New Family Support & Skills Group Offered in Roseville

Mar 27, 2024

In partnership with NAMI Ramsey County, the city of Roseville, and the Roseville Police Department Community Action Team, People Incorporated is pleased to offer an in-person Family Support and Skills Group. Offered at the Rosebrook Park Building from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month starting on April 4, the group will be facilitated by two embedded social workers and long-time mental health professionals from the Roseville PD Community Action Team.

The Family Support and Skills Group was born out of the unique need of the Roseville community, which was recognized by embedded social worker Molli Slade when she began her work in the Roseville PD in 2023. When responding to and meeting with community members, she noticed that many of the repeat callers were parents living with older children with mental health concerns. As the parents aged, taking care of the child became more and more difficult, and these individuals felt isolated with nowhere to turn for support.

“If my embedded role were never created, this group would probably have never come to existence,” said Molli. “Through this position, I was able to identify a need and develop something to meet that need.”

The group will incorporate a combination of peer support and skill building using Ambiguous Loss by Pauline Boss as a toolkit. The nationally known book explores the theory of ambiguous loss, which refers to any kind of loss without a sense of closure. For many of the families Molli encounters, there’s a feeling of loss for the child or the life that they thought they were going to have.

The main goals of the Family Support and Skills Group is for participants to gain insight from the challenges and success of others facing similar experiences. Through building community, Molli hopes attendees can build understanding and awareness, learn and develop coping strategies, and acquire new skills.

“From the police perspective, we’d like to see reduced calls,” said Molli. “I see the high utilizers feeling so powerless, so this can hopefully help some of our residents find a better path forward. We also hope to help reduce the stigma and isolation that families often feel as a result of having a family member with a mental health diagnosis.”

This group is open at no cost to any adult with a loved one who is living with a mental illness. These are stand-alone sessions, meaning you can join at any time and drop in when desired. The group meets at the City of Roseville Rosebrook Park Building (2590 Fry Street, Roseville, MN 55113), and copies of the text as well as small treats will be provided for participants. Prior registration (linked here) is preferred so that the facilitators can get an accurate headcount for these items.

In addition, if at any point you feel like your needs extend beyond this support group’s parameters, Molli will be available for individual or family counseling and has the ability to connect you to other services. With any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Molli at 651-792-7252 or by emailing molli.slade@peopleincorporated.org.