Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-HELPS
Posters titled Hope and Healing, Learn the Lingo, and How to Help are now available as part of NAMI Minnesota and Regions Hospital's project to reduce stigma. The project is funded by HealthPartners. Help us keep track of poster distribution by forwarding your business contact information to Donna Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the posters below and save them to your computer.
To receive information about implementing other elements of this project at your hospital or mental health care facility, please contact Donna Fox at 651-645-2948 x102 or email@example.com. Read more about the project, here.
NAMI Minnesota provides free information, classes and support for children and adults with mental illness and their families. NAMI also provides peer-to-peer support and help that supplements mental health treatment and assists family members in understanding and coping with a loved one’s mental illness.
• Free information: brochures and fact sheets on mental illnesses, the adult mental health system, data practices laws, dealing with a crisis, and understanding the criminal justice system.
• Classes and programs that may be of interest to the families of your clients. Hope for Recovery, Family-to-Family, Children's Challenging Behaviors, and more. Visit our Classes page here.
• Support Groups: NAMI has support groups for families and persons living with a mental illness.
• Resource Help: Information on locating resources and navigating the mental health system.
• Educational Conferences: NAMI hosts educational conferences with great speakers and information for providers, families and persons with a mental illness.
• Special Topics: Workshops on retaining custody when seeking residential services for a child, Evidence-Based Practices (EBP), Dealing with a Crisis, and more.
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.)
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 12-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. Contact Donna, 651-645-2948 x101.
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.
Keeping Families Together Trainings (for Professionals) - Provides professionals with information about the children's mental health system and voluntary placement agreements.
This interactive workshop offers an overview of the signs and symptoms of mental illness. It provides scenarios that offer specific techniques to help de-escalate a mental illness crisis in a correctional setting. Contact Anna: 645-2948 x111.
Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents - A NAMI workshop for teachers and professionals. This is a two hour workshop for teachers and CEUs are offered.
What Hurts, What Helps Families - Parents and Teachers as Allies - Professionals, despite the most honorable of intentions, have often misunderstood or underestimated the role of family in their loved one’s recovery. This workshop will cover issues families have identified as important to them.
NAMI holds town meetings and area house parties to help educate legislators on mental health issues that impact the lives of people in their own communities.
• Keeping Families Together Resource Guide - explains intensive treatment options for children with mental illnesses,
• "Family Involvement Law" booklet, view and download here.
• "Hope For Recovery Resource Guide" (published April 2013), view and download, here.
• "Advocating for People with Mental Illnesses in the Minnesota Criminal Justice System," view and download here.
• Understanding the Civil Commitment Process, download here.
• "What Hurts, What Helps?" - practical information and strategies
• "Recognizing Early Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents"
• "Parents and Teachers as Allies"
Resources for Social Workers and Case Mangers, here.
Regions Hospital/Health Partners have selected NAMI Minnesota to develop a plan to reduce stigma within hospitals. The project will include promoting respect, support, information sharing, hope and recovery. To help with the project, please take a short survey on your experience with psychiatric hospitalization as a patient, family member/friend or service provider. Print version of patient survey, here. HealthPartners-NAMI press release.