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NAMI Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
fax: 651-645-7379


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Free Classes

"By taking the class I learned that I'm not alone and I don't have to be alone.  There are a lot of other people impacted by mental illness."

NAMI's 40-City, 40th Anniversary Presentation – "40 Years of Change"  NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden will cover the history of the mental health system in Minnesota and the many positive changes NAMI Minnesota has helped to create. We will also seek input from community members about their current needs and hopes for the future. Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged but not required.
Stillwater, Sept. 19, 12:00-1:30, FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave. S. (Register, here.)
Montevideo, Sept. 28, 8:00-9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 731 North 11th St. (Register, here.)
Willmar, Sept. 28, 12:00-1:30, YMCA, 1000 Lakeland Drive SE (Register, here.)
Hutchinson, Sept. 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Ridgewater College, 2 Century Ave. SE, Room 151 (Register, here.)
International Falls, Oct. 3, 8:00-9:30 a.m., Rainy River Community College, 1501 US-71, in Room H-104 (Register, here.)
Virginia, Oct. 3, 12:00-1:30, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 901 4th St. S. (Register, here.)
Grand Rapids, Oct. 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 703 N Pokegama Ave. (Register, here.)

For Families of Adults

Register online for classes or contact the person listed or NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948. Find teacher trainings for Family-to-Family or Hope for Recovery classes, here.

Hope For Recovery - Spend a Saturday obtaining information, hope and practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illness. Participants learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the mental health system and local resources. Held Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00 unless noted. Please bring your own lunch. For information call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.
• Minneapolis, Sept. 10, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue S. (Register, here.)
• Morris, Sept. 24, Faith Lutheran Church, 108 W. 8th St. (Register, here.)
• Excelsior, Oct. 15, Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St. (Register, here.)
• Hopkins, Nov. 5, 9:00-3:00, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 500 Blake Road S. (Register, here.)

Family-to-Family - This class is for family members who have a loved one living with a mental illness. Learn about mental illness, identify resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Join others for this 12-week series taught by experienced family members. To register, contact the person listed. Registration is Required.
• Plymouth, Sept. 1, Meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, St. Barnabus Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road. Contact: Elizabeth 612-432-0471 or Pam 612-419-6659
• Deephaven, Sept. 8, Meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, Church of St. Therese, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd. Contact: Susanna 952-393-5828 or Shelly 320-282-2645
• Edina, Sept. 12, Meets Mondays, 6:30-9:00, Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave. Contact Lei 612-722-9309 or Kay 612-821-0412
• Forest Lake, Sept. 13, meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Immanuel Church, 9511 W. Broadway Ave. Contact: Doug 612-310-5707
• White Bear Lake, Sept. 14, Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00, WBL High School South Campus, 3551 McKnight Rd. Contact: Jody 651-407-8616 or Lisa 651-402-7108
• Oakdale, Sept. 15, Meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Canvas Health, 7066 Stillwater Blvd. N. Contact Marilyn 651-497-6858
• Winona, Sept. 19, Meets Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00, Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road, in the Media Center. Contact: Judy 507-458-0714
• Coon Rapids, Sept. 20, Meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Church of the Epiphany, 1900 111th Ave. NW. Contact: Becca 612-790-0938 or Mary Kay 763-226-7088
• Lakeville, Sept. 20, Meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Trinity Church 10658 210th Street West. Contact: Joan 612-205-7080
• Sartell/St. Cloud, Sept. 21, Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00,Unity Spiritual Center, 931 5th Ave N. Contact: Chuck or Sanda 320-290-7713

For Families of Children & Adolescents

Children’s Challenging Behaviors - Raising a child or adolescent with challenging behaviors can be difficult. In this course a trained and experienced parent will provide information to help you understand typical behaviors versus challenging behaviors that require intervention. Learn when and how to seek help, develop parenting strategies, learn the ins and outs of special education and other educational supports, and discover community and county resources available to you and your child.
Rosemount, Oct. 7, 9:00-4:00 p.m., Rosemount Community Center, 13885 South Robert Trail (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Nov. 12, 8:30-3:00, 1250 W. Broadway Ave. Suite S2-403 (Register, here.)

Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families- Learn the role of county crisis teams, de-escalation techniques, and how to create effective crisis plans. This workshop also provides information on community resources.
Hastings, Sept. 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Pleasant Hills Library, 1490 South Frontage Road (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Nov. 3, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Sheridan Auditorium, 1201 University Ave. NE (Register, here.)

Special Education
This two-hour workshop provides information to parents of school-age children about special education services, the evaluation process, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), 504 plans, accommodations and modifications.
Shakopee, Oct. 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Shakopee Library, 235 S. Lewis Street (Register, here.)

Transitions - A workshop that helps parents prepare their teen or young adult for independence by teaching them about resources in education, the workplace and independent living. Parents also learn about the new rights young adults gain as they reach adulthood, and what to do if their young adult is not yet ready for total independence. For information contact Jody at 651-645-2948 x109.
• Cottage Grove, Oct. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway, in St. Croix Room (Register, here.)

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis - This class will help family members and loved ones of a person who has experienced psychosis understand symptoms, causes and treatments.  Participants will learn how to advocate for and how to help a young person get back to work, school and achieve recovery.

