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800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
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Free Classes

"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.
• Burnsville, Jan. 27, Church of the Way, 13768 Nicollet Ave. South  (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Feb. 3, Loyola Spirituality Center, 389 North Oxford Street (Register, here.)
• Grand Rapids, April 28, Community Presbyterian Church, 703 Pokegama Ave. N., in Room 102 (Register, 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. Call to register or ask questions.
• Savage, Jan. 11, Meets Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., call Janet 952-890-1669
• Excelsior, Meets Mondays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., call Tom at 952-412-7385
• Albany, Feb. 1, Meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., call Sanda or Chuck at 320-290-7713
• White Bear Lake, Feb. 7, Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., call Beth at 651-210-5530

Family Connections - Borderline Personality Class Learn the most current information on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Family member develop a support network through the class. The course is free of charge, but preregistration is required. This 12-week class is for family members who have a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder. Registrations are open for a new web-based class, and also for a regular class to be offered in Winter/Spring of 2018. If you are interested in either of these classes, send an e-mail to mdornfeld@namimn.org. Include a phone number for an interview to attend the class.

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.

Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families – Learn to recognize, manage and plan for your child’s mental health crisis. Participants will also learn de-escalation 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.
• Burnsville, March 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Road 42 West, in Burnhaven Conference Room (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.
• Eagan, Jan. 25, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy (Register, here.)
• Crystal, Feb. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Crystal Learning Center, 305 Willow Bend. To register, call Melodie Hanson at 763-504-4981 or email Melodie_hanson@rdale.org.

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.)
• Crystal, March 13, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Crystal Neighborhood Outreach Office, 227 Willow Bend. To register, call Melodie Hanson at 763-504-4981 or email Melodie_hanson@rdale.org.

Parent Nights

Help - Technology is Taking Control
• Burnsville, Feb. 8, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Burnsville YMCA, 13850 Portland Ave. S. (Register, here.) See flyer.

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.

Classes For Professionals

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.

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.
• Robbinsdale, March 26-27, 8:30-4:30, North Memorial Specialty Center – Terrace Mall, 3500 France Avenue North, Register, here. For more information, contact Kara at 651-645-2948 x114 or kbennett@namimn.org.

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.
The next Get to Know NAMI classes are set for:
St. Paul, Feb. 1 and March 14, 11:30-12:30 all at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Also East St. Paul, Feb. 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m., at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.

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.
• Hastings, Jan. 23, CANCELLED
• St. Paul, Jan. 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m., NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31 (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Jan. 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m., NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31 (Register, here.)
• Plymouth, Feb. 6, CANCELLED
• St. Paul, Feb. 10, 10:00-Noon, NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Rd., 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 nquinn@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x132.

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.)
• Hibbing, Jan. 26, 8:00-5:00, Fairview Plaza, 1200 East 25th Street, in Taconite Room (Register, here.)
• Burnsville, Jan. 30, 8:00-5:00, ISD 191 District Office, 200 Burnsville Pkwy. (Register, here.)
• St. Louis Park, Feb. 12, 8:00-5:00, Tree Trust, 2231 Edgewood Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• Appleton, April 11, 8:00-5:00, Appleton Municipal Hospital, 30 S. Behl Street (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