We are excited to share that NAMI of Hancock County will be taking registrations for KidShop! It will be held the 1st Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm Location TBA-----Lunch will be provided.
KidShop is an innovative activity based program for school-age children whose lives have been impacted by mental illness. It was developed by NAMI Minnesota.
NAMI of Hancock County's Executive Director states, "there are several benefits of KidShop: One of the wonderful aspects of KidShop is that it is an extension of support for kids that are already in services. Second, it is an outlet and a support to children that are not in services and will help them understand mental health conditions and find support among their peers. Lastly, parents that are struggling from a mental health condition or have a child with a mental health condition sometimes need a break to re-group so they can be their best self."
But, what is KidShop?
“Why do they act that way? It’s not fair! It’s embarrassing!“
These complaints are often voiced by kids who have a parent or sibling with a mental illness. KidShop provides a fun experience where kids join in activities, share concerns, get support, and learn they are not alone.
- KidShop is for children in 1st to 12th grade. Participants are organized into two groups:
- Children who do not have a mental health diagnosis themselves but have a sibling or parent with a diagnosis.
- Children with a mental health diagnosis.
Pre-registration and interview is required, so that parent(s) and child(ren) have an opportunity to meet staff prior to program entry. It also provides an opportunity to address and needs your child(ren) may have so that NAMI can provide them with a great learning and social experience. Online registration can be found under the education tab on the NAMI of Hancock County website or by clicking here.