Jan Newsletter- Introducing a New Feature: Easily Share Your FastTrackerMN.org Listing!

Link Sharing: Elevate Your Presence

FastTrackerMN is thrilled to unveil a powerful feature for our providers—Link Sharing! Now, you can easily obtain a direct link to your FastTrackerMN listing and effortlessly share it on your social media platforms or website. Want to showcase your availability and connect with individuals seeking mental health and SUD support? This feature is your solution! Enhance your visibility, amplify your impact, and continue making a positive difference in our community. Get started today and share your availability with just a few clicks!

For assistance:

  • Mental Health Providers: MHadmin@FastTrackerMN.org
  • Substance Use Disorder Providers: SUDadmin@FastTrackerMN.org

Tips For Providers on FastTrackerMN:

Did you know that your location descriptions play a crucial role in helping individuals find the right services? Our search functionality doesn’t stop at keywords—it extends to your location descriptions too! When crafting these descriptions, consider adding essential information that might not be covered by specific services or keywords.

For instance, include details about your facility’s amenities, accessibility features, if transportation is provided or any unique aspects of your location that individuals might find valuable. This extra layer of information can make a significant impact on someone’s decision-making process. Ensure your descriptions are informative, welcoming, and highlight the distinctive qualities that set your services apart. Let’s work together to create a seamless experience for those seeking support on FastTrackerMN. Your attention to detail can make a world of difference!

Provider Spotlight:

Traverse Counseling &Consulting

*Bi-weekly FastTrackerMN will be spotlighting up to date providers on our platform

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, February 8thCBT Certification: Rational Living Therapy Level-One Certification Webinar– Our Level-One Certification Seminar in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Rational Living Therapy) is a three-day training that is very comprehensive. Attendees learn the start-to-finish systematic approach, as well as how to deal with difficult and challenging clients who resist therapy, and an comprehensive introduction to applying it to various problems (depression,anxiety, etc…).. REGISTER

Tuesday, February 13thThe Next Step in Suicide Prevention– Despite considerable effort by the mental healthcare industry and widespread use of the Columbia screening tool, suicide deaths in the United States have been tragically increasing since at least 1999. The CDC estimates that 49,449 people died by suicide in 2022… REGISTER

Saturday, February 17thThe Mystery of the Mind Gala-Join us for the 8th Annual Night of Impact Gala – The Mystery of The Mind! A modern twist on a classic masquerade ball exploring the mystery of the mind so many of us keep hidden behind our own masks. Mental illness is often invisible or masked behind the facades many of us project into the world to show we are okay. When the mask is removed, only then can we see our true selves and the reality of our mind. Come together to help us raise $275,000 for youth mental health programming in Minnesota schools! .. REGISTER

Wednesday, March 20thMinnesota Social Services Association Conference– This year’s conference focuses on empowering HHS professionals, fostering a culture of support, and building sustainability in our work, while centering anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion… REGISTER

If you have any news or announcements you would like added to the FastTrackerMN.org Newsletter, please Email:

Logan Sheppard: Logan@FastTrackerMN.org

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October Newsletter # 2- Admins Please Read!

If you manage an organization or location, PLEASE READ!

We at FastTrackerMN.org have been auditing locations and organizations already listed on our database search site and have noticed that several are not visible in searches due to missing information. Please check each of your organizations and locations to make sure you are not missing vital information so searchers can find you!

KEY THINGS TO CHECK ON YOUR PROFILE:

  • Do you have locations listed?
    • Your organization is not what shows up in searches. Even if your organization information is the same, you need to create at least one location. Add a location for every location where you provide services. If your locations have the same name, add the city to clarify.
  • Are your locations complete?
    • Please make sure you select if your location is MH or SUD
      • If you are an SUD facility or provider, you MUST add a correct license number for that location:
      • Facilities can find license numbers HERE
      • MHCP providers make sure you are listed HERE
      • Tribal programs must include the name of the Tribe.
    • Add all insurances THAT EACH LOCATION accepts.
    • Add all key words associated with that location.
    • MOST IMPORTANT: enter all services provided at that specific location with their availability.
    • Do not list SUD services if that location is not primarily licensed as a SUD program. If your MH clinic locations offers SUD services, please create a duplicate location, including license for SUD searchers.

Please watch the below 5-minute video if you need help with making sure your profiles are complete.

