
  2. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  3. Arrowhead Telepresence Coalition
  4. Aspire MN
  5. Canvas Health
  6. Community Involvement Programs
  7. Crisis Text Line
  8. Headway Emotional Health
  9. Health Partners
  10. Hennepin County Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council
  11. Lutheran Social Service
  12. Melrose Center
  13. Mental Health Minnesota
  14. Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
  15. Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health
  16. Minnesota Counseling Association
  17. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development- Vocational Rehabilitation Service
  18. Minnesota Department of Health
  19. Minnesota Department of Human Services: Behavioral Health Division
  20. Minnesota Disability Law Center
  21. Minnesota Psychiatric Society
  22. Minnesota Psychological Association
  23. Minnesota School Counselors Association
  24. Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Plans
  25. Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators
  26. Nystrom & Associates
  27. PACER
  28. People Incorporated
  29. PrairieCare
  30. Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota
  31. Protect Your Crown
  32. This is Medicaid
  33. UCare
  34. University of Minnesota Extension
  35. Vail Place
  36. Wellness in the Woods

Stage performances include:

  • 8:00AM: Drum circle by the American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council
  • 8:30AM: Yoga with Megha Varghese
  • 9:15AM: Fidgety Fairy Tales
  • 10:15AM: Hilarious World of Depression with John Moe
  • 11:00AM: Interview with Ted Matthews, psychologist with Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • 11:15AM: Fidgety Fairy Tales
  • 12:00PM: Music with Elsa Lee
  • 1:00PM: Interview with Rick Aberman, Director of Peak Performance with the Minnesota Twins
  • 1:20PM: Therapy animals with Pet Partners
  • 1:40PM: Youth performance from the Irreducible Grace Foundation
  • 2:15PM: Music with Katana Da Don
  • 3:15PM: Music with Joyann Parker
  • 4:30PM: Music with Adam Levy of the Honeydogs
  • 5:30PM: Drum circle by the American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council

The event will also include guest emcee appearances by Dr. Kaz Nelson (Mind Deconstructed), Alisha Perkins and Colleen Lindstrom (podcasters, Chili and Mimosas), Bob Collins (Minnesota Public Radio), and Bryan Piatt (Kare 11).

Learn more about this important and fun event at, or call 651-645-2948.



August 27, 2018
8:00 am - 6:00 pm



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