Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
"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."
Register online for classes or contact the person listed or NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948. Find teacher trainings for Hope for Recovery or Family-to-Family classes,
Hope For Recovery Workshops -
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; call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.
• Minneapolis, May 25, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, June 15, Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St., in Teeter Library (Register, here.)
Family-to-Family Education Classes - This class is for family members who have a loved one living with a mental illness. Learn about mental illnesses, identify resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Join others for this 12-week series taught by experienced family members. More classes will be offered in the fall.
Parent Training - Crisis Team 101
Crisis Team 101 will help answer questions parents ask such as: What is a crisis team? How do I contact them? When can I call them? What should I expect when I call them? Is there a cost? Can they come to my house and help in an emergency? Free childcare is available for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years at the Atrium, an indoor play structure but families must check in at the customer care desk. The class is co-sponsored by NAMI and the Scott/Carver Crisis Program. Call 651-645-2948 ext. 300 to register and reserve a space.
• Prior Lake, May 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Link Event Center, 2200 Trail of Dreams. (Register, here.)
Parent Training - Social Services - Myths and Facts
Social workers from Dakota County Child Protective Services and Children's Mental Health Case Management will give an overview of their role and how they may be involved in your child's life. Free childcare is available at the Blast, reservations are mandatory - reserve a space at 651-645-2948 x300 or email@example.com.
• Eagan, June 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Eagan Community Center, in Lone Oak Room, 1501 Central Pkwy. (Register, here.)
This 6-week 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 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.
"Summer Camp" Progression, One-Week Class:
• Eden Prairie, Aug. 12-16 (Mon-Fri), 10:00-12:00, Wooddale Church, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Room 274. To register, contact Andrea Lee 651-645-2948 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 12-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. Contact Donna, 651-645-2948 x101.
• Alexandria, May 20-21, 9:00-4:00 p.m., Glenwood State Bank, 2221 S. Broadway (Register, here.)
• Marshall, May 30-31, 9:00-4:00 p.m., Lyon County Courthouse, Rooms 1 & 2, 607 W. Main (Register, here.)
• Shakopee, June 3-4, 9:00-4:00 p.m., Shakopee Public Library, 235 Lewis St. S. (Register, here.)
Get to Know NAMI: June 6, & July 9, Aug. 7, Oct. 8, Nov. 7, and Dec. 4. All sessions are 11:30-12:30 at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul unless noted. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or email@example.com.
Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents -
Early intervention and treatment is essential for a child’s success. This two hour workshop provides information on the biological nature of mental illness and how parents and teachers can work together as allies to support these students. This workshop meets the continuing education requirement for teachers.
• St. Paul, June 11, 10:00-12:00, NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul (Register, here.)
Means Restriction Education – Newly designed training is for medical professionals, crisis responders, and mental health center staff to learn how to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. This 1.5 hour training includes how to develop safe options for gun removal and storage, and how to secure medications. Contact Donna, 651-645-2948 x101.
Compassion into Action: Recognizing and Responding to Patients with Mental Illnesses (online class)– This class is for hospital staff and health care personnel to better understand people with mental illnesses and respond to their treatment needs.(Log in and Take Class, here.)
Allies in Recovery (online class) –
Family and friends are natural supports who can play vital role in a person’s recovery. This online training for professionals includes strategies for engaging families, how to help clients maintain natural supports, how these relationships can aid in the treatment process, and discussion on data practices laws. The result will be a more “family friendly” agency, and people with mental illnesses will have more support as they continue on their road to recovery. (Log in and Take Class,
Other NAMI classes are being scheduled. For descriptions of future class offerings, click here.