How to Video

Use this code until 12/31/2023.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, October 26th- School Refusal: Facts, Guidance & Resources @ Plymouth Psychology Group 9655 Schmidt Lake Rd Suite 150, Plymouth, MN 55442 REGISTER

Wednesday, November 1st- Saint Paul College Basic Needs Tabling – 235 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102 11-1pm *FASTTRACKERMN.ORG will have a table here.

Saturday, November 4th- NAMI State Conference “Mind and Body Connection” will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre CEUs available REGISTER

Wednesday, November 8th- Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health and the Complicated Relationship for People with Diabetes REGISTER

Enjoy the fall leaves!

If you have any news or announcements you would like added to the FastTrackerMN.org Newsletter, please Email us:

Samantha with Substance Use ProgramsSamantha@FastTrackerMN.org and
Jessica with Mental HealthJessica@FastTrackerMN.org

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October 2023 Newsletter

TODAY is World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.

Read More Here

October is Mental Health Screening Month

Use this code until 12/31/2023.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday, October 18th @ 1:30PM- CEs Available Help Families Empower Change with CRAFT REGISTER

Wednesday, October 25th 11:00AM- Free Webinar: The ASAM Criteria Third Edition or Fourth Edition, a Conundrum Or Not? REGISTER

Thursday, October 26th- School Refusal: Facts, Guidance & Resources @ Plymouth Psychology Group 9655 Schmidt Lake Rd Suite 150, Plymouth, MN 55442 REGISTER

Saturday, November 4th- NAMI State Conference “Mind and Body Connection” will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre CEUs available REGISTER

Wednesday, November 8th- Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health and the Complicated Relationship for People with Diabetes REGISTER

If you have any news or announcements you would like added to the FastTrackerMN.org Newsletter, please Email us:

Samantha with Substance Use ProgramsSamantha@FastTrackerMN.org and
Jessica with Mental HealthJessica@FastTrackerMN.org

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Surviving and Thriving through the Holidays! Newsletter

Tips to prevent holiday stress and maintain sobriety!

Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community or other social events or communities. Many may have websites, online support groups, social media sites or virtual events. They can offer support and companionship.

Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year, don’t set unrealistic expectations of yourself or others.

Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion.

Learn to say no. Don’t feel pressured into giving time, effort or money that will cause stress. When it comes to sobriety, make sure your not caving to peer pressure, bring your own non alcoholic beverages.

Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

Take a breather/don’t forget self care. Take a break by yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Caring for yourself will give you the reserves to manage both holiday stress and drinking urges, and let you bring your best self to your family gatherings.

Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, triggered to use and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, IT’S OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP!

Find a Mental Health or Substance Use provider/ program with IMMEDIATE availability at FastTrackerMN.org

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tue, Jan 24: Exercise and Eating Disorders: Helping Clients Return to Healthy Engagement with Exercise – Free Online Webinar -1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

See you all next year!

If you have any news or announcements you would like added to the FastTrackerMN.org Newsletter, please Email us:

Samantha with Substance Use Programs – Samantha@FastTrackerMN.org and
Jessica with Mental Health – Jessica@FastTrackerMN.org

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Men’s Mental Health Month – Newsletter

DC’s Black Adam Star talks about Vulnerability as a super power!

With 21-inch biceps and 10 WWE World Wrestling Championship belts, “vulnerability” is not a word many would associate with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

But vulnerability has been a superpower of sorts for the wrestler, actor and “Black Adam” star, he revealed in a recent interview with Men’s Health magazine. And he’s encouraging other men to find their vulnerable side, too.

“The Rock” tells all men that its okay to ask for help and take care of their mental health HERE

Men’s Mental Health Month Facts

November is Men’s Mental Health Month, The goal of Men’s Mental Health Month is to increase public awareness of a range of issues that influence men’s health. We cannot disregard this fact as we focus on men this month since men are more hesitant to seek help or therapy for their mental health issues.

Read More Facts on Mental Health in men from Mental Health America HERE

Please visit FastTrackerMN.org to get the Mental Health support you deserve with the availability you NEED!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, December 2nd- FREE HYBRID CEU “Affluence and Addiction” presented by Arden O’Connor. Statistics demonstrate that children raised in wealthy families and affluent communities are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. REGISTER

Friday, December 2nd- A Virtual Discussion About Ethical Decision Making and the use of Involuntary Holds in Eating Disorder Treatment – December 2, 2022,11 a.m. CST REGISTER

Wednesday, December 7th- Virtual CE Event: The Somatic Approach to Healing – 11am-12pm CST REGISTER

Have a Great Thanksgiving, we are thankful for ALL of you!

