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Saint Paul, MN 55104

phone: 651-645-2948
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"Amazing class! I felt supported, engaged and NOT alone on this journey. I really needed this!" - Parent

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 - Obtain information about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the communication skills, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend. This includes learning the LEAP strategy for improving communication; Listen, Empathize, Agree-on what you can, and Partner. It is a six-hour class for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and people living with a mental illness who are doing well in their recovery. Held Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00 unless noted. Please bring your own lunch. For information call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.
• Brainerd, April 28, (note: 9:00-2:00) First Congregational United Church of Christ, 415 Juniper Street (Register, here.)
• Grand Rapids, April 28, Community Presbyterian Church, 703 Pokegama Ave. N., in Room 102 (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, April 28, Hennepin County Medical Center, 716 South 7th Street, Red Skyway to Popkin Family Resource Center (Register, here.)
• Duluth, May 5, Benedictine Living Community, Westwood Terrace Community Room, 925 Kenwood Ave. (Register, here.)
• Hopkins, May 5, Mizpah United Church of Christ, 412 5th Avenue North (Register, here.)
• Anoka, June 16, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 N. 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
• St. Cloud, June 23, St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Church, 3226 Maine Prairie Road (Register, here.)

For Parents & Caregivers of Children

Children’s Challenging Behaviors – Understand the difference between typical age appropriate behaviors and the challenging behaviors that may be a symptom of something more serious. Learn about mental illnesses and their effect on behavior, when and how to seek help, parenting strategies, how to access special education or other educational programs and where to seek support. Participants will also learn about resources through insurance and the county to help the child and family. This is a six-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.
• Duluth, May 14, 9:00-3:00, St. Luke's Hospital, 915 East 1st Street, 3rd Floor, Room "Center A" (Register, here.)

Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families – Learn to recognize, manage and plan for your child’s mental health crisis. Participants will also learn deescalation techniques, and the role of county crisis teams and when to call 911. Develop a crisis plan for your child and family. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.
• Minneapolis, May 12, 12:00-2:00, Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)
• Elk River, May 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Handke Family Center, 1170 Main St. NW (Register, here.)

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents (for Parents & Caregivers) Learn about mental illnesses and their impact on students’ educational success, and how parents and teachers can work together to support students their students living with mental illnesses.  Learn information to recognize and respond to students at risk for suicide. This is a two-hour workshop.
• Minneapolis, May 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, IN SPANISH, May 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)

Special Education - Helping Students Succeed – Learn the basics about the special education process (evaluation, Individualized Education Plans, students’ rights), how complex it is, and the laws and rules that impact children with a mental illness or in the Emotional or Behavioral Disability (EBD) category such as 504 Plans, the use of seclusion and restraints, and discipline policies. You will leave with a better understanding of the role you play as a parent on the special education team and how to advocate for your child to help them succeed in school. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.
• Minneapolis, May 12, 12:00-2:00, Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)

Mental Heath 101 for Cultural Communities - IN SPANISH Learn about mental wellness, mental illnesses, diagnostic assessments and treatment plans. This one-hour workshop is designed for African Americans interested in learning more about mental health.
• Minneapolis, May 12, 12:00-2:00, Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave.(Register, here.)

Transitions – Learn how to help your teen or young adult access resources to succeed in school, employment and independent living. Understand the rights young adults gain when they reach 18 and how to help guide them if they are not ready for total independence. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults.
• Minneapolis, May 12, 12:00-2:00, Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis - Learn the signs and symptoms of psychosis, causes, treatment options and why early intervention is so important. Participants will learn how to advocate for and help a young person get back to work or school and achieve recovery. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults. (Not intended for professional development of educators or other youth serving professionals - see version for professionals, here.)
• Minneapolis, May 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, May 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400 (Register, here.)

For Children & Teens

Progression – Learn from other teens and young adults how to maintain good mental health by recognizing early signs of returning symptoms, understanding how to deal with stress and anxiety, and teaching siblings, parents and friends how to help you.  This class empowers teens and young adults to take charge of their lives by providing education and information on mental illnesses, treatment options and the hope for recovery. It’s a safe space to talk to others who are going through similar experiences and to not feel alone. This class meets for two hours, once a week for 6 weeks and is for teens.
• Maple Plain, Tuesdays, June 12 to July 31 (no class July 3 or July 24), 6:30-8:30 p.m., Orono Discovery Center, 5050 Independence Street (Register, here.)

Classes For Professionals

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents (for Professionals) Learn about mental illnesses and their impact on students’ educational success, and how parents and teachers can work together to support students their students living with mental illnesses.  Learn information to recognize and respond to students at risk for suicide. This two-hour workshop meets the continuing education requirement for teachers. 
• Minneapolis, May 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Minneapolis School District Office, 1250 W Broadway Ave. (Register, here.)

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

Suicide Prevention & Awareness Classes

Find more on NAMI Minnesota's classes on suicide prevention and postvention, here.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Learn the three steps anyone can take 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. This is a one-hour workshop is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. (Find more NAMI classes, here.)
• Brooklyn Center, May 6, 12:30-2:00, Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway (Register, here.)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Learn to provide suicide first aid. ASIST is a best practice in suicide prevention where 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. This is a two-day interactive workshop.

For the General Public

Get to Know NAMI - Learn about the various programs, classes and offerings by NAMI Minnesota and hear the impact NAMI has on people’s lives. This one-hour workshop is offered monthly at the NAMI Minnesota office and is for anyone interested in learning more about NAMI’s programs. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org
The next Get to Know NAMI classes are set for:
Burnsville, May 8, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Mary Mother of the Church, 3333 E. Cliff Rd.

Good Mental Health in the Workplace: Five Things You Can Do – Learn the five things you can do to create a workplace that values good mental health. Participants will learn how to promote good mental health (including dealing with stress), the common symptoms of a mental illness, how attitudes and language impact people with mental illnesses, and accommodations for a mental illness.  This one-hour workshop is for small or large companies or organizations and can be offered over the lunch hour.

Legislative Training - Learn about the legislative process, how to contact your elected officials, and the most effective ways to share your story. This two-hour workshop program is for anyone interested in advocating for changes to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.

Mental Health First Aid - Learn basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Learn about common mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders.  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. This eight-hour workshop is for individuals seeking basic information on mental illnesses and how to help someone in crisis. It is not intended for professionals who have a background in mental health. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.) There are two other versions of this workshop – one focused on the needs of veterans and one on the needs of older adults. Contact Nancy Quinn at nquinn@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x132.
• Maple Plain, July 17, 8:00-5:00, Orono Discovery Center, 5050 Independence Street (Register, here.)

Gray Matters: Understanding Depression in Older Adults – Learn the risk factors and warning signs of depression in older adults. Participants will also learn about treatment, management and recovery; learn strategies for working with someone with acute symptoms or emerging symptoms; and learn about resources for older adults.

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Learn basic first aid skills needed to help youth or a young adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis including suicide. Focus is given to recognizing the early warning signs of a mental health problem to full blown suicidal ideation. This eight-hour workshop is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with youth and young adults such as parents, school staff, coaches, youth workers and volunteers. It is not intended for professionals who have a background in mental health. (Must attend entire 8-hour course to receive certificate.)
• Grand Rapids, May 4, 8:00-5:00, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, 1601 Golf Course Road, in Grand Cedar Conf. Room (Register, here.)
• Windom, May 19, 8:00-4:30, BARC Building, 1012 5th Ave. (Register, here.)

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