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May is Mental Health Month: Find ways to support mental well-being during the pandemic
Now more than ever it’s important to take steps to care for your mental health and reach out to loved ones who need extra support during these challenging times.
May is Mental Health Month and Thursday, May 7, is National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day. The pandemic has increased physical and sometimes social isolation for older adults in Minneapolis.
Interruptions in routine like eating, sleep, daily structure, sense of purpose and relationships has also changed. Any of these factors as well as underlying mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety can impact one’s mental well-being.
If you have an older adult in your life, it’s important to pay attention to their mental well-being (or your own mental well-being especially if you are over 65). The National Foundation for Suicide Prevention suggests a few simple steps:
The City of Minneapolis has assembled a list of resources highlighting basic needs for older adults here.
The City has also provided $200,000 to community providers from the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund. Find a list of providers taking new patients here, and learn more about the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund here.
The Minnesota Department of Health also has a guide on supporting mental well-being during COVID-19.
Starting on May 13, you can apply online for your ballots for the August State Primary and November General Election
All MN voters are eligible to vote early by mail. To minimize direct contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to vote by mail.
Starting on May 13, you may apply online for your ballot. Our next election is the State Primary on August 11.
The City’s Division of Elections and Voter Services is doing everything they can to ensure a safe election season for you. This includes keeping you up-to-date as conditions change. They have created a new Voting + COVID-19 landing page to help you navigate your voting options, including voting by mail.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
COVID-19 testing facilities are located across the state of Minnesota. To find the nearest testing location in your community, click on the MN COVID-19 Testing Locations web page. PLEASE NOTE: This site changes on a daily and sometimes hourly basis based on testing demand and supply availability across the United States. This website is updated regularly, but may not immediately reflect changes at a particular clinic throughout the day. Here are the testing facilities in/right by North Minneapolis: NorthPoint Health & Wellness (1313 Penn Ave N, 612-543-2500), North Memorial Health Clinic- Camden (4209 Webber Pkwy, 763-581-5750), and North Memorial Health Hospital (3300 Oakdale Ave N, 763-581-3550).
Is testing free?
Federal law requires health insurance plans to cover diagnostic and serological or antibody testing AT NO COST to patients. There may be charges associated with the visit to obtain the testing, but most health insurance companies in Minnesota have waived copays, coinsurance, and deductibles associated with these charges. Check with your insurance company for more details.
What should I do if I don’t have health insurance?
Volunteer Mask Drive for Nursing Home Patients– everyone can help!
No creativity required! Anyone can help. The Making and Sharing Kindness (MASKs) group was started by four volunteers and has grown to an army for good of over 100. Please join MASKs in supplying fabric masks to nursing home residents, other residents in congregate care facilities, day cares etc.
CAN YOU SEW? If you know how to use your sewing machine MASKs can provide sewing kits filled with pre-washed and cut fabric and elastic. Instructions and thread are available.
CAN YOU KNIT OR CROCHET? If you have knitting needles or a crochet hook, you can create “ear savers” that allow residents to keep their masks on all day without irritating their ears. MASKs will supply 100% cotton, instructions, buttons and thread. And the button sewing is optional!
CAN YOU MAKE STUFF WITH YOUR 3-D PRINTER? You can create plastic “ear savers” that allow residents to keep their masks on all day without irritating their ears. MASKs will supply instructions and can provide more filament.
NOT A CRAFTER OR SEWER? You can pick up and drop off materials to crafters, wash iron and precut fabric, donate supplies or donate $ to buy supplies.
MASKs IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF
DROP OFF FOR ALL NON- MONETARY DONATIONS In the blue or yellow tub outside of 14 Hill Gift Shop at 4737 Chicago Ave S.
DROP OFF FOR ALL CASH DONATIONS Pumphouse Creamery at 4754 Chicago Ave S. from 12pm-6pm
Please contact MASKs if you have any questions at email@example.com
Look out for the new Census 2020 PSA by Comcast and Complete the census for our future generations!
