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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."

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.

Family-to-Family - Learn about mental illnesses, the brain, treatment, and resources to help a loved one living with a mental illness. Attendees will also build communication skills, reduce stress, find support and discover the common stages of emotional responses when supporting someone with a mental illness. This class meets weekly for two and a half hours for 12-weeks and is for family and friends of an adult living with a mental illness.
• White Bear Lake, starts Jan. 18, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., White Bear Lake High School, South Campus, 3551 McKnight Road N. To register (required) contact Jody at 651-407-8616.
• Excelsior, starts Jan. 23,  meets Mondays, 6:30-9:00 p.m. For information or to register (required), call Tom at 952-412-7385.
• Minneapolis, starts Feb. 9, meets Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S. For information or to register (Required) contact Beth at 651-210-5530 or Tammy at 612-618-4979.
• Roseville, starts Feb. 23, meets Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m., North Heights Christian Academy, 2701 Rice St. For information or to register (Required) contact Anne 651-653-5116 or Kathy 651-429-0059.

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.
Minneapolis, Jan. 21, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), 716 S. 7th St. (Purple Bldg entrance to 2nd floor) Red Skyway to Popkin Family Resource Center (Register, here.)
Edina, Feb. 11, Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road (Register, here.)
Stillwater, April 29, Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 4th Street North (Register, here.)
• Burnsville, March 18, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th Street (Register, here.)
Park Rapids, May 20, Calvary Lutheran Church, 112 S. Park Ave. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, May 20, Cherokee Park United Church, 371 Baker St. W. (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.
• St. Paul, Feb. 18, 10:00-5:00, Northdale Rec Center, 1414 St. Albans St. N. (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.
• Cottage Grove, Jan. 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cottage Grove Youth Service Bureau, 7064 W. Point Douglas Rd. (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. For information contact Jody at 651-645-2948 x109.
• Maplewood, Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Beaver Lake Church, 2280 Stillwater 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.)
• Mahtomedi, Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, in Sanctuary Bldg., Room 201 (Register, here.)
• Roseville, March 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. (Register, here.)

Parent Nights

Advocacy Works - Feel empowered to take the next step in your journey towards improving the mental health care system. Increase your understanding of key mental health issues for 2017 and how to have an impact on the legislative process, including how to call and write your elected officials. Presented by NAMI Minnesota’s executive director Sue Abderholden.
• Eagan, Jan. 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, in Lone Oak Room (Register, here.)

Raising a Child with Reactive Attachment Disorder -
Lakeville, Feb. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crystal Lake Education Center, 16250 Ipava Ave. (Register, here.)

Can Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Help Your Child?
• Apple Valley, March 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, in room 16 (Register, here.)

Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) -
• Eagan, April 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy., in Lone Oak Room (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.

Kidshop - Gain support from other children who have a parent or sibling with a mental illness. Through play and art, gain an understanding of what they may be going through, connect to others with similar experiences and learn that they are not alone. This program takes place on a Saturday for four hours and is for children in 1st through 8th grades.
• Cottage Grove, Jan. 28, 10:00-12:00, Youth Service Bureau, 7064 West Point Douglas Rd. S. Suite 201 (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Feb. 25, 10:00-2:00, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 674 Johnson Pkwy. (Register, here.)

For the General Public

Legislative Training: How to Be An Effective Mental Health Advocate - Spend a Saturday with NAMI Minnesota executive director Sue Abderholden to learn about the legislative process and how you can be an effective advocate.
• St. Paul, Jan. 14, 10:00-12:00, NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31 (Register, here.)

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 or 651-645-2948 x132.
Duluth, Feb. 10, 8:30-5:30, MN Adult and Teen Challenge, 1 East 1st Street, Suite 100 (Register, here.)
Pine City, Feb. 17, 8:00-5:00, Pine City Technical & Community College, 900 Fourth St. SE (Register, here.)

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.
Next classes: Feb. 9, Mar. 7, May 11, and June 15, 11:30-12:30, all at NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or

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.)
• St. Paul, Jan. 27, 9:00-5:00, St. Paul Youth Services, 2100 Wilson Ave. (Register, here.)
• Oakdale, Feb. 11, 8:00-4:30, Skyview Community School, 1100 Heron Ave. N. (Register, here.)
• Stillwater, Feb. 18, 8:00-4:30, Early Childhood Family Center, 1111 Holcombe St. (Register, here.)
• White Bear Lake, March 4, 8:00-4:30, White Bear Lake Area High School South Campus, 3551 McKnight Rd. (Register, here.)

Understanding Mental Illnesses in the Workplace – Learn about the impact of mental illnesses on the workplace, the signs and symptoms, accommodations for a mental illness and how to support a mentally healthy workplace. This one-hour workshop is for small or large companies or organizations and can be offered over the lunch hour.

Classes For Professionals

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

Classes on Suicide Prevention

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