Category Archives: Children’s Mental Health

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

PCLG Support Group is moving!


This October, PCLG Support Group for those parenting children with mental health conditions will have a new location.  We will be meeting at the Ridgedale Library on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Join us for our first meeting at this new location!  In addition to our regular check-in time, we will be listening to a 13-minute podcast called “The Burden to Be Well: Sisters and Brothers of the Mentally Ill” as a  way to jumpstart our conversation on siblings and trauma.

Join us!

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2nd Thursday of each month
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Ridgedale Library
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN
Can’t make this group?  Check out our online Facebook Hennepin County PCLG Support Group!

PCLG Coffee & Conversation with CANA


  • Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Creekview Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room
  • 5001 Humboldt Avenue North, Minneapolis

Are you raising a child who faces mental health challenges? We want to hear from you! Join the Center for Africans Now in America (CANA) and Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG)  for a chance to connect and converse over coffee and refreshments. All are welcome!

We will talk about interacting with your child’s school, working with health providers, and accessing services through the county.  What are the special challenges facing families new to our region?  

  • Free, but we ask you to RSVP.
  • Interpreter will be provided.
  • Children are welcome, but please let us know how many and what ages.

For more information, contact:


Coffee and Conversation with PCLG


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

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017
  • 10 – 11:30 am
  • Augsburg Park Library Meeting Room (NOTE: New location!)
  • 7100 Nicollet Ave, RichfieldFree, but please RSVP.  Children are welcome, but please let us know ages and how many to expect!

Join us for Coffee and Conversation!


We want to hear from you!  Join PCLG Parents next month for coffee, snacks, and conversation.  We’ll play “Resource Bingo” and you will have a chance to share your story with us, if you’d like.  Bring your questions about interacting with your child’s school, finding providers, or accessing services through the county!

  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • 10am – 12 pm
  • Community Room
  • St. Louis Park Byerly’s
  • 3777 Park Center Blvd.

Free, but please RSVP so we know how many to expect!



Parenting Challenges: Taking Care of Yourself


Register Today!        November 2, 2016 – 6:30 pm

PCLG is sponsoring a free workshop for parents and caregivers this fall.   Join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet other parents while learning about how to take care of yourself! 

Parenting a child with emotional, behavioral, or developmental disabilities can be challenging.  Parents and caregivers often report exhaustion, financial strain, and feelings of isolation. The perception of stigma can increase the sense of burden and isolation that our families feel as well.

Dr. Elizabeth Reeve will share her unique insight into the effects that stress caElizabeth 2n have on parents and ways that we can learn to reduce its impact on us. Participants will learn:

  • What is stress?
  • The effects of chronic stress
  • Unique stressors for parents
  • Ways to reduce stress


  • Woodlake Nature Center
  • 6710 Lake Shore Drive
  • Richfield, MN

This event is FREE, but please register!

PCLG Wants to Hear from You


Please take a few miniutes to complete this short survey to help Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) find out more about how families are learning about and accessing services for their children (ages 0-18) in Hennepin County.  PCLG is part of the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative and we work with many stakeholders to improve the children’s mental health system in our region.

Your feedback is important to us and will remain confidential.

SURVEY: Tell Us About Children’s Mental Health Services in Hennepin County

Summer Camps? Already??

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I know, I know.  It seems WAY too early, but it’s really not. And it just might be possible to find a camp that suits your kid. Here are a few ideas to help you start exploring some options for your child now:

True Friends Camp – (Annandale, MN)

This camp has different programs which you might find are suited to your child’s specific needs and interests, with programs designed for kids with shorter attention spans, a literacy camp, a sensory friendly camp, equine therapy, and even a camp for struggling readers.  They accept waivered funds and have financial assistance for others who qualify. Five camps make up this group: Camp Courage, Camp Friendship, Camp Eden Wood, Camp Courage North and Camp New Hope.

Camp Noah (St. Paul, MN) The camp curriculum is specifically designed to help children process their experience with disaster and grief in a safe, supportive, and caring atmosphere that also offers fun and recreation at a time of intense stress. Lutheran Social Services runs this camp.

Camp Character (Park Rapids, MN) works to develop life and social skills for children with special needs ages 7-18. It is an overnight camp that will build confidence and behavioral skills.

And for those who prefer to stay in town… Three Rivers Parks District and local parks and Y’s are often good options.

DID YOU KNOW? Reach for Resources  (Twin Cities Metro Areaoffers adaptive recreational opportunities and partners with programs to support all kinds of kids in inclusive settings.