Now more than ever, it’s important that all people are counted so that we receive the necessary resources required to meet our needs. The 2010 Census count currently plays a significant role in government response to our current pandemic. Completing the census is vital to the future of our communities and the process is easy, safe and confidential.
Complete the census in the safety of your own home:
Help get out the count!
Visit the City of Minneapolis’ web page here to learn more about historically undercounted communities and projections for 2020. Compare national data and learn more about census tract demographics by visiting the US Census Bureau’s web page here. Currently, Minnesota ranks number one in the country, at 68.1%, for self-response! However, there is still much work to be done to ensure all people are counted in Minneapolis.
Organizations and individuals can help place calls directly to community members to encourage them to complete their census form. The MN State Demographers office is providing access to a predictive dialer system which will allow individuals to make calls from the comfort of their own home.
Phone banking shifts are available 1:00-4:00pm (days vary) or 5:00-8:00pm (days vary). If you would like to call into a specific neighborhood or geographic location, we ask that you organize a volunteer call team of at least 10 individuals and designate a team lead.
Training for team leads and then to the entire team will be provided at the beginning of each shift.
Please send sign-up if you or your neighborhood/community organization would like to Get Out The Count.
Translated materials and resources
The City of Minneapolis has translated census outreach materials that are available on our resources page:
Visit minneapolismn.gov/census/wecountresources for information in:
Youth leaders develop videos highlighting the importance of physical distancing
Youtube videos about Physical Distancing
Youth leaders in Minneapolis have collaborated on a video series with the City’s Health Department to stress the importance of physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Check out the City’s Youth Tik Tok Competition with C.E.O on COVID-19 facts
Violence is preventable and so is COVID-19. The Office of Violence Prevention in partnership with C.E.O. (Change Equals Opportunity) launched a TikTok competition for youth to create videos with COVID facts in a way that’s relevant to them. Link to TikTok account: https://vm.tiktok.com/7hAB8h/.
Take survey by May 31: How should the City focus its violence prevention efforts?
Take this survey by May 31 to help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities for the next three-five years. It only takes a few minutes to share your thoughts on what forms of violence are most pressing in our community.
Knowing violence affects so many different communities in so many different ways and yet having limited resources, we need your feedback to help develop a citywide approach to addressing violence in a new strategic plan.
If you’d like to use the survey in an alternative format or a different language, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Resources available in Ward 8
Having a backyard recreational fire this spring?
With the warmer weather of spring, some Minneapolis neighbors are enjoying time staying at home with outdoor fires. Following these laws will help keep Minneapolis neighborhoods safe and livable:
Illegal open burning or recreational fires could result in fines that start at $200.
Be a good neighbor
These simple suggestions could help neighbors be considerate of each other when having a fire:
Below are links to videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong on how to have a safe recreational fire in Minneapolis:
Recreational fires in the city Here’s what you need to know when having a recreational fire in Minneapolis.
Fogatas en la Ciudad (Spanish) Esto es lo que tienes que saber cuándo hagas una fogata en Minneapolis.
Qor-yo gub ka magaalada (Somali) Waa tanaa waxaad u baahantahey mar ka aad dooney-sid in aad dibada ku shidid dab gudaha miniyaabolis.
Hluav taws los yog bonfire hauv nroog (Hmong) Ntwam no yuav qhia koj txoj cov hluav taws nyob nruam zoo hauv nroog Minneapolis.
For more information on recreational fires or to register a complaint about a recreational fire, call 311 or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov, or to register a complaint about a recreational fire outside 311 hours, call 911. The Fire and Police departments are authorized to extinguish a fire immediately if it violates City ordinances.
For the Minneapolis law on recreational fires, visit the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 178 at www.minneapolismn.gov/government/ord/index.htm.
Gov. Walz extends stay-at-home order to May 18
Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19
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For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.
Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.