Happy fall! Lately, the weather has gotten colder, more rainy, and the tree leaves are beginning to change color. This is a beautiful time of year in Minnesota.
The shortening of days also heralds the beginning of the next cohort of Paragon’s Parent Educational Series. Parents of children in our program complete a six week educational curriculum together while their child is in the program. Time and time again, parents tell us that the biggest thing that makes a difference in that program is meeting other parents of children who are living with serious mental health problems.
Many parents want to know if there are any resources in their community help them connect with other parents like them. In this blog post, I’m going to share information about some of the resources out there for building community. These have all been Paragon parent-tested and therapist-approved, and all groups are free or very low cost.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) parent and family support groups: NAMI Minnesota hosts a variety of support groups for individuals and family members who are affected by mental illness. Follow this link to view resources that may be close to yo. NAMI Minnesota link: https://namimn.org/support/nami-minnesota-support-groups/
- Al-Anon meetings: Al-Anon is a community support group option “for anyone who feels like their life has been or is being deeply affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use.” There are also options for bilingual groups and gay or lesbian focused support groups. Al Anon Minnesota link: http://www.al-anon-alateen-msp.org/pages/meetings.html
- PFLAG Twin Cities: PFLAG is an organization designed to support LGBTQ+ people and their parents, allies, friends, and families. They offer a variety of support groups, events, and meetings to support people in the community. PFLAG Twin Cities link: http://www.pflagtc.com/
All three of these options also have different national and regional chapters. If you’re reading this blog post from outside of Minnesota, feel free to google an organization’s name + your location to see if there’s an option for support nearer to you.
I hope you’re all able to find connection and community in this time of transition!