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Greetings from Minnesota!

We are a vibrant new branch of ISPS-US which started early in 2023 after Sasha, Pat, and Kathleen (pictured) met at the national ISPS-US conference in Sacramento.  Our branch is a small but growing group of individuals with a variety of backgrounds who come together to discuss and promote our shared passion for equitable, just, dignified, and culturally-informed care for persons who experience extreme states.  The group includes individuals with lived experience, family and friends of such persons, and those who work professionally in a variety of roles within the mental health system.  No matter how or why you came to ISPS, you will find like-minded people to connect with in our branch. 

We always welcome prospective branch members.  If you would like more information about the branch or are interested in attending one of our monthly meetings, please email branch leader Kathleen Herling, MS, at

Resource signal boost: Open Minded Online

A laptop shown from above with a person's hands touching the keyboard and mouse pad

Open Minded Online is a project of Elisabeth Svanholmer and Rufus May, two folks who were inspired to share methods of working with voices and similar experiences after they found their own experiences in traditional psychiatric treatment to be lacking. The approaches can be used by voice-hearers themselves, such as with the quick and practical Self-Help Guide to Talking With Voices, or with therapists, such as with the Engaging With Voices Videos.

The approaches emphasize personal empowerment and agency. Inspired in part by Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, you will see communication techniques modeled that can lead to more satisfying dialogue with anyone we might encounter - voices, family, strangers, psychiatrists, internal thoughts, non-verbal exchanges with others, even those who threaten or impose significant power over us.

Powerful stuff, indeed.