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NAMI Dakota County

Mental illness, an often isolating illness, affects one in five people.  It affects persons of any age, race religion or socioeconomic status.  It affects the entire family.  Mental illnesses are biological brain disorders and can disrupt a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.  Mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions.  Thanks to research and medical advances in medications and treatment, recovery is possible. Many people feel isolated by mental illness due to the stigma and misinformation surrounding it.  If your life has been touched by mental illness, you are not alone.

We have a commitment to, improving the quality of life for people who live with mental illnesses, erasing the stigma around mental illnesses, referring families and friends to existing resources, and influencing public policy.

WE WANT YOU... to be informed.  Come to one of our meetings. There is no cost or obligation--just the opportunity for you or your loved one to help and get help!

NAMI Dakota Education Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN

For more information or to leave NAMI Dakota County a message call Connie Johnson at (952) 432-9278

Upcoming Events
Check back soon for updates!

Support Groups in Dakota County

Family to Family Support Group:
For families of people living with a mental illness.
When: The 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Advent United Methodist, 3945 Lexington Avenue South, Eagan
Contact: Connie Johnson at 952-432-9278

NAMI Connection Support Group: For people living with a mental illness.
Not Currently Meeting - Hopes to Resume Soon

Parent Resource Groups
For Parents of children under 18 living with mental health issues.
We have several Parent Resource Groups in Dakota County:

Apple Valley/Lakeville
When: 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Road
Contact: NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948

When: Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Jo Jo's Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, Suite 100
Contact:NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948

NAMI Parent Connection Support Group: For parents who live with a mental illness and who are raising children with mental health challenges.
When: 2nd & 4th Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Park Nicollet (Eagan Clinic), 1885 Plaza Dr.
Contact: NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948

Young Adult NAMI Connection Support Group: For adolescents (16-20) living with mental health challenges.
When: 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Where:  Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Road, Apple Valley
Contact: Andrea Lee at 651-645-2948 x106 or

Important Announcements
NAMI Dakota County Recognizes Greg Wills as the 2013 "Member of the Year"!
NAMI Dakota County is starting a new tradition of recognizing NAMI members in our area who have gone above and beyond in their support of our mission. We have chosen Greg Wills to be the first recipient in honor of his outstanding support of NAMI Dakota during 2013. Greg has worked tirelessly to design and make handmade NAMI bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. It has been a great way to increase awareness of NAMI in the community and to promote our efforts. We greatly appreciate Greg for his time and talents and are proud to call him NAMI Dakota Member of the Year for 2013.

Stay in the Know about NAMI
Are you an active member of NAMI Dakota County? Would you like to be? To hear important announcements and learn more about what's happening with NAMI check out the Affiliate Leader Letter published by NAMI Minnesota. You can download the latest edition below under "Related Files".

If you would like to contribute to NAMI Dakota County, please use the button below. If you have a message or special request for how your donation should be used, please indicate this with your donation.


Additional Resources in Dakota County:

Depression Support Coalition
Dakota County Mental Health

Dakota County Social Services Directory
Dakota County Housing Resources

Related Files

NAMI Leader Letter - March 2014 (PDF File)

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