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Free online NAMI classes

Mar 18, 2023 07:04AM ● By Editor
March 18, 2023 from NAMI Minnesota


All Currently Scheduled Classes

NAMI Minnesota Offers

Free Classes For The General Public, Online Unless Noted

(For accessibility accommodations or questions, click here.)
List of all currently scheduled classes in Alphabetical Order:


Beyond the Baby Blues
Beyond the Baby Blues: Mental health and Substance Use Recovery for Families with Young Children is an in-person workshop connecting perinatal early child mental health with an integrative multigenerational framework. It is focused on building intentional connection and curiosity in creating and advocating for healing-centered multigenerational care. Beyond the Baby Blues is a half day conference designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy.


  • Helen Kim, MD, Redleaf Center for Family Healing and Dept of Psychiatry, Hennepin Healthcare System
  • Katie Thorsness, MD, Redleaf Center for Family Healing and Dept of Psychiatry, Hennepin Healthcare System
  • Cresta Jones MD, FASAM, FACOG, University of Minnesota Physicians | Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Beyond the Baby Blues is put on by NAMI Minnesota and the Redleaf Center for Family Healing, Hennepin Healthcare Department of Psychiatry. This conference has been approved for 2.5 hours of continuing education by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Cost: $50. Ticket scholarship will be provided on a need basis, please contact the event organizer below regarding scholarship. Questions regarding Beyond the Baby Blues, should be directed to Mameneh George at [email protected] or (651) 645-2948 x128

Disability Accommodations: It is NAMI Minnesota’s goal to make our events accessible to everyone. If you have a disability and will require accommodations for this event, please contact [email protected] or (651) 645-2948 x128 as soon as possible.

Tuesday, May 9th at the Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast, 1330 Industrial Boulevard NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration link:


Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Youth
Early Warning Signs is a workshop whose educational objectives are to help parents, guardians and foster parents learn early warning signs of mental illnesses and trauma, gain an understanding of the impact of mental Illnesses and trauma on children and youth, and learn strategies to support children who live with an illness. Suicide warning signs and resources are also covered.

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    Harriett Bishop Elementary, 14400 O’Connell Road, Savage, MN 55378


Family-to-Family Teacher Training
We’re looking for new Family-to-Family teachers! Teaching this 8 week class is a great opportunity for those who have a loved one living with a mental illness to educate and support other individuals and families who are navigating how to support their loved one. If you are interested in taking the training to become a Family-to-Family teacher, you need to have taken the class prior to the training and should email Molly Peterson, Director of Adult Programs, at [email protected] with questions. A short interview will be conducted to ensure the class is a good fit.

This training will take place virtually on Zoom. Participants will be given a direct join meeting link after their acceptance into the training.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th, 2023

Time: 09:00-05:00 PM

Hope for Recovery
In this 3 hour workshop, you will obtain information on mental illnesses and tips for navigating the diagnostic assessment process and treatment. You will learn about crisis prevention and intervention, tools for building healthy relationships with loved ones, and services available through Guild Crisis and Recovery Center of Scott County. This workshop is for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and for individuals living with a mental illness who are doing well in treatment or recovery.

Date: Thursday, March 9th

Time: 05:00-08:00 PM


Guild Crisis and Recovery Center, Scott County
12390 Ottawa Avenue, Savage, MN, 55378

EventBrite Registration Link:


Improving Sleep

It’s no secret that sleep is important. We all know how we feel when we don’t get enough. But do you know just how much sleep – or a lack of it – affects your overall health? We will talk about what happens when you sleep, why sleep is so vital for your health, and what you can do to sleep better.

Date: Monday, March 13th

Time: 03:00-04:00 PM

Zoom Registration Link:

In Our Own Voice

Understand the journey of people with mental illness in recovery. IOOV is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery, demonstrating that there is hope for recovery for people with mental illnesses. The presentation includes personal stories and video clips, as well as offering an opportunity to ask questions. The IOOV program has touched many lives and is effective in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This 60 to 90-minute class is for any groups interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.


Listening Session: Children’s Residential Treatment Study

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) through its Behavioral Health, Housing and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Administration is seeking participants in co-creation input sessions focused on experiences with children’s residential treatment and other psychiatric care settings.

 These opportunities are informational meetings to invite and recruit interested participants to the co-creation sessions which will occur at a later date.

Date: Tuesday, March 21st & 28th

Time: 04:30-05:00 and 7:00-7:30 PM

Zoom Registration Link:


NAMI Homefront
NAMI Homefront is a 6-week course designed for families, family caregivers, loved ones and friends of military Service Members/Veterans with mental health concerns. For additional information, please visit


Nutrition: Eating with Mental Health in Mind
Come join us to discuss how nutrition can impact an individual’s mental health. Gain knowledge on how what we eat not only affects our mood, but also our brain chemistry. Learn what makes a complete meal and how to eat that meal in a mindful way.


