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.
• Lakeville, Mar. 4, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Joan at 612-205-7080
• Minneapolis, Mar. 5, Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Beth at 651-210-5530 or Rachel at 612-327-7275
• Rochester, Mar. 13, Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Diana at 507-287-1692
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.
• St. Paul, Mar. 15, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St., (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, 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.)
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. To register for any Progression class, contact Andrea Lee at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-645-2948 x106.
• Minneapolis, Mar. 18 to Apr. 22, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Fuller Park Recreation Center, 4800 Grand Ave.
• Inver Grove Heights, Apr. 7 to May 12, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 7160 S Robert Trail
• Eden Prairie, One-week Progression summer camp. Monday through Friday, June 16-20, from 10:00-12:00 p.m., at Wooddale Church, 6630 Shady Oak Road. Registration is required.
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.
County Budget Training - Gain an increased understanding of county government funding for mental health services and how to impact those decisions at informational sessions presented by NAMI Minnesota at various locations around the state. Participants will also learn how to impact how mental health funds are used, how to follow county boards, how the budgeting process works, how to setup meetings with key county staff and how to advocate for themselves and others. No registration is required. Please invite others to attend.
Get to Know NAMI: (Apr. 1, 7:00 p.m. in Rosemount, Robert Trail Library,14395 S. Robert Trail), May 13, June 4, July 10, Aug. 12, (Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m., at site TBD in Anoka county). 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 email@example.com.
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.
• Duluth, (CLASS IS FULL - Waiting list available) March 25, 8:00-5:00, St. Luke's Hospital, Clinic Building, Room 329A, 1011 East First Street (This class is free because of a DHS grant) (Register, here.)
MNsure Informational Sessions
Participants will learn about health insurance options, value of coverage, options under MNSure, MA expansion, changes to Minnesota Care and the benefits to people living with mental illnesses.
• Minneapolis, March 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S. (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.
• Crookston, April 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Crookston Public Library, 110 N. Ash Street
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.
• Anoka, Apr. 11, 9:00-5:00, First Congregational UCC of Anoka, 925 3rd Ave. South. Free and includes lunch (Register, here.)
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. (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.