If you have any news or announcements you would like added to the FastTrackerMN.org Newsletter, please Email us:

Samantha with Substance Use Programs – Samantha@FastTrackerMN.org and
Jessica with Mental Health – Jessica@FastTrackerMN.org

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5 Tips For Post Election Day Stress

Post Election Stress: 5 Helpful Mental Health Tips

Election stress is one thing but election stress on top of, COVID-19 stress and seasonal stress is another layer of emotion. Here are 5 tips to cope with post-election stress.

  1. Reconnect with Family and Friends – Take a break from social media and connect with friends, family and community members virtually or in a safe way. If you have concerns over the election, express those with people you feel safe with to get those concerns off your chest.
  2. Channel Your Stress into Something Productive – You have the power to impact your community more than you think! It feels good to know you are making a difference. Create a plan to donate, volunteer or share the message of an organization you support. If you have strong feelings towards the political system, see what actions can be taken at the local level.
  3. Limit Media Consumption – Reduce the amount of media you are consuming in a day. Take note of the way the news makes you feel and adjust accordingly. A large amount of exposure to political upheaval can exacerbate feelings of stress and anxiety. Limit TV time and phone screen time. Set parameters on your TV or turn off notifications on your phone.
  4. Set Boundaries – Conversations around the election can cause stress especially if there are disagreements on political views. Take a moment to understand a point of view rather than to persuade a point of view. Have a toolkit of phrases to pull from when you are ready to disconnect from a conversation. Phrases like, “Thank you for the conversation but I have to go now” or “I appreciate this conversation, but I must attend to my work now” are great to have handy.
  5. Self-Care – Overall, take care of yourself by creating healthy habits to deal with stress. Eat healthy, exercise, work on a hobby, get enough sleep and avoid drugs and alcohol to cope.

Read the full article HERE

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Holidays

Concerned about the impact of the holiday season on your mental health? You are not alone.

In a recent survey, nearly 88% of adults referred to the holiday season (or the period beginning in November and lasting until the New Year) as the most stressful time of the year. And while some stress is inevitable, too much stress, especially if we are already having mental health challenges, can challenge our ability to cope.

The good news? There are things you can do that can help during this stressful time.

Get outside during daylight hours.

Having fewer hours of daylight during the season can have a negative impact on your mood. Especially during the months of November and December, and especially if you struggle with depression, try to find 30 minutes to get outside during daytime hours. Walk somewhere instead of driving, invite a friend or neighbor to take a daily walk, sit outside every day, or watch a sunrise.

Take a risk and connect if you are feeling lonely.

Chances are pretty good that you are not the only one feeling lonely this season. Reach out to someone who may also be feeling that way. Sharing how you are feeling may empower them to do the same. Talk about ways you can stay connected and support each other this season. A regular call, text or note to check in with each other may help both of you.

Do at least one thing to improve your sleep this season.

Keeping consistent sleep hours (and getting enough sleep) can help you to better navigate the stressful months of the season. Pick one thing you will do to improve your sleep and do it as consistently as you can. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier, leave your phone in another room, make the room completely dark (or use an eye mask or dark curtains), or keep the thermostat lower, since we often sleep better in cooler temperatures.

More ideas HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, November 15th– MINNESOTA CONFERENCE ON PROBLEM GAMBLING – 8am – 5pm – ONLINE OR AT THE HERITAGE CENTER OF BROOKLYN CENTER – 6155 EARLE BROWN DRIVE, BROOKLYN CENTER, MN 55430

Thursday, November 17th- “Involving parents and caregivers: A team-based approach” Led by Jerry Halverson, MD, FACPsych, DFAPA, and Joshua Nadeau, PhD, this webinar will explore the importance and benefits of family involvement for youths and adolescents during mental health treatment. REGISTER

Friday November 18th- No Wait, That’s Grief Virtual Symposium seeks to unite the stories of a variety of individuals from different backgrounds, life circumstances, and lived experiences with one common thread – grief. REGISTER

Friday, December 2nd- FREE HYBRID CEU “Affluence and Addiction” presented by Arden O’Connor. Statistics demonstrate that children raised in wealthy families and affluent communities are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. REGISTER

If you have any news or announcements you would like added to the FastTrackerMN.org Newsletter, please Email us:

Samantha with Substance Use Programs – Samantha@FastTrackerMN.org and
Jessica with Mental Health – Jessica@FastTrackerMN.org

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