Obtaining Employment While Living with a Mental Illness

Employment can be an important part of recovery for those living with a mental illness. Learn how to find employment, discuss and disclose mental health conditions in the workplace, request accommodations, and what benefits and supportive employment resources are available. This class is open to individuals living with a mental illness who are interested in gaining and keeping employment and will address common work-related questions.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Time: 12:00-01:30 PM

Zoom Registration Link:


Physical Activity and Mindfulness
Get up and move with us! Come learn how physical activity can benefit your mental health. We will be doing breathing exercises and more! Learn tips and tricks that can help you incorporate mindfulness into your work and home life.

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Host Organization: City of Savage. Location: Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Ave S, Savage, MN 55378 – on the patio


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 48 states. This 1.5 hour class is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. A certificate of attendance is available for this class and will be sent after you fill out the evaluation.


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for Agricultural Communities
NAMI Minnesota and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) are partnering to provide suicide prevention classes tailored to farming communities. Our aim is to change the public perception in agricultural communities and better equip the community to identify and help people who may be having thoughts of suicide. We offer a one hour suicide prevention program called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) to help individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevention a suicide. We also collect personal stories of farmers or farm families who want to share their story of living with a mental illness or being a suicide loss survivor. These workshops are made possible by a grant from UMASH.


Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children & Adolescents
Learn about mental illnesses in students, the impact on a student’s success in school and how parents and teachers can work together as allies to support these students. This two-hour class meets the continuing education requirement for teachers. A certificate of attendance is available for this class and will be sent after you fill out the evaluation.


Sleep and Mental Health with Sleep Specialist Sarah Moe
The link between our mental health and our quality of sleep has been well documented, and it is a vicious cycle-you cannot have one without the other. Join us for this session during National Sleep Awareness Week to learn more about this relationship, and how to get the Sleep needed to be our very best selves.

Date: Friday, March 17th

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

Webinar Registration Link:


Special Education – Helping Students Succeed
Learn the basics about the special education process (evaluation, Individualized Education Plans, students’ rights) and how complex it is. You will understand 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 how you can help your child succeed in school. This is a two-hour class and is for parents or caregivers of children.


Super Saturday: Educational Conference for Parents & Caregivers

Join NAMI Minnesota for a free, in-person workshop for parents and caregivers of children & youth living with mental illness. This event includes presentations on mental health, wellness, trauma and self care, resource booths, and community building activities with lunch.

Date: Saturday, April 29th

Time: 08:30 AM-03:15 PM

Location: Black Hawk Middle School, 1540 Deerwood Drive, Eagan, MN, 55122

EventBrite Registration Link:


The Healing Forest – Enhancing Social Emotional Wellbeing through Nature Interactions

Join naturalist and certified forest bathing guide, Sara Grover outside exploring the mental welling aspects of nature. This time will be spent walking the park and participating in the practices of forest bathing.
Research provides evidence of the positive impacts that spending time in nature has on our mental and physical health. Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, is the practice of being present in a forest setting as a form of meditation and exercise that may result in improvements in mood and focus, reduction in stress levels and blood pressure, all while getting us moving. Join us for a guided forest bathing session at Fort Snelling State Park.

Date: Sunday, April 30th

Time: 01:00-03:00 PM

Location: Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Road, Saint Paul, MN 55111

EventBrite Registration Link:



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 1.5 hour class and is for parents or caregivers of youth or young adults.

Date: Friday, March 10th

Time: 06:30-08:00 PM

Location: Psychology Express, Inc.1303 South Frontage Road, #Suite 219, Hastings, MN, 55033

EventBrite Registration Link:


Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families

Learn about 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.


Classes for Professionals

Healthcare for Heroes – Self-Care Training for Senior Workers
NAMI Minnesota salutes senior workers who are the daily caregivers for older adults living in care centers, assisted living, their own home and adult foster care settings. COVID-19 has tested your limits and we admire your hard work, compassion, skill and kindness which has come with great personal sacrifice. We offer this short training on self-care for senior workers to help you develop personal strategies for the coming months to help you manage stress as you continue to offer help, hope and healing to those in your care.

Smoking Cessation Strategies for Mental Health Providers: Addressing Smoking, Encouraging Change
Tobacco is the leading cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. Addressing tobacco use can greatly improve the quality and length of life for individuals living with a mental illness. This interactive online training will provide education about nicotine addiction, special considerations for individuals living with a mental illness, and motivational interviewing techniques, along with other skills to help professionals addressing smoking cessation as part of a wellness plan. Provides 3 CEUs upon completion. Click here to access the training. For more information, resources or support on smoking cessation email [email protected].

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