Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
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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 - 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.
• Grand Rapids, April 29, Community Presbyterian Church, 703 N. Pokegama Ave., Room 102. (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.)
• Burnsville, June 24, Church of the Way, 13768 Nicollet Ave. South (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, (Sunday) July 16, Shir Tikvah Synagogue, 1360 West Minnehaha Parkway (Register, here.)
• Litchfield, July 22, Meeker Memorial Hospital, 612 S. Sibley Ave., Conference Center (Register, here.)
• Anoka, August 5, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. (Register, here.)
• Fergus Falls, Aug. 19, Life Church, 901 Co Hwy 116 (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Sept. 16, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), 716 S. 7th St. (Purple Bldg entrance to 2nd floor, then Red Skyway to Popkin Family Resource Center) (Register, here.)
• Le Sueur, Oct. 7, Le Sueur Community Center, 821 East Ferry Street (Register, here.)
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.)
Transitions – Learn how to help your teen or young adult access resources to succeed in school, employment and independent living. Understand the rights young adults gain when they reach 18 and how to help guide them if they are not ready for total independence. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults.
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.)
• Burnsville, May 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ridges Education Center, 152 Cobblestone Lane, in Birch Room (Register, here.)
• Plymouth, May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N., in Vicksburg Room (Register, here.)
• Apple Valley, June 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, in Conference Room (Register, here.)
Special Education - Helping Students Succeed – Learn the basics about the special education process (evaluation, Individualized Education Plans, students’ rights), how complex it is, and the laws and rules that impact children with a mental illness or in the Emotional or Behavioral Disability (EBD) category such as 504 Plans, the use of seclusion and restraints, and discipline policies. You will leave with a better understanding of the role you play as a parent on the special education team and how to advocate for your child to help them succeed in school. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.
• Burnsville, May 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Dakota County Library, 1101 W. Co. Road 42, Burnhaven Conference Room (Register, here.)
Eating Disorders and Body Image
• Savage, June 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Savage Library, 13090 Alabama Ave. (Register, here.)
Smoking, Teens and Mental Health
• Shakopee, Sept. 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Shakopee Library, 235 Lewis Street South (Register, here.)
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. See flyer.
• Burnsville, May 20, 10:00-2:00, Ridges Education Center, 152 Cobblestone Lane, in Birch Room (Register, here.)
Progression – Learn from other teens and young adults how to maintain good mental health by recognizing early signs of returning symptoms, understanding how to deal with stress and anxiety, and teaching siblings, parents and friends how to help you. This class empowers teens and young adults to take charge of their lives by providing education and information on mental illnesses, treatment options and the hope for recovery. It’s a safe space to talk to others who are going through similar experiences and to not feel alone. This class meets for two hours, once a week for 6 weeks and is for teens.
• Burnsville, Tuesdays, April 25 through May 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Ridges Education Center, 152 Cobblestone Lane (Register, here.)
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.
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: May 11, June 15, July 11 and Aug.10, 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 email@example.com.
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
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
• Blaine, June 3, 2:00-3:30, Northtown Library, 711 Co. Hwy 10 Frontage Road (Register, here.)
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.
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.)
• Red Wing, May 9, 8:00-5:00, Christ Episcopal Church, 321 West Ave. (Register, here.)
• Burnsville, May 17, 8:00-5:00, Fairview Ridges Education Center 152 Cobblestone Lane (Register, here.)
• Anoka, May 20, 8:00-5:00, First Congregational UCC of Anoka, 1923 Third Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• West St. Paul, June 21, 8:00-5:00, Dakota County Service Center, 1 Mendota Road (Register, here.)
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