Parent Resource Groups

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NAMI Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
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(1-888-626-4435)
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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/Lakeville
(2 Groups)
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, from 6-8 p.m., at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 x300.
Daytime group meets on Tuesdays, 9:45 a.m., at Valley Girl Coffee, 7703 147th Street. Contact Tanya at 952-836-7182.

Elk River 
Meets the third 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.

Minneapolis South
Meets on the first 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.

Oakdale (in Sept. it will return to meeting on the 2nd and fourth Tuesdays)
Meets the fourth Thursday of each month, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., at Canvas Health Services in the Community Room, 7066 Stillwater Blvd N. Oakdale. Contact Catherine at 651-734-1702.

Prior Lake
Meets the first 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.

Savage
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.

St. Cloud
Parent voices groups, meets the second Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m., at Clara's House, 1564 Co. Rd. 134.

Resources

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.

NAMI Minnesota booklet: Mental Health Crisis Planning for Families(Feb. 2010) - To help you recognize, manage, prevent and plan for your child's mental health crisis. Download, here.

NAMI Minnesota booklet: Transitions (Jan. 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.

Early Childhood Mental Health Support and Information