Parent Nights

Eating Disorders: How to Identify Them & Support Your Struggling Loved One - Participants will be able to identify signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. This presentation will help parents and other support people develop a better understanding of the symptoms of eating disorders, warning signs, and ways to support their loved ones. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend this free event.
• Savage, Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Savage City Hall, Marion/Marietta Hall, 6000 McColl Drive (Register, here.)

How to Assemble an Advocacy Binder for Your Child with Special Needs - Overwhelmed by the stacks of paperwork for your child with special needs? Parent Educators will be on-hand to help you assemble an advocacy binder to help organize your loose papers into a resource. Bring your paperwork to the class such as Current Individualized Education Plan (IEP, IFSP), 504 Plan, Behavior Intervention Plans, County, Legal, Medical or Support Plans. Parents and caregivers will receive one free advocacy binder at the door.

For Youth

Progression - This 6-Session course is designed to empower young people to take charge of their lives and deal with the issues they are facing in a healthy and effective way. Progression offers a safe space where teens can feel comfortable talking about what they're going through. The class helps teens, ages 13-19, understand how to maintain good mental health; how to recognize signs of stress, anxiety, depression and bipolar; how to help friends, siblings and parents understand what they are going through as well as different types of treatment options.
• Elk River, Oct. 5-Nov. 9, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (free meal at 6:00), at Open Doors for Youth, 554 3rd Street NW, Suite 201(Register, here.)

Kidshop - Why do they act that way? It’s not fair! It’s embarrassing! These complaints are often voiced by kids who have a parent or sibling with a mental illness. Kidshop provides a fun experience where kids join in activities, share concerns, get support and learn they are not alone.
• Inver Grove Heights, Nov. 12, 10:00-2:00, River Heights Vineyard Church, 6070 Cahill Ave. E. (Register, here.)

For the Community

Mental Health First Aid - Designed to teach the basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, this 8-hour course is aimed at improving mental health literacy. Understanding and recognizing the signs that someone needs help, is the first step in getting that person appropriate care and treatment. Participants will receive a course manual and certificate. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.) Contact Nancy Quinn at or 651-645-2948 x132.
• Minneapolis, Oct. 1, 8:00-5:00, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Ave. (Register, here.)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - ASIST is a best practice in suicide prevention designed for individuals who want to be able to provide suicide first aid. During the two-day interactive training, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk. (Lunch not provided. Bring a bag lunch or money and join the group in ordering a delivery.)

Get to Know NAMI: Sept. 13, Nov. 10, & Dec. 7, 2016 all at 11:30-12:30 at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Also, Sept. 17, 10:00-11:00 in St. Paul at North Dale Rec Center, 1414 N. St. Albans St. and Oct. 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m., in White Bear Lake, at the District Center, 4855 Bloom Ave. 112, in the Board Room. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota and open to the public. QPR covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states.

Youth Mental Health First Aid - This version of Mental Health First Aid is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with youth and young adults, such as parents, school staff, sports coaches, youth workers and volunteers. Like the adult version it teaches the basic first aid skills needed to help a young person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.)
• St. Paul, Sept. 16, 8:00-5:00, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Avenue S. (Register, here.)
Redwood Falls, Sept. 20, 8:00-5:00, Redwood Area Community Center 901 E. Cook St. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Sept. 23, 8:30-5:30, John B. Davis Educational Service Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)
• Grand Rapids, Nov. 3, 8:00-5:00, Blandin Foundation, 100 Pokegama Ave. N., in Stender Community Room (Register, here.)

safeTALK- This 3-hour suicide prevention workshop is an evidence based practice that allows time for both practice and discussion. safeTALK is based on research that shows people experiencing thoughts of suicide often send out subtle invitations to help them stay safe. This workshop will teach you how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. You will learn to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid the warning signs of suicide, to identify people who are at risk, and to apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person to suicide first aid resources.
• Harris, Sept. 15, 1:00-4:00, Harris Covenant Church, 43680 Gates Ave. (Register, here.)
Morton, September 19, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, 39375 County Rd. 24 (Register, here.)
• Elk River, Nov. 29, 9:00-Noon, Sherburne County Government Center, County Board Room, 13880 Business Center Dr. NW (Register, here.)

Individual Placement & Supported Employment Workshop - Learn about the Individual Placement and Supported employment model: an evidence-based practice to assist people living with mental illnesses in finding and keeping a job. Your local provider will join us along with a participant of the program to share their story.

For Professionals

Find NAMI Minnesota's classes for professionals, including online classes.

Cancellation of Fee-Paid NAMI Classes, Workshops

Sometimes NAMI Minnesota offers a class, workshop, training or conference for which a fee is required. Find the Cancellation Policy for NAMI workshops or trainings for which a fee has been paid by the attendee, here.

Other Classes Offered

More NAMI Minnesota classes are being scheduled. For descriptions of future class offerings, click here.  Find classes offered through NAMI affilites shown below:

* NAMI Dakota County   * NAMI Duluth Area  

NAMI Hennepin County   • NAMI Ramsey County  

NAMI St. Cloud Area   • NAMI Southeast MN  (Rochester Area)  

NAMI Winona