Best of Neighborhood News 3/28: Washburn Fellowship program gives resources to people of color becoming counselors


Washburn Center for Children has established a new fellowship for people of color in order to address the disparity between the number of POCs seeking mental health services and the number of POCs offering them. The Fellowship includes a stipend to help cover the cost of schooling and unpaid internships, professional mentorship with other POCs, and a supportive cohort of fellows. “This program comes from our commitment to advancing equity in the field and to helping expand the number of therapists of color,” Tom Steinmetz, [CEO of Washburn Center], said. “We realize our mission through the services we provide to children and families. By expanding the number of therapists of color in the state we directly impact access to care.”
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Best of Neighborhood News 2/15: Minneapolis educators rally for fully-funded schools

More than 300 Minneapolis educators and community members protested at the Davis Center Tuesday night to advocate for better school funding in teachers’ contract negotiations. As reported by North News, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) is asking for smaller class sizes, more school support personnel and restorative practices, among other demands. “According to [Minneapolis Public Schools], MFT’s proposals would cost the district $160 million. According to Sullivan, even with district cuts adding up to $27 million, there would still be a $6 million hole to fill – the district will be asking Minneapolis taxpayers and the state legislature for additional funding support over the next year.”
To learn more about why Minneapolis Public School educators are rallying for fully-funded schools, check out the story at North News.  

New book, future restaurant from Twin Cities Oglala Lakota Chef

The founder of The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, published a cookbook-memoir-manifesto, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” According to the Southwest Journal, Sherman wants to decolonize and evolve indigenous foods in order to re-establish a connection with his culture and ancestors. Continue Reading

Forum brings Roseville closer to ‘dementia-friendly’ action plan

A Roseville group has begun shaping a plan to help the community become “dementia friendly,” following a public forum this fall where 53 people offered advice on what to do.“We’re very happy with the energy and thoughtful ideas that came out of the forum,” said Kitty Gogins, who coordinates the Roseville ACT on Alzheimer’s volunteer group. “Now we’re ready to make some decisions and put together a plan for what actions to take.”Those actions could go in several directions. Among suggestions: Within a year, Roseville might find itself home to a program training scores of residents and business employees as “dementia friends” ready to step forward to help people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Or it might see ecumenical religious services for people affected by memory loss, or one or two local nonprofit groups serving as the first place to call for help getting access to memory-care services.Begun early this year, the ACT on Alzheimer’s project was launched by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team as one of its initiatives to help people in the city become more effective neighbors, friends and businesses to cope with the rising number of people with dementia, now estimated at about 750 in Roseville.This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Park Bugle. Check out the links below for other recent Park Bugle stories:Madcap merriment all month longArea once was home to several creameriesThose attending the Oct. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Beyond awareness: Mental Illness Empathy Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a good time to look back on what two great writers have said about their experiences with mental illness. These accounts remind us that even though we’ve made great progress with diagnosis and treatment, we are a long way from fully understanding the darkest corners of the human psyche.Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of William Styron’s groundbreaking national bestseller, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. Styron, best known for The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice, has been haled by many as the first writer to truly capture the “full terror of depression’s psychic landscape.” Darkness Visible illuminated the torment of depression and the taboos of suicide, but whether it increased awareness and decreased stigmatization as much as was hoped and predicted is hard to say. Continue Reading

THEATER REVIEW | With “Next to Normal,” Mixed Blood Theatre Company does better than Broadway

Mixed Blood Theatre Company recently opened its season with an ambitious production of the musical Next to NormalNormal won the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley). The Broadway touring company staring Alice Ripley played last year at the Ordway and comparisons with this production are inevitable. But having seen both, I prefer the current production at Mixed Blood.

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Meeting of the Minds for Alzheimer’s community in Minnesota

“The hardest thing about Alzheimer’s,” said Paul, who has seen its effects in his own family and in his wife’s family, “is the slow, very painful decline. They go from someone you know and love to someone you don’t recognize. It’s a tragedy that lasts six to 10 years.” The tragedy that is Alzheimer’s disease affects a growing number of people. In Minnesota 94,000 people aged 65 and older had Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Disclaimer on Digitally Altered Pictures

I am a statistic. I am one of the estimated ten million girls who suffered from anorexia last year. I never had an issue with my weight until I hit high school and the pressures of the media and my peers started to affect me. I battled with minor episodes as an underclassman, but they were easy come easy go. Then in February I passed out in my basement after going two days without eating. Leading up to that I had lost twelve pounds in four weeks, mostly by only eating 700 calories a day and exercising at least thirty minutes a day. Continue Reading