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

phone: 651-645-2948
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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.
• 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.
• Rochester, starts March 14 , meets Tuesdays, from 6:00-8:30 p.m., NAMI SE Minnesota, 1700 Broadway Ave. For information or to register (Required), contact 507-287-1692.

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, March 18, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th Street (Register, here.)
• Duluth, April 1, 9:00-3:00, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 East 8th Street (Register, here.)
Stillwater, April 29, Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 4th Street North (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.)
• Austin, June 17, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1600 West Oakland Ave. (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.
• Belle Plaine, May 4, 9:00-4:00, Prairies Oaks Institute, 1200 W South Street. (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.)
• Roseville, March 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. (Register, here.)

Parent Nights

Raising a Child with Reactive Attachment Disorder -
• 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.)
Mental Health and Nutrition -
• Burnsville, April 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Mary Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road E. (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

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.
• St. Paul, Feb. 25, 10:00-2:00, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 674 Johnson Pkwy. (Register, here.)

For the General Public

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.
• St. Louis Park, Mar. 17 & 18, 9:00-5:00, Melrose Center, 3525 Monterey Dr. (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: Mar. 7, May 11, and June 15, 11:30-12:30, all at NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Also April 12, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Andover Community Center, 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.  

Gray Matters: Understanding Mental Illness in Older Adults Learn the risk factors and warning signs of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and suicidal behavior 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. This 90-minute workshop is for anyone working with older adults such as nursing home, assisted living, day program, etc. (The classes listed here are open to the public.)
Understanding Depression in Older Adults
• New Ulm, Mar. 27, 12:30-1:30, Brown Co. Human Services, 1117 Center St., in New Ulm room. For information or registration, contact Mary Enander at mary.enander@co.brown.mn.us.
• Shakopee, April 4, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Scott County Law Enforcement Center 301 Fuller St. S. For registration or information, contact Alexa at 952.496.8530 or arundquist@co.scott.mn.us.
• Stillwater, May 7, 12:30-1:30, St. Paul Lutheran Church 609 South 5th St. Open to the public. No registration required. For information, contact the church at 651-439-5970 or Parish Nurse Linda Peterson at linda.k.peterson@lakeview.org.
• Chaska, May 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Government Center 600 East 4th St., in Township Hall
. A light snack will be provided. For registration or information, contact Pam Dwinell at 952.361.1035 or pdwinell@co.carver.mn.us
Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults
• New Ulm, Mar. 27, 1:45-3:15, Brown Co. Human Services, 1117 Center St., in New Ulm room. For information or registration, contact Mary Enander at mary.enander@co.brown.mn.us.

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.

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.
• Maplewood, March 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gladstone Community Center, 1945 Manton Street  (Register, here.)
• White Bear Lake, April 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Lakeaires Elementary School, 3963 Van Dyke Street (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, April 13, 2:00-3:00, Korean Service Center, 2417 Larpenteur Ave. W. For more information or to register, contact Marilyn at 651-645-2948 x131 or mdornfeld@namimn.org.

safeTALK - Learn how to support someone’s desire for safety by recognizing the warning signs of suicide, identifying people who are at risk, and applying the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person to suicide first aid resources. Listed on the national best practice registry, safeTALK 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 three-hour workshop is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to lean and practice the basic best practices in suicide prevention.
• Golden Valley, Mar. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 2400 Sandburg Lane #50. To Register: Email Melodie_hanson@rdale.org or call 763-504-4981.
• Willmar, April 20, 1:00-4:00, Willmar Public Library, 410 5th St. SW, in Multi-Purpose Room. (Register, here.)

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.)
• White Bear Lake, March 4, 8:00-4:30, White Bear Lake Area High School South Campus, 3551 McKnight Rd. (Register, here.)
• Waconia, Mar. 25, 8:00-5:00, Clearwater Middle School, 1650 Community Drive (Register, here.)

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