Parenting Resources & Support Groups

The following parenting support groups are available in the St. Cloud Area Community on a regular basis.

P.L.U.S. - Parents Learning Useful Skills by Working Well Mental Health Clinic
The group will discuss skills and techniques to assist parents and their families to lead fulfilling lives. Group members will also have the opportunity to problem solve barriers that have created difficulties for personal growth and parenting. To enroll in the group, please contact Jen Holmquist at (320) 654-2550 or email at jholmquist@goodwilleasterseals.org

Family Support Group
Meetings: The second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Calvary Community Church, St. Cloud
Contact: Mike at (320) 259-7101 or (320) 492-2024
Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - www.namihelps.org

St. Cloud Circle of Parents
Meets every Monday from 6 -7 p.m. at the Great River Regional Library
Contact: Roxy Foster at (650) 422-8914 for more information

Mental Health Crisis Line
(320) 253-5555 or( 800) 635-8008 - 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Text "LIFE" to 61222

Hope Community Support Groups
Schizophrenia Support Group - Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
Despression & Bi Polar Support Group - Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Contact: (320) 240-3324, 157 Roosevelt Rd, Suite 300, St. Cloud, MN 56301

M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) & Jubilee M.O.P.S. 
www.mops.org

Parent Voices of NAMI of St. Cloud 
Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., Clara's House (1564 County Rd 134)
Contact: (320) 253-3352 or parentvoicesofnami@gmail.com 
 
Three support groups are now under one roof!
Relatives As Parents (Families doing kinship care)
Granite City Foster Care (Foster care families in Stearns County)
Parenting on the Outside (Families who have been or are affected by incarceration)
 
Local support groups meet the third Thursday of every month from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in St. Cloud.               
Our groups can offer you support in the following ways:
· Free meal offered
· Information and referrals to local resources
· Child care provided by Milestones
· Child and youth programming provided by The Village Family Service Center 
· Connection with other families who understand your situation
· Kids Nights Out
· Bi-Monthly Newsletter
Contact: Makayla at (320) 251-5081 ext. 220 or (800) 288-8549 or mwijeratne@milestonesmn.org
 
Buffalo Relatives as Parents Group (Kinship Caregivers)
Meetings: The second Thursday of every month from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Discovery Center (301 2nd Ave NE, Buffalo). Find more information here.
Contact: Crystal at (320) 251-5081 ext. 18 or (800)-288-8549 or cpetersen@childcarechoices.net 

The Village Family Service Center
Anger Management group for Men
Anger Management group for Women
Domestic Violence group for Men
Parents as Partners
If there are any questions, please call our front desk at (320) 253-5930.

CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative

Mental illness does not discriminate. In any given year, one in four adults and one in five children experience a mental health disorder. Mental illness is real, common and treatable.

The CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) originated in 1995 after receiving funds from the State of Minnesota as part of the effort to transition mental health services from state hospitals to community based services. CAMHI’s mission is to provide support for persons experiencing serious mental health problems to enhance their contributions to the community. The goal is to reduce the hospitalizations and provide mental health services closer to consumer’s homes.

CAMHI’s website was developed to provide mental health information and resources for children and adults in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties. Whether you are a parent, provider, consumer, family member or friend, this site will provide a place where you can easily find accurate information, reliable resources, local support and a helping hand.

Examples of how we support families include community trainings, resource and provider search, a calendar of events and stories from families. Learn more about CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative.
 

Media Center Resources

The Media Center with over 150 parenting videos, books, tapes and more includes materials by such authors as Jim Fay, Charles Fay, Foster Cline, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, and the SEARCH Institute. Topics Include:
  • Discipline
  • Anger management
  • Power struggles 
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder)
  • and more
These materials are available for check out. Call (320) 255-3236, (844) ED LEARN or browse the Parenting Resources (PDF) available.
 


Adolescent Mental Health Guide

Stearns County Human Services is excited to announce the launch of a new Mental Health resource – A Family’s Guide to Child & Adolescent Mental Health. We hope you find this resource helpful. Please feel free to share it with others that you believe would benefit from the information.

This guide was developed by the Stearns County Human Services Mental Health Task Force and had input from the Youth Services Task Force, both of which are work groups of the Stearns County Human Services Advisory Committee.


 


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