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

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
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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 - 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. For registration information contact the person listed.
• Moorhead, Sept 3, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Lyn at 218-443-5286
• Plymouth, Sept 4, Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Denny at 763-550-0490 or KC at 763-670-2281
• Duluth, Sept 7, Sundays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Barb at 218-728-4397 or Cindy at 218-355-8928
• Woodbury, Sept 8, Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Diane at 651-323-3298
• Edina, Sept. 8, Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Kay at 612-821-0412 or Gina at 612-859-7095
• Winona, Sept. 8, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Jean at 507-459-9378 or Judy at 507-458-0714
• Coon Rapids,
Sept 9, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00, Becca at 612-790-0938 or Mary Kay at 763-226-7088
• Lakeville, Sept. 9, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Joan at 612-205-7080
• St. Paul, Sept 9, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Debbie at 952-836-5927 or Marilyn at 651-497-6858
• Roseville, Sept 10, Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Anne at 651-653-5116 or Stacia at 651-330-1730

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; call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.
• Anoka, Sept. 13, Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Avenue North (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Sept. 13, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Sept. 20, The Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N. 17th St. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Oct. 4, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• Mountain Iron, Oct. 4, 10:00-4:00, Messiah Lutheran Church, 8590 Enterprise Dr. S. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Oct. 11, Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Avenue North (Register, here.)
• Fairmont, Oct. 18, Fairmont Hy-Vee, 907 S. State St. (Register, here.)
• Bemidji, Oct. 25, Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW (Register, here.)
• Anoka
, Nov. 8, Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Avenue North (Register, here.)
• Rosseau, Nov. 20, LifeCare Medical Center, 715 Delmore Dr. (Register, here.)
• Duluth, Nov. 22, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 E. 8th St. (Register, here.)
• Waconia, Nov. 22, Waconia Moravian Church, 209 East 2nd St. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis
, Dec. 6, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Dec. 20, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St. (Register, here.)

Family Connections – Borderline Personality Course
This 12-week course is for family members who have a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder. It provides the most current information on Borderline Personality Disorder, teaches coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and helps families develop a support network. The course is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
• St. Paul, starts Sept. 24, Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:30, at United Hospital (To register, contact Kara at 651-645-2948 x114 or kbennett@namimn.org)
Minneapolis, starts Sept. 25, Thursday nights from 6:00-8:30, at Hennepin County Medical Center (To register, contact Kara at 651-645-2948 x114 or kbennett@namimn.org)

For Youth

Progression - 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. Register for a Progression class below or contact Andrea Lee at alee@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x106. See Flyer.
• Minneapolis, Sept. 18 to Oct. 23, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fuller Park Rec Center, 4800 Grand Ave S. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Oct. 2 to Nov. 6, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Ave. (Register, here.)
• Lakeville,
Oct. 7 to Nov. 11, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hosanna! Church, 9600 163rd Street W. (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 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. You are not alone! Join us at this valuable and informative workshop.

Special Education - This 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.
Elk River, Sept. 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Hadke Center, 1170 Main Street. (Register, here.)

For the Community

Get to Know NAMI: Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m., at Andover Community Center, 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW, in Community Room B. Sessions on Oct. 7, Nov. 13 and Dec. 3 all at 11:30-12:30 at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.

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.

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 Donna, 651-645-2948 x101.
• Minneapolis, Oct. 13, 8:30-5:30, The Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N. 17th St. (Register, here.)
• Moorhead, Oct. 16, 8:30-5:30, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4000 28th St. S. (Register, here.)
• Albert Lea, Nov. 13, 8:30-5:30, Grace Lutheran Church, 918 Garfield Ave. (Register, here.)

Mental Illness in the Workplace - Lunch and Learn Brown Bag workshop that provides an opportunity for employers and employees to: understand mental illnesses as they might appear in the workplace, challenge the myths and stigma surrounding them, learn about appropriate accommodations, and learn how to make their workplaces more accepting of people living with a mental illness. Schedule a presentation, 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.

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 - 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.)
Cannon Falls, Sept. 13 & 20, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at First Congregational Church, 220 W. Main Street, must attend both sessions. (Register, here.)

For Professionals

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.

Mental Health Certification Training - 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. The training is open to the public and is appropriate for anyone who may come into contact with an individual experiencing a mental health crisis. It 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.

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.

Online Classes for Professionals

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.)

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