Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
"NAMI gave me hope when I had no hope."
NAMI Minnesota provides support groups to help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with a mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem solving skills. Each of the support groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has received specialized training. For more information contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.
(For volunteer trainings to learn how to facilitate a NAMI Parent Resource Group, click here.)
Parent Resource Groups
Apple Valley (NO meeting on Sept. 8)
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. Pizza served at 6:00 for children and adults, childcare available. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Handke Center, 1170 Main Street, Elk River. Contact Sue at 763-633-0894.
Meets on the 1st Saturday of the month, 2:15-3:45 p.m., at Lake Nokomis Community Center; 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis. This group is for family caregivers of children under 18. Bilingual support is available for Spanish-speaking families. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m., at The Links Event Center, 2200 Trail of Dreams. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948. Free childcare and dinner provided.
Parent voices groups, meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m., at Clara's House, 1564 Co. Rd. 134.
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Goodwill Easter Seals Offices, 553 Fairview Ave. N. Dinner served at 6:00 for children and adults, free childcare available. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 x106 for more information.
St. Louis Park
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Park Nicollet - Melrose Center, in Room 1A, 3525 Monterey Drive
Daytime group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:30 to 12:00, at The Caribou Coffee, 7745 Egan Drive. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948. (The table for the group meeting will be indicated by a Red Rubber Duck on the table.)
Stillwater (starts Sept. 10)
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Stillwater Library, 224 3rd St. N., in the conference room. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.
University of MN Medical Center - Fairview Riverside
Meets Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., U of M Fairview Riverside Campus, 2312 Sixth St. S. Minneapolis, East Building, M-649, 6thfloor, outside of 6A. Parking validation available for meeting attendees. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 x130. (For parents and caregivers of children under 18 in partnership with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children Hospital Inpatient Child/Adolescent Mental Health Units)
West St. Paul (starts Oct. 8)
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Augustana Lutheran Church 1400 S. Robert Street, in the youth room. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.
White Bear Lake (starts Oct. 12)
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Eagle Brook Church 2401 East Buffalo Street, Contact: Jody Lyons 651-645-2948 x109.
Woodbury (starts Sept. 17)
Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at Woodbury Community Church, 2975 Pioneer Dr. Woodbury. Contact Catherine at 612-384-9040 for more information or cancellations.
Parent Warmline: Feeling isolated & overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors or mental illnesses? Not sure where to start or who to talk to? No time to attend support groups or classes? Even phone calls a challenge? Connect with a parent peer specialist through NAMI’s parent email warmline.
• Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children (May 2014) - Learn to recognized, manage, prevent and plan for your child's mental health crisis. Download, here.
• NAMI Minnesota booklet: Transitions (Dec. 2014) - Information and resources to assist parents in supporting their young adult with a mental illness. Download, here.
•NAMI Minnesota booklet: Children's Psychiatric Hospitalization (June 2013) - What you need to know when a child is hospitalized. Download, here.