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NAMI Minnesota
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Saint Paul, MN 55114

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Support Groups for Families of Children

"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
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.

Elk River
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Handke Center, 1170 Main Street, Elk River. Pizza served at 6:00 for children and adults, group begins at 6:30, childcare available. Contact Sue at 763-633-0894.

Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9:00-10:30 a.m., at Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive, in Room C125. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Minneapolis South (No meeting July 4th)
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 x130. (Alternate location on May 7, 2016 will be 4749 Chicago Ave. Suite 3C, Minneapolis).

Prior Lake
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m., at The Links Event Center, 2200 Trail of Dreams. Free childcare and dinner provided. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

St. Cloud
Parent voices groups, meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m., at Clara's House, 1564 Co. Rd. 134. Contact Louise at 320-654-1259.

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. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

St. Paul (No meeting on July 4)
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Central High School, 275 Lexington Pkwy. N. in Room 1303, Park in back of building and enter door 9. Pizza served at 6:00 for children and adults, childcare available. Contact: Jody Lyons 651-645-2948 x109.

St. Paul Highland Park
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., at 550 Snelling Ave. S. Suite 103 St. Paul 55116. For more information contact NAMI 651-645-2948.

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 group's table will be indicated by a Red Rubber Duck on the table.) Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

University of MN Medical Center - West Bank Campus (Note: Now meets monthly)
Meets 1st Monday of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m., University of Minnesota Medical Center, West Bank Campus, 2414 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454, East Building - M-649 (6th Floor, outside of 6A). (For parents and caregivers of children under 18 in partnership with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children Hospital Inpatient Child/Adolescent Mental Health Units.) Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 x130.

West St. Paul
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.

Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Woodbury Community Church, 2975 Pioneer Dr. For information or cancellations, contact Catherine at 612-384-9040.


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.
• Children's Psychiatric Hospitalization (September 2015) - What you need to know when a child is hospitalized. Download, here.
Keeping Families Together (Feb. 2016) - A resource guide for families to understand intensive treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Download, here.  Voluntary Placement Form, here.

Early Childhood Mental Health Support and Information