Office Hours Notice
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MPA staff is working remotely. The best way to reach them is via email at [email protected]. Phone calls will be answered Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. If you call outside of those hours, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will return your call. Thank you for your patience during this time.
 

Volunteers needed during Mental Health Awareness at the Minnesota State Fair this summer!

Would you like to volunteer at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, August 29 for Mental Health Awareness Day in Dan Patch Park! The MN State Fair will have a dedicated day to focus on Mental Health Awareness. Visitors can explore mental health and wellness resources through inspiring stage performances, music, demonstrations, yoga, information, and much more. The event is free with fair admission.

We're seeking volunteers to work the MPA booth. Click here to sign up!

 

Minnesota joining other states to roll out 988 mental health crisis lifeline on July 16

New three-digit dialing code streamlines access to mental health crisis support

Starting Saturday, July 16, people facing a mental health crisis can dial 988 to connect to support. The change is part of a nationwide effort to transition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a phone number people can more easily remember and access in times of crisis. The shift also includes an online chat feature and new texting option.

The new 988 dialing code will serve as a universal entry point, so people can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help regardless of where they live. Anyone can dial or text 988 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to reach crisis support or to use an online chat feature to connect with crisis support. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

“Supporting mental health is a critical public health need, and one of the best ways we can do that is to make it as easy as possible for people to get the help they need when they need it,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said. “Our hope is that 988 can be an easier way for people experiencing mental health crises to get support quickly.”

The Lifeline 10-digit number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), will continue to be available and will route people to the same resources. People should call 911 if they suspect drug overdose or need immediate medical help.

Suicide is a serious and growing public health concern across the United States and in Minnesota. The number of suicide deaths and the suicide rate in Minnesota has increased consistently for 20 years. MDH data shows:

  • From 2016 through 2020, there were more than 10,000 hospital visits for self-harm injuries (i.e., suicide attempts) in Minnesota, and those were mostly among people ages 10-24, predominantly females.
  • Each year about 75-80% of suicide deaths are among males.
  • Each year about 50% of suicide deaths are the result of a firearm injury. Suicide usually represents 70-80% of all firearm deaths.

Moving to a shorter dialing code is an important step to help reduce suicide, and it is part of a larger push to improve options for Americans facing a mental health crisis. In moments of crisis, it can be challenging to look for resources or even just remember what number to call. Through 988, the Lifeline number will be easier to remember, and more accessible through chat and text. This will create more ways and make it easier for the public to find support.

About 988 in Minnesota

  • The Lifeline is a national network of over 200 call centers. Minnesota has four Lifeline centers that connect callers to nearby or state-specific resources and services quickly and efficiently.
  • Minnesota calls may be routed to the Lifeline’s national back-up centers when the four call centers are at capacity. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has several back-up centers that answer the overflow of calls from across the country. This will not change level of service.
  • Interpretation services are available through calling the number. Currently, chat and text are only available in English.

To reach the Veterans Crisis Line, dial 988 and press 1. Calls will route to the same trained Veterans Crisis Line responders. The Veterans Crisis Line will still be available by chat (VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat) and text (838255)

MPA Call for Division Chair Nominations

New Division Chair Positions Available! 

MPA is calling for nominations for the Women's Division Chair and Forensic Division Chair positions as the current chairs have stepped down. The elected member will fulfill the remainder of the term which is through December 31, 2024.

The role of the Chair is a pivotal one for guiding the Division’s work. Please review the Division Chair Duties and Responsibilities in the MPA Policy and Procedures for additional detail. If you find yourself passionate about the issues facing psychology in these changing times, we welcome your voice.
 
Please nominate others by emailing [email protected]. Self-nominations are also accepted*. If you are nominating yourself, please include a brief statement of interest, indicating why you wish to serve as Chair, as well as a one-paragraph biographical statement.
 
The deadline for nominations is 5:00 pm Friday July, 22, 2022

**Must be a current MPA member to be to nominate or be considered for nomination for division chair.

MPA supports and affirms the recent APA statement following the decision by the Supreme Court in overturning Roe v Wade.

June 27, 2022

On Friday June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the ruling that our constitution protects a woman’s freedom to choose an abortion.

As psychologists we recognize not just the obvious physical, financial, and community impacts of this decision but the serious risks to mental health, as well.

While access to abortion in Minnesota is currently protected, in many other states this ruling may be devastating as access is limited or outright banned. Women of color and people from marginalized and impoverished communities will be especially harmed likely leading to greater disparities in health and mental health for these groups.

The Minnesota Psychological Association supports and affirms the recent APA statement following the decision by the Supreme Court in overturning Roe v Wade. We urge every member to review APA’s statement which outlines the research on the likely harms to mental health as a result of this decision.

Click here to read the APA statement.

