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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."

NAMI's 40-City, 40th Anniversary Presentation – "40 Years of Change"  NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden will cover the history of the mental health system in Minnesota and the many positive changes NAMI Minnesota has helped to create. We will also seek input from community members about their current needs and hopes for the future. Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged but not required.
Winona, Dec. 8, 12:00-1:30, Winona City Hall, 207 Lafayette St., in Council Chambers on 3rd Floor (Register, here.)
Rochester, Dec. 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Rochester Area Foundation, 12 Elton Hills Drive NW (Register, here.)
Eagan, Dec. 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Horizons Minnesota Mental Health Clinics, 3450 O’Leary Lane (Register, here.)
Minneapolis, Dec. 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., in conference room (Register, here.) Event is part of NAMI Hennepin County's Holiday Party, all are welcome - Please See Details.
St. Paul, Jan. 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Pkwy. N., This special 40-City Tour Finale will also include what NAMI learned on the tour and the focus for advocates in 2017. (Register, here.)

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 - 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. Please bring your own lunch. For information call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.
• South St. Paul, Dec. 3, First Presbyterian Church, 535 20th Ave. N. (Register, 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.
• Excelsior, Starts Jan. 16,  Meets Mondays, 6:30-9:00 p.m. For information or to register, call Tom at 952-412-7385.

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. This class is for parents, not educators. Educators should try the Recognizing Early Warning signs class.
• St. Paul, Feb. 18, 10:00-5:00, Northdale Rec Center, 1414 St. Albans St. N. (Register, here.)

Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families- Learn the role of county crisis teams, de-escalation techniques, and how to create effective crisis plans. This workshop also provides information on community resources.

Helping Students Succeed - Special Education
This two-hour 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.
• Cottage Grove, Jan. 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cottage Grove Youth Service Bureau, 7064 W. Point Douglas Rd. (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 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 - This class will help family members and loved ones of a person who has experienced psychosis understand symptoms, causes and treatments.  Participants will learn how to advocate for and how to help a young person get back to work, school and achieve recovery.

Parent Nights

How to Successfully Advocate for Your Child - Parents of a child living with the mental illness and/or disabilities will learn how to effectively advocate for their child with providers regarding treatment plans and challenging behaviors, and with family, friends and caregivers on how best to meet the needs of their child.
• Prior Lake, Dec. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Shepherd of the Lake Church, 3611 Shepherds Path NW (Register, here.)

Self Harm & Your Child -
• Eagan, Dec. 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, in Lone Oak Room (Register, here.)

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 Youth

Progression - This 6-Session 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, ages 13-19, 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.
• West St. Paul, Nov. 8 to Dec. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Mendota Rd. W., Suite 500 (Register, here.)

Kidshop - Why do they act that way? It’s not fair! It’s embarrassing! These complaints are often voiced by kids who have a parent or sibling with a mental illness. Kidshop provides a fun experience where kids join in activities, share concerns, get support and learn they are not alone.
• 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, 10:00-12:00, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 674 Johnson Pkwy. (Register, here.)

For Professionals

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

For the Community

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

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 Nancy Quinn at or 651-645-2948 x132.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - ASIST is a best practice in suicide prevention designed for individuals who want to be able to provide suicide first aid. During the two-day interactive training, 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. (Lunch is not provided. Bring a bag lunch or money and join the group in ordering a delivery.)

Get to Know NAMI: Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 9 and Mar. 7, 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

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.

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.)

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 the warning signs of 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.
• Coon Rapids, Dec. 13, 1:30-4:30, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 11200 Mississippi Blvd., in Room SC270 (Register, here.)

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.

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