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It’s a Thursday afternoon, and Olmsted County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Nick Jacobson is responding to a welfare call. A concerned neighbor heard yelling, and things being thrown about. Jacobson walks up to a wrought-iron door and begins talking through it to a visibly distraught woman.

Courtney Lawson said she’s seen the benefits of being available “In my time at NAMI, I’ve been awed at what a difference 20 minutes can make,” the executive director of NAMI Southeast Minnesota said.

People suffering a mental health crisis often find it difficult to get the care they need. In many cases, they end up in the emergency room or forced to travel across state lines to find facilities offering the right kind of treatment.

The Official NAMI Newsletter

A new Farm & Rural Helpline is now available to Minnesota farmers and rural residents. It is free, confidential, and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll free number is (833) 600-2670.

The Official NAMI Newsletter

The Official Newsletter of NAMI Southeast Minnesota

Courtney Lawson waited a full decade before seeking confirmation of being bipolar.

Courtney Lawson waited a full decade before seeking confirmation of being bipolar. After years of self-medication via alcohol and a serious bout of depression, being diagnosed with a mental illness left her “terrified” due to existing stigmas.

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