NEW! 86th Annual Conference Plenary Sessions Available On DemandEarn up to 4 CE

  • Andrew Norman, Ph.D. - When Toxic Ideas Infect Minds: Clinical Applications of the Science of Mental Immunity

  • Ann Masten, Ph.D. - Resilience in Science and Practice: Progress and Promise

Were you unable to make it to the 2022 MPA Annual Conference?  Here is your chance to view our plenary session presentations and earn continuing education credits! Register today and have the flexibility to take the session when it is convenient for you! Select one session, or save when buying both together! Learn More & Register!

MPA Affirms Statement in Response to Mass Shooting in Uvalde, TX

May 25, 2022

MPA affirms the following statement by Frank C. Worrell, Ph.D., President of the American Psychological Association, in response to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left at least 21 people dead, 19 of them children.
“The American Psychological Association is devastated to see yet another mass shooting in our nation—this one at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas—just 10 days after another gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, seemingly targeting Black people and killing 10.

“The impact of these acts of violence is not limited to the number of days these stories stay in the headlines. In addition to the tragic loss of life, psychological science suggests that such horrific events lead to significant post-traumatic distress among victims and bystanders and are triggers for those who have experienced similar violent events. In addition, these episodes add to the mounting evidence that gun violence is an American public health crisis.

“It is long past time to act to ensure that our schools are safe havens for our children, and that stores, places of worship, and our streets are safe for everyone.

“A public health crisis requires a public health approach. APA has long advocated for gun safety, including background checks of prospective gun buyers, safe gun storage, laws implementing extreme risk protection orders, and substantially more research into the psychological factors that lead to gun violence.

“Along with so many others, APA is angry and frustrated that Congress and the states have failed to act—and in some cases have loosened restrictions on access to firearms.

“We cannot become numb to gun violence in our communities. We call on Congress to pass legislation now to stem the spread of firearms, promote their safe usage and storage and establish community-based teams that include police, mental health educators and community advocates who can de-escalate situations with individuals who are at risk of using guns to commit violence or harm themselves.”

 

 

 

Join Us for the MPA Child Psychology Division Meeting

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Virtual

The MPA Child Psychology Division meets virtually the fourth Monday on even months and fourth Wednesday on odd months. All members are MPA members are welcome to attend.

Topic: Helping Support Patients and parents who are considering Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives and Medical Guardianship
Join us for a discussion with guests Mary Francis Freedman and Zaidee Martin, advocate attorneys and mothers of children with neurodivergence to discuss Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives and Medical Guardianship for young adult children with mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions. The goal of this discussion is to help be better informed psychologists when supporting parents and patients transitioning to young adulthood.

The meeting will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday May 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm CT. The Zoom meeting link is included in your confirmation email when you register with the link below.

Please note: This is open to MPA members only. If you'd like to join MPA, please click here.

Click here to register for this meeting.

If you would like to join the division listserv, please email [email protected] to request to be added.

Questions about this meeting? Email the Division Co-Chairs, Renee ([email protected]) or Rachelle ([email protected]). 


 

The Minnesota Psychological Association affirms the following statement released by the APA in response to mass shootings in Buffalo

May 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Following is a statement by Frank C. Worrell, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, in response to the mass shooting at the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York:

“The American Psychological Association stands against racism and hate in all forms. This horrific hate crime struck people in a place that was intended to be a welcoming space, shattering families and the community’s sense of safety.

“Violence rooted in racism and hate has become much too common in our society. We must resist becoming numb to these acts of violence when what we need is a commitment to eliminate racism and discrimination, enact stronger gun laws and encourage more dialogue. Otherwise, we are condoning a culture that is not working to combat racial bias grounded in misinformation. Without collective action on these issues, we should not be surprised when the result is hate and violence. In a society that values all of its members, disagreements should result in dialogue, not acts of violence.

“In the past few decades, many prominent psychologists of color have studied the effects of racial trauma, and how it leads to higher rates of depression, anxiety and stress. It has also been linked to post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders and other serious psychological conditions. Experiences of racism build on each other and, over time, chip away at the emotional, physical and spiritual resources of people of color and other targets of bias.

“In Buffalo, guns were used in support of an individual’s racist and antisemitic beliefs. The same weekend, guns were used in mass shootings in Texas, Wisconsin and California. And in 2022, there have already been at least 198 mass shootings. APA has long advocated for gun safety, including background checks of prospective gun buyers, safe gun storage, laws implementing extreme risk protection orders and more research into the psychological factors that lead to gun violence.

“In the wake of these violent acts, the American Psychological Association recommends that individuals experiencing persistent symptoms of distress seek help from a trained mental health professional. We also recommend that people limit their exposure and that of their children to media coverage of these shootings.”

 


 

Here are the winners of the awards that were given away at the 2022 MPA Annual Conference!

 

 

 

Other updates:

Legislative Updates

VoterVoice Action Center

COVID-19 Resources

Racial Justice Resources

COVID Cares Phone Line

   


MPA Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation. Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds. We aspire to become alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policymakers, and practitioners.