Parent Resource Groups

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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.

Hastings
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.

Inver Grove Heights (starts August 1st)
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at River Heights Vineyard Church, 6070 Cahill Ave. 55076. Free meal served at 6:00 for children and adults, free childcare available. Contact Helen at 651-645-2948 ext. 133.

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. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948 x130.

Minnetonka
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 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 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 (No group September 6)
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Park Nicollet - Melrose Center, 3525 Monterey Drive, in Room 1A. Contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

St. Paul - East Side
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Conway Community Center, 2090 Conway St. 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.

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

Stillwater (Starts Sept. 8)
Will meet on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third Street North, Stillwater 55082. Contact NAMI 651-645-2948 ext. 130.

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.

NAMI/MOFAS Parent Resource Support Groups

NAMI Minnesota and MOFAS (Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, FAS) are teaming to provide parent resource support groups to help parents meet the challenges of raising a child with a mental illness and/or FAS, learn coping skills and develop problem solving skills. Parents and caregivers of children under 18 living with, but not limited to FAS, ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and others are welcome. The groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and/or FAS who has received specialized training. For further information or questions about any of the groups contact: Jody at 651-645-2948 ext. 109 or jlyons@namimn.org.

Duluth, Cancelled, please stay tuned for date change.
Fridley, 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at Unity Hospital, 550 Osborne Rd NE, in Classroom A
Pine River, 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:45-8:15 p.m. with a light dinner served at 6:15 p.m., at The Warehouse, 307 Norway Ave.
Prior Lake, 4th Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. with a light dinner served at 6:00 p.m., at River Valley YMCA, 3575 North Berens Rd. NW. Childcare provided free of charge at this location.

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.

• Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children (Feb. 2016) - 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