For the General Public

Creating Caring Communities in Minnesota: Five Things You Can Do

Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour class is for any community or organization interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses.

Creating Caring Faith Communities in Minnesota: Five Things You Can Do

Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour class is for faith communities interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses.

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 class is offered monthly at the NAMI Minnesota office and is for anyone interested in learning more about NAMI.

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.

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 offering an opportunity to ask questions. The IOOV program has touched many lives and is effective in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This 90-minute class is for any groups interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.

To learn more about our IOOV presenters, click 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 nine-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. Participants must be present for entire curricula 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.

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 class is for small or large companies or organizations and can be offered over the lunch hour.

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 nine-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. Participants must be present for entire curricula to receive certificate.

Legislative Advocacy

Learn about the legislative process, how to contact your elected officials, and the most effective ways to share your story. This two-hour workshop program is for anyone interested in advocating for changes to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.

Mental Health 101 for Cultural Communities

Learn about mental wellness, mental illnesses, diagnostic assessments and treatment plans. This one-hour workshop is presented in English and is designed for cultural community interested in learning more about mental health.

Smoking Cessation

Learn about cessation planning tools, treatment options, and relapse prevention strategies. People living with mental illnesses use tobacco at rates two to three times higher than the general population, and it is important to address this disparity in order to improve quality of life. This one hour class provides free smoking cessation training to staff of mental health centers and community support programs. We also offer a one-hour version designed for people with mental illnesses who are interested in learning how to quit smoking.

Wellness Series

Learn how different areas of wellness influence mental health. We are excited to offer a four part wellness workshop series that will bring employees or community members together. The topics include: Self-Care & Mindfulness, Nutrition: Eating with Mental Health in Mind, Physical Activity & Mindfulness, and Sleep Health. These 60 minute interactive workshops will include discussion, educational resources, and more.