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Free Classes

"Amazing class! I felt supported, engaged and NOT alone on this journey. I really needed this!" - Parent

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 - 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.
• Duluth, Oct. 28, 9:00-4:00, Benedictine Living Community, 935 Kenwood Ave., To register, email NAMI Duluth at namiduluth@gmail.com.
• Excelsior, Oct. 28, Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd St. (Register, here.)
• St. Paul, Note: Sunday, Nov. 5, Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue (Register, here.)
• Richfield (In Spanish), Nov. 10, Esperanza para la recuperación, Dos clases disponibles, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:00-2:00 p.m., Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Ave., in meeting room. Registrar o llamar: https://esperanza-richfield11-10.eventbrite.com. Contact: Ana - 612-432-2402
• Edina, Nov. 11, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S. (Register, here.)
• Little Falls, Nov. 11, Note: 11:00-2:30, Great River Regional Library, 108 3rd Street NE (Register, here.)
• Minneapolis, Dec. 9, HCMC, 716 S. 7th St. (Purple Bldg. entrance to 2nd floor), Red Skyway to Popkin Family Resource Center (Register, here.)

Family-to-Family – Learn about mental illnesses, the brain, treatment, and resources to help a loved one living with a mental illness. Attendees will also build communication skills, reduce stress, find support and discover the common stages of emotional responses when supporting someone with a mental illness. This class meets weekly for two and a half hours for 12-weeks and is for family and friends of an adult living with a mental illness. Call to register or ask questions.
Savage, Jan. 11, 2018, will meet Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., call Janet 952-890-1669

For Parents & Caregivers of Children

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.

Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families – Learn to recognize, manage and plan for your child’s mental health crisis. Participants will also learn de-escalation techniques, and the role of county crisis teams and when to call 911. Develop a crisis plan for your child and family. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.
• Elko New Market, Oct. 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Elko New Market Library, 110 J Roberts Way (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.
• Eagan, Jan. 25, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy (Register, here.)

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 - see version for professionals, here.)
• Fridley, Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lee Carlson Center, 7920 University Ave. NE (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.

Parent Nights

Chemical Use by Adolescents
• Prior Lake, Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Avenue SE (Register, here.)
• Inver Grove Heights, Dec. 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Avenue East (Register, here.)

Family Fun Night
• South St. Paul, Nov. 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lincoln Center Elementary 357 9th Avenue North. To register, visit: https://tridistrict.ce.eleyo.com/search?q=5901-F17. For more information, contact the Jody Lyons at 651-645-2948 x109 or jlyons@namimn.org. See flyer.

Help - Technology is Taking Control
• Burnsville, Feb. 8, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Burnsville YMCA, 13850 Portland Ave. S. (Register, here.) See flyer.

For Children & Teens

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, (six sessions) Oct. 10 through Nov. 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Ridges Education Center 152 Cobblestone Lane, in Maple Room (Register, here.)

For Professionals

Find NAMI Minnesota's classes for professionals, including online classes.

Gray Matters – Learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses 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. There is a series of five workshops. These workshops are for anyone working with older adults such as nursing homes, assisted living, day programs, senior centers, senior housing, assisted living pastoral care staff, church befrienders, Steven’s Ministry volunteers, case managers, Meals on Wheels volunteers etc.

For the General Public

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.
The next Get to Know NAMI classes are set for:
Owatonna, Oct. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.,Owatonna Hospital 2250 NW 26th St. Room 1489. RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.
St. Paul, Nov. 1, Dec. 7, Jan. 9, Feb. 1, 11:30-12:30 all at the NAMI office, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.

Good Mental Health in the Workplace: Five Things You Can Do – Learn the five things you can do to create a workplace that values good mental health. Participants will learn how to promote good mental health (including dealing with stress), the common symptoms of a mental illness, how attitudes and language impact people with mental illnesses, and accommodations for a mental illness.  This one-hour workshop is for small or large companies or organizations and can be offered over the lunch hour.

Grassroots Mental Health Advocacy - NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers this session in order to help local advocates understand how past legislative successes can be used to continue to build the mental health system. Participants will learn strategies involved in Grassroots Advocacy and look at some of the realities of working in your county, including working with your county's local mental health advisory councils. It will include multiple opportunities for participants to discuss some of the realities of creating forward progress on building the mental health system throughout the state.
• Albert Lea, Oct. 24, 12:00-1:00, Albert Lea City Hall, 221 E. Clark St. See flyer. (Register, here.)
• Moorhead, Nov. 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Moorhead Public Library, Sarah Comstock Room, 118 5th Street S. (Register, here.)
• Worthington, Dec. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nobles County Government Center, Farmers Room, 315 10th Street (Register, here.)

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 nquinn@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x132.
• Chatfield, Oct. 19, 9:00-5:00, Chatfield United Methodist Church, 124 Winona Street SE (Register, here.)
• Mendota Heights, Oct. 20, 8:00-5:00, People Incorporated, 2060 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 3. Free class by People Incorporated. To register, contact Heather.Christopherson@PeopleIncorporated.org or 651-288-3504. (See map.)
• Edina, Oct. 24, 8:00-5:00, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Room LL28, 6401 France Avenue South (Register, here.)
• Mendota Heights, Oct. 27, 8:00-5:00, People Incorporated, 2060 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 3. Free class by People Incorporated. To register, contact Heather.Christopherson@PeopleIncorporated.org or 651-288-3504. (See map.)
• Mendota Heights, Nov. 3, 8:00-5:00, People Incorporated, 2060 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 3. Free class by People Incorporated. To register, contact Heather.Christopherson@PeopleIncorporated.org or 651-288-3504. (See map.)

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.

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.
• Richfield, Oct. 30, 1:00-4:00, Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Avenue (Register, here.)
• Edina, Dec. 7, 1:00-4:00, Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S. (Register, here.)

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.)

Classes on Suicide Prevention

Find NAMI Minnesota's classes on suicide prevention and postvention, 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