Are You Afraid? Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota has brought a vast array of fascinating, timely exhibits into St. Paul during its lifetime, but it just opened one that is perhaps the most timely–and most necessary–of all: Mental Health: Mind Matters.

Brain Science. Science Museum of Minnesota

This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit encourages visitors to start having much-needed conversations about mental health, the rampant misperceptions that exist today about mental health, and learn from real people who have different kinds of mental illnesses and how they manage them.

Facial Expressions. Science Museum of Minnesota

There’s good reason to educate ourselves about this important topic. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. who are 18 years old or older experience mental health issues, yet on average people wait 10 years between the time they start having symptoms and the time they seek help. Ten years.

Recognize Emotions. Science Museum of Minnesota

“Access to mental health resources is critical,” says Alison Rempel Brown, president and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota. “At the Science Museum of Minnesota, we’re inspired by the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit, both because it brings awareness to the realities of mental illness and our history in treating it, and because it provides a safe, reflective place to have honest conversations about it – with our family members, our classmates, and our community.”

Worry Shredder. Science Museum of Minnesota

What better place to learn facts and dispel rumors and myths than the Science Museum?

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