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 Research from the University of Exeter Medical School in the UK has provided strong evidence that volunteering is good for your physical health, and it may be good for your mental health, too. Observational results from the review confirm what research has been saying for many...

Visit with Minnesota legislators and make your voice heard on Thursday, March 31st at Mental Health Day on the Hill 2016. Last year’s Mental Health Day helped lead Minnesota to a record-breaking $50 million dollars in new funding for mental health issues. With your help,...

[caption id="attachment_3190" align="alignright" width="150"] Nancy Howe[/caption] Nancy Howe first learned of the power of “kind fellowship” at Vail Place many years ago while searching for resources for her son. Like many parents of children with mental illness, Nancy has had to navigate her way through multiple...

On March 7th, 2016 staff members from Vail Place traveled to Las Vegas, NV for the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference also known as NatCon16. The annual three-day conference brings together health, mental health, and addiction care professionals from across the country to discuss industry innovations and best practices. Vail Place staff returned from the conference bursting with new ideas and ways to improve current programs and initiatives. This year NatCon16 focused specifically on social determinants of health as well as addiction. Linda Rosenberg, National Council President and CEO, kicked off the event with a discussion regarding the convergence of policy and technology,  and praised the organization’s growth and ability to make a difference to large numbers of people.   

A study from UC Davis Health System has shown exercise keeps you not just physically fit, but mentally fit, too. According to imaging studies, rigorous exercise increases the levels of two common neurotransmitters that are deficient in people with certain mental illnesses like depression. These neurotransmitters,...

In 1977, Bernie was in the Air Force, working as an aircraft mechanic, when the commander of his squadron noticed something was different about him. He seemed to have a difficulty focusing on tasks and talking with those around him. As Bernie became increasingly stressed...

Vail Place has received a $10,000 grant from the TCF Foundation, renewing its partnership with our organization.  The award will be used to further the mission of Vail Place, which is to help people with serious mental illnesses avoid crisis, achieve stability, and pursue active, fulfilling...

We see the transformations we made in 2015 as stepping stones to further growth and greater achievements in 2016. We’re going to leverage our increased capacity and stronger “brand” to step into a more visible leadership role in our community and our industry. ...

Newly appointed Hopkins Clubhouse Program Manager Stella Carlson started working at Vail Place on St. Patrick’s Day in 2008 and was hired to develop the Young Adult Program at the Hopkins location. Her experience working with at-risk homeless youth initially attracted her to the role and to Vail...

On Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 PM the Basilica Mental Health Film Festival will screen its featured documentary Brushes With Life: Art, Artists and Mental Illness. Following the film, filmmakers and mental health experts will hold a discussion. The film’s director, Philip Brubaker, and producer, Deirdre Haj, will lead the discussion,...

Words can have a surprising effect, and according to a recent Ohio State study, they should be chosen carefully when it comes to people with mental illness. The researchers found that when it comes to how others view people with mental illness, the term "the...

[caption id="attachment_2955" align="alignright" width="200"] Kathy Lavallée[/caption] For Kathy Lavallée, Vail Place is a “family affair” in more ways than one! Before becoming a member, Kathy Lavallée attended weekly meetings sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at Vail Place. At each meeting, the co-facilitator Greg would...