Mental Health Month

Many people join to create shape of giant green ribbon

During May is Mental Health Month, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and dozens of other organizations are involved in community education about mental illnesses, including creating awareness that effective treatments are available and that people can and do recover. NAMI Minnesota offers over 500 free educational classes and presentations statewide each year, along with help in navigating the mental health system. NAMI also has more than 70 free support groups for people living with a mental illness and their families. To reach NAMI Minnesota, call 651-645-2948 or email us at

2019 Mental Health Awareness Month Calendar of Events

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May 1 – In Our Own Voice, 11:00-12:30, St. Paul
May 1 – Creating Caring Communities, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Lake Elmo Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Ave N.
May 2 – NAMI Ramsey Co. Hosts St. Paul Police MH Unit, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul
May 2-30 – Progression Course for Teens, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Eagan
May 4 – Hope for Recovery, 9:00-3:00, Duluth
May 4 – Hope for Recovery, 9:00-3:00, St. Paul
May 4 – Stomp on Stigma 5K Run/Walk, 10:00, Grand Rapids
May 5 – Creating Caring Communities, 2:00-3:00, Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Ave N., Oakdale
May 7 – Trauma in Childhood: Building Resiliency, 6-7:30 p.m., West St. Paul
May 9 – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Ending the Silence programs, various High Schools
May 11 – NAMI Spring Gala, Minneapolis
May 11 – Hope for Recovery, 9:00-3:00, Willmar
May 13 – Creating Caring Communities, 5:30–6:30 p.m., St. Paul
May 14 – QPR Suicide Prevention Class, 12:00-1:00 p.m., St. Paul
May 15 – Get to Know NAMI, 11:30-12:30, NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400, St. Paul
May 16 – Get to Know NAMI, 7:15–8:15 p.m., Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave N., Plymouth
May 16 – In Our Own Voice, 4:00-5:00 p.m., R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury
May 18 – In Our Own Voice, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake
May 18 – Nickel Open Golf & Banquet to Benefit NAMI Minnesota, Jordan
May 18 – NAMI St. Cloud Area’s Mental Health Walk, St. Cloud
May 20 – In Our Own Voice, 5:30-6:30 p.m., St. Paul
May 21 – Beyond the Baby Blues Conference, 8:30-3:00, St. Paul
May 22 – Youth Mental Health First Aid, 8:00-5:00, St. Paul
May 22 – NAMIWalks Information Meeting, 6:00 p.m., NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400, St. Paul
May 24 – Mental Health First Aid, 8:00-5:00, Hibbing
May 29 – Creating Caring Communities, 11:00-Noon, St. Paul
May 29 – QPR Suicide Prevention Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m., St. Paul
May 29 – Grey Matters: Understanding Depression in Older Adults, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Saint Joan of Arc (Hospitality Hall), 4537 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis
May 31 – NAMI Hennepin Co. Variety Show, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
May 31 – Youth Mental Health First Aid in Spanish, 8:00-5:00, NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400, St. Paul

NAMI Minnesota Affiliates Plan Mental Health Awareness Month Events

Local NAMI affiliates across Minnesota are preparing for May is Mental Month. For information about your local affiliate or to get involved, contact

NAMI Ramsey County is collaborating with the St. Paul Police Department’s mental health unit for a presentation to community members on May 2, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, in St. Paul. Space is limited. RSVP at

NAMI Dakota County is collaborating with The Heart and Mind Connection for a screening of “The Ripple Effect” on May 14 from 7-9:00 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville. This event is FULL.

NAMI Hennepin County is working with a local theater company, Table Salt Productions, to host a variety show specially created for their affiliate on May 31 from 7-8:00 p.m. at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

NAMI St. Cloud Area will hold its 6th annual Mental Health Walk on May 18. Register, here.

NAMI Duluth is preparing a series of presentations at local libraries on understanding depression to promote mental health awareness in May.

NAMI Grand Rapids has two more events for May is Mental Health Month:

May 21 –NAMI Education Meeting – Nature Walk with John Latimer, phenologist, at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library-  Enjoy the magic of the natural world; you will learn how a walk can both calm and recharge our energy.

May 29th – Kiesler Wellness Walk- 11:00 a.m. Itasca Family Y- Join us for the annual Kiesler Wellness Walk. Dr. Toni Youngdahl will kick-off our walk with a Doc Talk presentation. Walk from Itasca Family Y to Kiesler Wellness Center prior to lunch hosted by Kiesler Wellness Center.

For details about upcoming affiliate events visit