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State conference on mental health to be held virtually Nov. 14

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota will hold its state conference virtually from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

Titled “Mental Health in Challenging Times,” the conference will feature breakout sessions on pressing mental health issues for professionals, individuals living with mental illnesses, family members, advocates and students.

Three keynote speakers will highlight the conference: Patrice Harris, a psychiatrist and the first African American woman to be elected president of the American Medical Association; Thomas R. Insel, psychiatrist, neuroscientist and co-founder of Humanest Care, an online stepped care solution for mental health; and Susan Bartlett Foote, author of "Minnesota’s Crusade for Forgotten Souls: The Roots of Minnesota’s Pathbreaking Mental Health Advocacy."

Registration is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers and $40 for people seeking the 4.5 CEUs. For more state conference details and registration, go to namimn.org or call 651-645-2948.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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