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,
Family-to-Family Education Classes -
This course 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.
• St. Paul, Jan. 8, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00, Jewish Family Service, 1633 7th St. W., Debbie at 952-836-5927 or Marilyn at 651-497-6858
• Grand Rapids, Jan. 9, Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, Grand Rapids Community Presbyterian Church, 703 North Pokegama Ave., Pat or Holly at 218-326-0841
• Savage, Jan. 15, Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30, Savage Public Library, 13090 Alabama Ave. S., Will or Janet at 952-890-1669
• Excelsior, Jan. 27, Mondays, 6:30-9:00, Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St.,Tom at 952-412-7385
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.
• Anoka, Feb. 8, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. N. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Feb. 22, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Apr. 5, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. N. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Apr. 5, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Mar. 15, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St., (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, May 17, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St., (Register, here.)
• Anoka, June 7, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. N. (Register, here.)
Are You Ready for Independence?
It’s never too soon to prepare for living independently. Do you have the skills you need to succeed? Parents, teens and young adults are invited to join our panel of experts to learn more about housing options, supported housing, independent living skills, budgeting and more.
• Richfield, Dec. 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., District 287 South Education Center, 7450 Penn Ave S. Registration is required and space is limited. For information, contact Andrea Lee at 651-645-2948 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Register, here.)
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. You are not alone! Join us at this valuable and informative workshop.
• Prior Lake, Dec. 14, 10:00-4:00, Prior Lake Public Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Avenue Southeast #100 (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.
• St. Paul, Jan. 28 to Mar. 4, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 South Snelling Ave. (To register, contact Andrea Lee at email@example.com or 651-645-2948 x106)
Get to Know NAMI: Jan. 8, Feb. 6, Mar. 5. Apr. 1 (7:00 p.m. in Dakota Co. at site TBD). 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 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 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. Contact Donna, 651-645-2948 x101.
• Brainerd, Jan. 15, 2014, 8:30-5:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 424 So. 8th St. (Register, here.)
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.
• New Hope, Feb. 3, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., at House of Hope Lutheran Church, 4800 Boone Ave. N. Please RSVP to 763-504-4981. Free childcare is available.
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 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.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis: Assess for risk of suicide or harm; Listen non-judgmentally; Give reassurance and information; Encourage appropriate professional help; Encourage self-help and other support strategies.
• Prior Lake, Jan. 17, 2014, 8:30-5:00 p.m., Link Event Center, 2200 Trail of Dreams (Register, here.)
Adult Foster Care Mental Health Certification Training - This training is designed for staff working in adult foster care facilities and is a result of legislation that was passed in 2012 that approved the mental health certification option for corporate adult foster care providers. This training meets the seven hours of annual training as required under the law and includes the topics of mental health diagnoses, crisis response and deescalation techniques, treatment options, recovery, medications and their side effects, co-occurring disorder, community resources and more. There is a $75 fee for this training - includes lunch and materials.
• Virginia, Dec. 19, 8:00-5:00, Iron Range Rehabilitation Center, lower level auditorium, 901 9th Street N. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Feb. 20, 8:00-5:00, University of Minnesota Continuing Education & Conference Center, 1890 Bufford Ave. (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, here.)
Other NAMI classes are being scheduled. For descriptions of future class offerings, click here.