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Bob Swanson Named NAMI Minnesota's Volunteer of the Year

FCA International congratulates Bob Swanson on being recognized as NAMI Minnesota's Volunteer of the Year for 2019. Bob produces a monthly blog titled, "You're Not Alone" for FCA, and his efforts to educate the construction industry on mental health and suicide awareness have made an impact. Read on for the press release from NAMI Minnesota.

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MEDIA RELEASE – Nov. 7, 2019 – Photo attached
Contact: Chuck Krueger, 651-645-2948, ckrueger@namimn.org

Plymouth Resident is NAMI Minnesota’s Volunteer of the Year

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) presented Plymouth resident Bob Swanson with a Volunteer of the Year Award at its Annual Conference, held in St. Paul on Nov. 2. The award recognizes an individual who has given generously of their time, resources and energy to either a NAMI affiliate or NAMI Minnesota.

“When his son, Michael who lived with bipolar disorder, died by suicide in 2009 Bob Swanson looked for a way to channel his grief.  He first began sharing his family’s story at our one-hour workshop Get To Know NAMI. It was a way to talk about the impact of a NAMI class he had attended and to let people know that they are not alone on this journey. He wanted to reduce the fear and shame and encourage understanding and empathy,” said NAMI Minnesota’s executive director Sue Abderholden.

“In 2016 Bob took a big step and was trained to deliver QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer, the three actions all of us can take to prevent suicide. Since that time Bob has reached hundreds of people in churches, communities and the construction trades. He especially reached out to men – who may be more reluctant to talk about it and to know how to help. He once presented to over 200 carpenters. Bob’s desire to create change and to prevent suicides has meant volunteering countless hours. Bob you have made a difference and we are so grateful for your work.”

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NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families through its programs of education, support and advocacy.


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