Mental Health Education Helps!
National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Education is a proven method of learning to live better despite the sometimes-difficult realities of mental illness. It can help the person experiencing the illness and family members feel more capable and optimistic. NAMI Minnesota offers many courses for family members and others. Below are some of the most popular and current offerings in the metro area. Go to the NAMI Minnesota Website to view all of their offerings.
All classes are free. However, they require registration.
If you want more information regarding classes in the metro area go to http://www.namihelps.org/classes.html or call 651-645-2948.
Hope for Recovery - A one-day, six-hour education workshop for families and individuals which covers symptoms of mental illness, crisis recognition and problem solving.
Family-to-Family Education Program - A free 12-week course that helps families and friends understand and cope with the mental illness of a loved one. Learn about mental illnesses, identify resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Join others for this 12-week series taught by experienced family members.
Family Connections – Borderline Personality Class - This 12-week course is for family members who have a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder. The class provides the most current information on Borderline Personality Disorder, teaches coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and helps families develop a support network.
Children's Challenging Behaviors Workshops - This one-day workshop is for parents of children with challenging behaviors. Information is provided on childhood mental health disorders along with support and strategies for home and school. Special sessions for African-American parents are offered.
Kidshops - Offers support and information to kids (ages 7-18) who have a parent or sibling with a mental illness. Kids engage in activities, share concerns, get support and learn they are not alone.
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 course 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 and different types of treatment options. Pizza & pop provided.
Mental Health Crisis Planning - Learn the role of county crisis teams, deescalation techniques, and how to create effective crisis plans. This workshop also provides information on community resources.
Mental Health First Aid - Designed to teach basic first aid skills needed to help a person experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, this 12-hour course is aimed at improving mental health literacy, including recognizing the signs that someone needs help and finding appropriate care and treatment. Participants should bring a lunch.
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.
When a Crisis Occurs (for Families) - Preparing for an emergency or mental health crisis is important to ensure a good outcome. While each crisis plan is different, there are common elements. This workshop will explain the options, common elements and help families plan and prepare for a crisis.
Advocacy on Purpose - Learn how to advocate successfully with different parties; schools, legislators, mental health agencies, treatment centers and professionals. Learn different communication techniques, effective listening skills, documentation, record keeping, the art of negotiation and other important skills.
Helping Students Succeed - This workshop gives information to parents about special education services, the evaluation process, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), 504 plans, accommodations & modifications. Pizza and Childcare are available.
Parents and Teachers as Allies - Children with mental illnesses often have challenges at school. This workshop will help you partner with your child’s school by opening up the lines of communication and discussing ways to develop relationships with educators.
Tools, Tips and Techniques: Parenting a Child with a Disability - If you have a child with a disability, you know how challenging parenting can be. Join other parents to explore the challenges, share ideas, and create a plan for you and your child. This is a fun and interactive workshop intended to help support parents who are raising a child with a disability.
What Works, What Helps? Treatment Options in Children's Mental Health - When do you seek help for your child’s behavior? What information do you share with a professional? This workshop will help you learn: warning signs, diagnostic assessment process, and treatment options. All trainings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. unless noted.
Mental Health Crisis Planning - Having a child with challenging behaviors or mental illness can be stressful and at times families need help. Learn the role of county crisis teams, de-escalation techniques and how to create effective crisis plans. This workshop also provides information about resources in the community. Class is approved for one-hour training for foster care families. Stipends available for childcare and transportation.
Keeping Families Together Trainings For Parents - Have you ever considered residential treatment for your child? What can you do when your child needs more care than can be provided at home? This workshop provides information on children's residential treatment, your rights as a parent when you place your child in treatment and how you can access mental health services for your child without giving up custody of your child. Held from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Unlocking the Einstein Inside - This class is for professionals and parents seeking a better understanding of the effect cognitive skills – visual and auditory processing, working and long-term memory, and attention skills, among others – have on learning and emotional development.
African American Faith Initiative - Spirituality plays a very important role in the African American community. The church is often the first place families go to for help. This initiative opens the dialogue between faith communities, mental health professionals and families seeking culturally appropriate services and supports.