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."
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.
International Falls, Oct. 3, 8:00-9:30 a.m., Rainy River Community College, 1501 US-71, in Room H-104 (Register, here.)
Virginia, Oct. 3, 12:00-1:30, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 901 4th St. S. (Register, here.)
Grand Rapids, Oct. 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 703 N Pokegama Ave. (Register, here.)
Wadena, Oct. 15, 10:00-11:30, Southbrook Baptist Church, 1842 2nd St. SW (Register, here.)
Detroit Lakes, Oct. 15, 1:00-2:30, Detroit Lakes Library, 1000 Washington Ave. (Register, here.)
Crookston, Oct. 17, 8:00-9:30 a.m., U of M Crookston, 2900 University Ave., Sargeant Student Center, Prairie Room, use Parking Lot A. (Register, here.)
Thief River Falls, Oct. 17, 12:00-1:30, Thief River Falls Library, 102 1st St. E. (Register, here.)
Bemidji, Oct. 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Bemidji State University, Union Hall, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, in Crying Wolf Room (Register, here.)
Park Rapids, Oct. 18, 12:00-1:30, Park Rapids Public Library, 210 1st Street W., in conference room (Register, here.)
Brainerd, Oct. 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Our Place, 323 S. 9th Street, in conference room (Register, here.)
Fergus Falls, Oct. 24, 8:00-9:30 a.m., AmericInn, 526 Western Ave., in conference room (Register, here.)
Morris, Oct. 24, 12:00-1:30, Stevens Community Medical Center, 400 E. 1st Street, in Multi-Purpose Room (Register, here.)
Alexandria, Oct. 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Solutions BHP, 512 30th Avenue E., in Suite 100 (Register, here.)
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.
• Excelsior, Oct. 15, Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St. (Register, here.)
• Hopkins, Nov. 5, 9:00-3:00, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 500 Blake Road S. (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. Classes are underway in Plymouth, Edina, Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, Deephaven, Oakdale, Winona, and Coon Rapids.
• Lakeville, Sept. 20, Meets Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00, Trinity Church 10658 210th Street West. Contact: Joan 612-205-7080
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.
• Rosemount, Oct. 7, 9:00-4:00 p.m., Rosemount Community Center, 13885 South Robert Trail (Register, here.)
• Belle Plaine, Oct. 13, 9:00-4:00, Prairie Oaks Institute, Harvest House, 1200 W. South Street (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.
• St. Paul, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northwest Como Recreation Center, 1550 Hamline Avenue North (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Nov. 3, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Sheridan Auditorium, 1201 University Ave. NE (Register, here.)
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.
• Shakopee, Oct. 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Shakopee Library, 235 S. Lewis Street (Register, here.)
• Shoreview, Nov. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Shoreview Library, 4570 North Victoria Street (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.
• Cottage Grove, Oct. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway, in St. Croix Room (Register, here.)
• Farmington, Nov. 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Farmington Library, 508 3rd Street (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.
• Shoreview, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Shoreview Library, 4570 North Victoria St. (Register, here.)
• Prior Lake, Oct. 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave SE (Register, here.)
Financial Empowerment - Learn to create a simple calendar budget, explore the habits necessary to stick with a budget, connect to financial resources and set up one-on-one meetings with a financial empowerment educator.
• Apple Valley, Oct. 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road (Register, here.)
Holiday Anxiety -
• Burnsville, Nov. 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m., ISD 191 Community Education Center, 200 W Burnsville Parkway, Suite 100 (Register, here.)
How to Successfully Advocate for Your Child -
* West St. Paul, Nov. 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Avenue E. (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.)
Ending the Silence - is designed to give students an opportunity to learn the symptoms and indicators of mental health challenges, and to learn ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. The presentation includes a personal story from a young adult living with a mental illness about their journey to recovery.
• Minneapolis, Oct. 2, 9:10-10:00, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 31st Ave. South (Register, here.)
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.
• Inver Grove Heights, Nov. 12, 10:00-2:00, River Heights Vineyard Church, 6070 Cahill Ave. E. (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 email@example.com or 651-645-2948 x132.
• Winona, Sept. 30, 8:00-5:00, Celanese Corporation, 4610 Theurer Blvd. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Oct. 1, 8:00-5:00, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Ave. (Register, here.)
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: Oct. 18, in White Bear Lake, 7:00-8:00 p.m., District Center, 4855 Bloom Ave. 112, in Board Room. Also, Nov. 10, & Dec. 7 at 11:30-12:30 at NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
• Buffalo, Oct. 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 3477 10th Street NE. (No registration required.)
• Rockford, Nov. 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Our Father’s Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE (No registration required)
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.)
• Grand Rapids, Nov. 3, 8:00-5:00, Blandin Foundation, 100 Pokegama Ave. N., in Stender Community Room (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.
• Elk River, Nov. 29, 9:00-Noon, Sherburne County Government Center, County Board Room, 13880 Business Center Dr. NW (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.
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