Raising a Child with Mental Illness?

Families who are seeking help and information about caring for their children and youth with mental health challenges can still find connections and resources and opportunities for learning during the busy month of December.
PCLG Support Group – Want to share experiences with other parents who have been in your shoes?  Join us Thursday, Dec. 12th at 6:30pm at the Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Road.
Or join us on Facebook at our Hennepin County PCLG Support Group to share your challenges, successes and questions!
Workshops, Groups, and Information Sessions for parents and caregivers are listed in this month’s edition of PCLG News.  Check it out!
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PCLG Support Group this Thursday

Looking for support? Have questions about navigating your child’s mental health issues at their school? Wondering what the heck SMRT is? Join PCLG parents for our monthly Support Group at 6:30pm tomorrow night, October 10th, at the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. These questions and more will be answered!

PCLG News – Lots of Opportunities for Parents to Gather and Learn

autumn sceneWhether you need an in person or online parent support group, or a class on topics like children’s challenging behavior, navigating special education, or caregiver well-being, our monthly newsletter can help you discover opportunities in the Hennepin County area.



Come visit PCLG at our booth at the Minnesota State Fair on August 26th for Mental Health Day at the Fair. The day will feature music, dance, and Fidgety Fairy Tales performances at Dan Patch Park. 0cb22e-20180823-state-fair-dayone-06

How One PCLG Parent is Working to Change the System

Our own Sarah Washington was mentioned in this national article about a districtwide effort in Minneapolis to improve the educational experience for diverse groups of parents.Thanks for all your work on this effort, Sarah!


Coffee and Conversation with PCLG



We are parents of children with mental health challenges and we want to hear from you! Join PCLG Parent Catalysts next month for coffee, refreshments, and conversation. Bring your questions about interacting with your child’s school, finding providers, or accessing services through the county. Learn about the opportunities for advocacy, connections, and training available to parents who choose to become PCLG catalysts. We especially want to hear from parents of preschool and grade school children, but all are welcome!

  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • 10:00am – 11:30 am
  • Byerlys Community Room
  • 5725 Duluth Street, Golden Valley

 Free, but we ask you to RSVP


Looking for Fun Activities for Youth with ASD?

Check these out!

AUSM: Social Skills Classes for Youth, Teens and Adults with Autism

AUSM has a full line up of social skills classes for youth, teens, and adults with autism in the coming months. These activities are sure to keep you warm, even though the outside temps still might be chilly.

Contact AuSM’s education department at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or education@ausm.org for further details, or click on the above links to get registered for some springtime fun

Parenting Children with Mental Health Concerns

icon_family_MDPCLG’s parent-led Support Group returns to our regular 2nd Thursday meetings this month.  Join us:

  • March 14th , April 11th, May 9th, June 13th
  • 6:30 pm to 8 pm
  • Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Road

 We offer a safe and supportive place where you can share the challenges of parenting a child with mental health concerns.



Join our private support group on Facebook:  Hennepin County PCLG Support Group

A community of supportive parents with shared lived experiences is there 24/7 for you!

Self Care During the Holidays: Is It Possible?


Well, we’d like to think it is!

We had such a wonderful weekend last month with the parents who attended PCLG’s first Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) session.  We thought we’d share a few ideas for extending those wellness tools into the current holiday season.

 Give yourself permission to take time for yourself – take a warm bath or shower, rest, read, stretch and relax your neck and shoulders,

Do something for your health – get a flu shot, have your vitamin D levels checked, go to bed early some nights, and/or get some sunshine if you can

Make a connection – catch up with an old friend, attend a party or sing along, get together with others for a holiday meal, learn about holiday traditions from another culture, write an old-fashioned letter or card to a friend

Do something for someone else – help a friend, help at a charity activity, give to a good cause

Engage in mindfulness activities – create, meditate, listen to music, hang out with a pet

Check something off your list (but only if it makes you feel better!)– I like to cheat and write down something I’ve already done and then check it off.

 Allow time for reflection – consider positive things that happened this past year, things you are grateful for, or aspirations you might have for next year.

Self Care for Parents and Caregivers

PCLG is excited to announce our first WRAP for Parents and Caregivers!


“WRAP has helped me find my own value and peace as a person, not just a parent.” –LV

PCLG will be hosting Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training for parents and caregivers.  This two-day training includes peer support and a safe environment with the focus on YOU.  We will explore new ways of looking at care-giving and share challenges and coping strategies. Participants will be able to identify helpful resources and return home with a toolkit to guide them through tough moments.

Free for parents & caregivers of children with mental illness in Hennepin County.

  • November 17 and 18th
  • 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Lunds & Byerly’s Community Room
  • 3777 Park Center Blvd, St. Louis Park

Limited space available. Course materials and lunch will be provided. 

Register online

Questions? Email hcpclg@yahoo.com