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Amplify (formerly Speakers Bureau)
NAMI Southeast Minnesota’s Amplify program raises the volume on conversations that matter by sharing accurate information on mental health and mental illness, telling the stories of those affected by mental illness and challenging stigma. Complete a request for an educational presentation here.

Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is a 50-minute, in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from the family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves. Ending the Silence is effective at raising awareness, encouraging early identification and intervention and giving a human face to mental illness. By providing a realistic view of recovery and starting a dialog with the students, this program removes the fear and mystery that is often the result of the silence surrounding what can feel like a scary topic. 

Mental Health First Aid 

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. There are two types of Mental Health First Aid classes:

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people (for example, parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, health and human services workers and other caring citizens) and want to learn to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants how to recognize the signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone to help. QPR is a 60-minute, evidence-based program that saves lives. 

Monthly Zumbro Valley Presentations

Join us on the third Wednesday of each month to learn about a topic related to mental health. NAMI volunteers and other community members lead these educational sessions at Zumbro Valley Health Center (343 Wood Lake Drive SE, Rochester) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. They are free and no registration is required.

Customized Education 

Do you have something else in mind? We also do customized education on a wide range of topics to meet your needs. Contact us for more information.


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