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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."

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.
• New Ulm, August 13, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1515 North Garden St. (Register, here.)
• Inver Grove Heights, Aug. 20, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2075 70th St. E. (Register, here.)
• Perham, Aug. 27, The Church of Saint Henry, 234 2nd Ave. SW (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Sept. 10, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue S. (Register, here.)
• Morris, Sept. 24, Faith Lutheran Church, 108 W. 8th St. (Register, here.)
• Excelsior, Oct. 15, Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St. (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. To register, contact the person listed. Registration is Required.
• Deephaven, Sept. 8, Meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, Church of St. Therese, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd. Contact: Susanna 952-393-5828 or Shelly 320-282-2645
• Excelsior/Chanhassen, Sept. 8, Meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Dr., Excelsior. Contact: Sara 612-770-7466
• Plymouth, Sept. 8, Meets Thursdays, 6:30-9:00, St. Barnabus Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road. Contact: Elizabeth 612-432-0471 or Pam 612-419-6659
• Edina, Sept. 12, Meets Mondays, 6:30-9:00, Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave. Contact Gina 612-859-7097 or Kay 612-821-0412
• Forest Lake, Sept. 13, meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Immanuel Church, 9511 W. Broadway Ave. Contact: Doug 612-310-5707 or Anne 651-653-5116
• Minneapolis, Sept. 13, Meets Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S. Contact: Lei 612-722-9309 or Nancy 612-724-5641
• White Bear Lake, Sept. 14, Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00, WBL High School South Campus, 3551 McKnight Rd. Contact: Jody 651-407-8616 or Lisa 651-402-7108
• Winona, Sept. 19, Meets Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00, Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road, in the Media Center. Contact: Judy 507-458-0714
• Coon Rapids, Sept. 20, Meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Church of the Epiphany, 1900 111th Ave. NW. Contact: Becca 612-790-0938 or Mary Kay 763-226-7088
• Lakeville, Sept. 20, Meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Trinity Church 10658 210th Street West. Contact: Joan 612-205-7080
• Sartell/St. Cloud, Sept. 21, Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00,Unity Spiritual Center, 931 5th Ave N. Contact: Chuck or Sanda 320-290-7713

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.
• St. Louis Park, August 11, 9:30-4:00, St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Nov. 12, 8:30-3:00, 1250 W. Broadway Ave. Suite S2-403 (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.
• Golden Valley, Aug. 9, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Golden Valley Library, 830 Winnetka Ave. N. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Nov. 3, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Sheridan Auditorium, 1201 University Ave. NE (Register, here.)

Special Education Workshop- This 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.
• Minneapolis, Aug. 18, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Whittier School, 315 W. 26th St. (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.

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.

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.
• Elk River, Oct. 5-Nov. 9, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (free meal at 6:00), at Open Doors for Youth, 554 3rd Street NW, Suite 201(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.

For the Community

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. She will also seek input from community members about their current needs and hopes for the future. The presentations are free and open to the public. Registration encouraged but not required.
• Princeton, Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 12:30-1:30, at Princeton Community Library, 100 4th Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• Elk River, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Great River Regional Library, 13020 Orono Pkwy. (Register, here.)

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.

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.
• Minneapolis, Oct. 1, 8:00-5:00, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Ave. (Register, here.)

Mental Health First Aid, Older Adults Version - This public education program teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps participants identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The same content and book used in the Mental Health First Aid curriculum are used but with a focus older adults. The course is designed to help communities, families and anyone interested in better understanding geriatric mental health issues.

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. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop and 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: Aug. 3 & Sept. 13, 2016 all at 11:30-12:30 at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Also, Sept. 17, 10:00-11:00 in St. Paul at North Dale Rec Center, 1414 N. St. Albans St. and Oct. 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m., in White Bear Lake, at the District Center, 4855 Bloom Ave. 112, in the Board Room. 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.)
• Staples, August 3, 8:00-5:00, National Joint Powers Alliance, 202 12th St. NE (Register, here.)
• Little Falls, August 4, 8:00-5:00, Morrison County Government Center, 213 1st Ave. SE, in meeting room 1 (Register, here.)
• Moose Lake, August 17, 8:00-5:00, Moose Lake High School, 413 Birch Ave, in Media Center (Register, here.)

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.
• Harris, Sept. 15, 1:00-4:00, Harris Covenant Church, 43680 Gates Ave. (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.

Mental Illness in the Workplace - This training will provide a brief overview of mental illnesses, will increase your understanding of why disclosure is difficult, and will offer information on providing accommodations in the workplace. This 60 minute presentation can be delivered over the lunch hour. Schedule a presentation, here.

For Professionals

Connect Suicide Postvention Workshop - This is a half-day suicide postvention workshop that was created by NAMI New Hampshire. It teaches professionals how to best respond to a sudden death like suicide, reduce the risk of contagion and promote healthy recovery for both the suicide loss survivors and the greater community. Different versions of the workshop are offered for social services, mental health providers and school staff, and also for American Indians.

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Professionals - Early identification is essential to improving outcomes for individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Learn how to identify the warning signs of psychosis, talk to young people who may be experiencing symptoms, and review the latest treatment recommendations. Recommended for school personnel, social workers, first responders, and mental health professionals. Approved by the Board of Social Work, St. Paul, Minnesota (#CEP-83) to provide 2 CEUs upon completion.

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.

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, August 11, from 10:00-Noon, NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31 (Register, here.)

Adult Foster Care Mental Health Certification Training- This training is designed for staff working in adult foster care facilities and provides mental health certification for corporate adult foster care providers. The training helps to show how to assist an individual experiencing a mental health crisis, and is open to the public. Topics include mental health diagnoses, crisis response and deescalation techniques, treatment options, recovery, medications and their side effects, co-occurring disorder, community resources and more.

Online Classes for Professionals

NAMI Minnesota is a Continuing Education Provider approved by the Board of Social Work, St. Paul, Minnesota (Approval #CEP-83). Two CEUs are provided for each of the online courses below. You may also download and print a course completion certificate.

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. You may download and print a course completion certificate. Provides 2 CEUs upon completion. (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 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. You may download and print a course completion certificate. Provides 2 CEUs upon completion. (Log in and Take Class, 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