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Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
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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; call NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948.
• St. Paul, Feb. 14, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, Mar. 14, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. N. (Register, here.)
• Hampton, Mar. 28, St. Mathias Church, 23315 Northfield Blvd. (Register, here.)
• Sartell, Mar. 28, St. Francis Xavier Parish- Xavier Hall, 219 2nd Street North (Register, here.) 
• Austin,
Apr. 11, First Congregational Church UCC, 1910 Third Ave. NW   (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Apr. 18, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St. (Register, here.)
• Anoka, May 9, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, 3301 7th Ave. N. (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, May 16, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5051 Eden Ave. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, June 20, Regions Hospital, North Oaks Room, 640 Jackson St. (Register, here.)

Gray Matters: Depression in Older Adults- Feelings of sadness, loneliness and grief are normal. However, when this sadness is intense, is felt for a long period of time, interferes with our ability to get along with others or to carry out the activities of every day life.....then it could be depression. Join NAMI Minnesota to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, treatment, recovery and resources for depression in older adults. Depression is not a normal part of aging.
• Anoka, Feb. 10, 7:00-8:15 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 525 Jackson St. (See flyer.)
• Lino Lakes, Mar. 1, 11:45-1:00, Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 7330 Lake Drive. For information, call 651-784-7667

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, call the contact person listed in your area. More winter classes will be posted. Several more Family-to-Family classes will be offered this winter/spring.
• Winona, Feb. 9- Mar. 18, (6 Mondays & Wednesdays, 12 classes total), from 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Winona Middle School Media Center Classroom. For information or to register (REQUIRED) call Peggy Welshons at 507-429-3255.
Minneapolis, Feb. 10, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30. For details and to register, call Rachel at 612-327-7275

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. You are not alone! Join us at this valuable and informative workshop.
• Hampton, Feb. 12, 8:30-3:00, St. Mathias Church, 23315 Northfield Blvd. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Mar. 17, 8:30-3:00, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 South Snelling Ave. (Register, here.)
Owatonna, Apr. 22, 8:30-3:00, Owatonna Hospital, Room 1487, 2250 NW 26th Street (Register, here.)
Forest Lake, May 12, 8:30-3:00, Headwaters Service Center,19955 Forest Road North (Register, here.)

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 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 please contact Andrea at 651-645-2948 x106 or alee@namimn.org.
Minneapolis, Mondays, Mar 2 to Apr. 6, at Zion Lutheran Church, 128 West 33rd Street. (Register, here.)  See flyer.

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.
St. Paul, Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave. (Register, here.)
Forest Lake, May 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Headwaters Service Center,19955 Forest Road North (Register, here.)

For Youth

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.
Eden Prairie, Feb. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pax Christi Catholic Community Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail (Register, here.)
Bloomington, April 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road (Register, here.)
St. Louis Park, June 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Park Nicollet Melrose Institute, Namaste Conference Room, 3525 Monterey Drive (Register, here.)

For the Community

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.
Burnsville, Feb. 2, 4:30-5:30, Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42 (Register, here.)
Inver Grove Heights, Feb. 3, 4:30-5:30, Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. (Register, here.)
West St. Paul, Feb. 4, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Northern Service Center, Room 260, 1 Mendota Road West (Register, here.)
• Red Wing, Feb. 9, 6:30-7:30, Red Wing Mayo Professional Building & Community Center, 1407 W. 4th St. (No registration required.)
Eagan, Feb. 10, 4:30-5:30, Wescott Library,13540 Wescott Road (Register, here.)
Apple Valley, Feb. 11, 4:30-5:30, Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave. (Register, here.)
Coon Rapids, Feb. 17, 4:00-5:00, Anoka County Crooked Lake Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd. (Register, here.)
Chaska, Feb. 26, 2:00-3:00, Chaska Library, 3 City Hall Plaza, in Valley Room (Register, here.)
Willmar, Mar. 25, 12:30-1:30, Willmar Public Library, 410 5th Street Southwest (Register, here.)
Culver, Apr. 30, 8:00-9:00 p.m., at South Ridge School, 8162 Swan Lake Road (See Flyer)

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.
St. Louis Park, Feb. 8, 1:30-4:00, the St. Louis Park Middle School gym, 2025 Texas Ave. (Register, here.) Guest speaker Ken Barlow. See Poster.
• Staples, Feb. 5, 7:00-9:00 pm, Staples Alliance Church, 1512 8th St. NE (No registration required.)
Aitkin, Feb. 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, Beanery Cafe, 209 Minnesota Ave. N. (No registration required.)
• Wayzata, Feb. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd. E (No registration required.)

Mental Illness in Youth Forum - The goal of the forum is to is to educate and inform people about mental illness and to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Features a panel discussion with Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota; Steve Lepinski, Exceutive Director of Washburn Center for Children; State Sen. Barb Goodwin, and former State Rep. Mindy Greiling. No registration required.
• Richfield, March 14, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Richfield Municipal Center, City Council Chambers, 6700 Portland Ave. S. For information, call 651-645-2948 x118. See Flyer.

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.)
Alexandria, April 7, 8:30-5:30, First Lutheran Church, 822 Douglas Street (Register, here.)
Forest Lake, April 15, 8:30-5:30,Headwaters Service Center,19955 Forest Road North (Register, here.)
• Baxter,
April 24, 8:30-5:30, Nystrom & Associates, Ltd., 13045 Falcon Drive, Suite 100 (Register, here.)
New Brighton, May 12, 8:30-5:30, Nystrom & Associates, Ltd., 1900 Silver Lake Road, Suite 110 (Register, here.)
Red Lake Falls, May 27, 8:30-5:30, Red Lake Falls Community & City Hall, 108 2nd St. SW (Register, here.)

Get to Know NAMI: Feb. 11, Mar. 10, May 5, June 11, July 14 and Aug 11. all at 11:30-12:30 at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Also April 14, at 7 p.m. in Hutchinson at Ridgewater College. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org. Share Flyer.

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 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 kbennett@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 X 114.

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.

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, here.

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.
• Culver, Apr. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., South Ridge School, 8162 Swan Lake Road (See Flyer)

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.

For Professionals

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents - Early intervention and treatment is essential for a child’s success. This two hour workshop provides information on the biological nature of mental illness and how parents and teachers can work together as allies to support these students. This workshop meets the continuing education requirement for teachers.

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. There is a $75 fee for this training - includes lunch and materials.

Means Restriction Education - Newly designed training is for medical professionals, crisis responders, and mental health center staff to learn how to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. This 1.5 hour training includes how to develop safe options for gun removal and storage, and how to secure medications. Contact Donna, 651-645-2948 x101.

Online Classes for Professionals

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. (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. (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