Free family courses on mental illnesses in Eden Prairie and online

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NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a non-profit that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families, is offering a free educational course that helps families and friends learn about mental illnesses, the brain, treatment, and resources to help a loved one living with a mental illness.

There is an in-person course that meets weekly for eight weeks starting Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in Eden Prairie. The location requires participants to be vaccinated.

NAMI is also offering a free online course for families that also meets weekly for 8 weeks. Classes start Sept. 13, Sept. 21, or Oct. 5.

The classes aim to help participants build communication skills, reduce stress, find support and discover the common stages of emotional responses when supporting someone with a mental illness.

To register, for the in-person course in Eden Prairie, contact Marge at 952-200-8780 or Cathy at 253-691-9401. For more information and registration about the online classes, see “classes” at, or contact Marilyn at or 651-497-6858.