Chris is working to expand a vision of the hope for recovery that can come from those who share a lived experience with mental illness and substance use challenges, both adults and children. As an advocate, speaker, trainer and facilitator, he is combining his gift of humor, and his commitment to combat stigma and end suicide by sharing his own story and delivering vital content across the country.
Over the years, Christine Wainwright has held many positions - athletic trainer, Biology teacher, Realtor and business owner. But her proudest achievements have been her children, and her recovery. But the road that has led her to where she is today, her 'lived experience', including the loss of her 8 year-old daughter, has given her an intuitive understanding of how having and instilling hope can be the spark that can turn a life around.
As the COO of The Heart and Mind Connection, Christine not only manages the day-to-day operations of all business aspects of the organization, but also provides education and awareness programming. She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Certified WRAP Facilitator. She's also an engaging and passionate speaker.
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The Heart and Mind Connection is Minnesota's only Peer-run and veteran-led mental health and substance use recovery, advocacy and awareness 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop connection, foster purpose and empower ourselves and others struggling with hope, through education, suicide prevention programming and legislative activism.
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The Steve Rummler HOPE Network (SRHN) is partnering with The Heart and Mind Connection (HAMC) to help improve community access to the life-saving overdose reversal medication, naloxone. As part of the initiative, HAMC will establish a Naloxone Access Point, or NAP, and will maintain and stock naloxone kits and act as a pickup point for individuals across Anoka County. In early 2021, they will also begin providing community overdose prevention training to groups and individuals. For more info, call Chris Shaw at 612-351-2080.