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 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.
Class sizes are limited - you must register to attend. To register, call the person listed in your area.
• St. Paul, Sept. 3, Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, to register contact Marilyn at 651-497-6858 or Deb at 952-836-5927
• Coon Rapids, Sept. 8, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m, to register contact Becca at 612-790-0938 or Mary Kay at 763-226-7088
• Little Falls, Sept. 8, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, at Little Falls Drop In Center, 120 East Broadway, Little Falls, contact Barbara Jean at 320-630-0268 or Jean at 320-532-3829
• Moorhead, Sept. 9, Wednesdays, 5:30-8:00, contact Lyn at 218-477-0097
• Winona, Mondays & Wednesdays for 6 weeks, starts Sept. 9, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road, in Media Center, contact Jean at 507-454-1237 or Judy at 507-452-4748
• Deephaven, Sept. 10, Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, contact Susanna at 952-261-0574 or Shelly at 320-282-2645
• Duluth, Sept. 13, Sundays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Birch Tree Center, 4720 Burning Tree Road. Contact Barb at 218-728-4397 or Cindy at 218-355-8928
• Hastings, Wednesdays, Sept.16, 6:30-9:00, to register, contact Donna at 651-788-6363 or Melissa at 651-491-2129
• Edina, Sept 21, Mondays, 6:30-9:00, contact Kay at 612-821-0412 or Peggy at 651-206-5876
• Lakeville, Sept. 22, Tuesdays, 6:30- 9:00, contact Joan at 612-205-7080
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.
• Minneapolis, Aug. 15, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Sept. 19, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Oct. 3, The Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N. 17th St. (Register, here.)
• Excelsior, Oct. 17, Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Oct. 24, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Nov. 21, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
Family Connections – Borderline Personality Class - 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.
• Metro Area, Starts this fall, date/place TBD. Contact Marilyn at 651-645-2948 x131.
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.
• Ramsey, Aug. 20, 8:30-3:00, Lord of Life Church,14501 Nowthen Boulevard Northwest (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.
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.
• Apple Valley, Sept. 19, from 10:00-2:00. To register, call Kara Bennett at 651-645-2948 x114.
• Minneapolis, Oct. 10, from 10:00-2:00. To register, call Kara Bennett at 651-645-2948 x114.
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, 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. For information contact Andrea: 651-645-2948 x106 or
• Burnsville, July 6 to Aug. 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Diamondhead Education Center, 200 Burnsville Parkway, Room B103 (Register, here.)
Understanding Early Episode Psychosis- This class will help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery.
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 Kara Bennett at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-645-2948 X 114.
• Albert Lea, Aug. 4, 8:30-5:30, American Legion Post 56, 142 North Broadway (Register, here.)
• Morris, Aug. 12, 8:30-5:30, University of Minnesota, Morris, 600 East 4th Street, Imholte Hall- Room 112 (Register, here.)
• Winona, Aug. 21, 8:30-5:30, American Legion Post 9, 302 East Sarnia (Register, here.)
• Red Wing , Aug. 22, 8:30-5:30, United Lutheran Church, 628 West 5th Street (Register, here.)
• Rochester , Sept. 17, 8:30-5:30, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1884 22nd St NW (Register, here.)
• Bloomington, Sept. 29, 8:30-5:30, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road (Register, here.)
• Bloomington, Oct. 8, 8:30-5:30, at Cornerstone, 1000 East 80th Street (Register, here.)
• Harris, Oct. 29, 8:30-5:30, Covenant Church, 43680 Gates Ave. (Register, here.)
• Rockford, Oct. 29, 8:00-5:00, Our Father's Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE (Register, here.)
Get to Know NAMI: Aug. 11, Nov. 10, Dec. 1, Jan. 6, and Feb. 10, all at 11:30-12:30 at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Also Sept. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd., Room 109, St. Louis Park, and Oct. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Savage Public Library, 13090 Alabama Ave. S. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or email@example.com.
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.
• Burnsville, Aug. 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Church of the Risen Savior 1501 E. County Road 42, Contact: Chris Sorensen, Pastoral Minister at 952-698-1722
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.)
Community Conversations on Mental Health encourage people to talk about mental health and mental illnesses; challenge myths and misinformation; increase community knowledge and support; make communities inclusive and free from discrimination; promote prevention and early intervention; and agree to steps that communities can take. The session features a speaker followed by group discussion.
MNsure Information Session- 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. See MNsure Information Card.
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.
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 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,
Means Restriction Education - This training is for crisis responders, medical, and mental health professionals in how to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. Training includes how to develop safe options for gun removal and storage, and how to secure medications.
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Professionals - Specifically designed for police officers, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety professionals. This eight-hour class aims to help these individuals better understand mental illnesses and provide effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety.
• Morris, Sept. 2, 8:30-5:30, at University of Minnesota - Morris, Welcome Center, Room 122, 600 East 4th Street (Register, here.)
• Andover , Sept. 8, 8:00-5:00, Anoka County Sheriff's Office, Community Room, 13301 Hanson Boulevard Northwest (Register, here.)
Recognizing Early Warning Signs - This is a two-hour workshop whose educational objectives are to help educators and professionals learn about typical development for children, and youth, early warning signs that there might be a problem, gain an understanding of mental Illnesses and their symptoms, and learn strategies to support students who live with an illness. Strategies to talk to parents when there are mental health concerns, and suicide prevention, information and referrals are also included. Meets the continuing education requirement for teachers.
• St. Paul, Aug. 4, 10:00-12:00, NAMI, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31 (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.
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. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. (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. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. (Log in and Take Class, here.)
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