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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 (2 Groups)
One meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month and the other meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Both meet from 6:30-8:00 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 on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., at Essentia Health - Amberwing, 615 Pecan Ave, in the board room,  Duluth. Contact Deb Semmelroth at 218-590-4199 or

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 Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1450 4th St. W. Free childcare and snacks provided. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Minneapolis South
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 if notified in advance.  Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948. (Recuerde si necesita un Interprete, favor de avisarnos llamando al telefono 651-645-2948).

Meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Dunn Brother's Coffee Community Room, 14525 Hwy 7, Minnetonka 55435. Contact Jim 952-212-4893.

Prior Lake
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m., at River Valley YMCA, 3575 Shepherds Path NW. 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.

Daytime group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:30 to 12:00, at The Caribou Coffee, 7745 Egan Drive. (The group's table will be indicated by a Red Rubber Duck on the table.) Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948


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 (Feb. 2016) - Learn to recognized, manage, prevent and plan for your child's mental health crisis. Download, here.
Transitions Booklet (Sept. 2016) - 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