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The Challenges of Adult Children with a Mentally Ill Parent



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

The Training & Education Center (TEC) of the Mental Health Association of Southeaster PA offers a free, open quarterly information & support group for adults who have or had a parent/caregiver OR sibling with significant mental health issues or disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, a personality disorder, or an anxiety disorder.  Supportive discussions will focus on the needs or questions of participants at the meeting.  Handouts on understanding and recovering from the effects of dealing with a mental illness in a parent or sibling are also offered, along with suggested reading lists and other resource materials. We attract a core group of regular participants, with new people coming in and out as their needs dictate.  The average size of our group is about 5-7 people, which allows for everyone to talk and share if they choose to do so.  It is facilitated by Edie Mannion, the co-founder of TEC, an adult daughter and family therapist specializing in serious mental illness and families.

For meeting dates and contact information, see flyer.

For adolescents and their caregivers, visit our web site at

Austin, Texas:

NAMI Austin Daughters and Sons Support Group
For adults of all ages that have a parent with a mental illness
Meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm in Central Metro Austin
Contact: Rhonda Sparre or at 512-569-8195

New York, New York:

“Daughters and Sons” is a NAMI support group where you can share, in confidence, any issue related to having a parent with mental illness.  At the “Daughters and Sons” NAMI support group, men and women, age 20 to about 75, meet monthly to learn information and gain support.  Our situations are all different -- some live with parents, some do not speak with their parents, other parents have died or have no insight that they are ill -- yet our experiences are similar.  Members give one another thoughtful feedback revealing creativity and courage.  Afterall, how many people can say they saved a life?  How many people can say their love, advocacy, and partnership with their parents changed lives?  

Stasia London - Facilitator New YorkTo participate in the Daughters and Sons support group call the NAMI Helpline at (212) 684-3264.  The facilitator will phone you back.  The support group meets monthly on a Monday evening at the NAMI-metro Office, 505 Eighth Avenue, (35th and 36th Streets.) There is no charge to participate.

Not able to attend on a Monday? Call the Helpline for other resources.  NAMI  NYC Metro offers 20 support groups a month. (212-684-3264)  All are free of charge.  Also, NAMI’s on –line community discussion offers support  under “find support” or type “daughters and sons” in the search box.

See flyer


Maple Grove, Daughters & Sons Support Group
(first meeting is Jan. 24)
NAMI Minnesota is launching a new support group specifically for adults with a parent who lives or lived with a mental illness. The Daughters and Sons Support Group will meet at the Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street North, on Jan. 24, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. It will then meet on the third Tuesday of every month starting Feb. 21.
Contact facilitator Jennifer Thomas at 612-845-6619 for more information.

Interested in Starting a Support Group in Your Area?

If you are interested in starting a Daughters and Sons support group in your area fill out the form below which goes to Maggie Jarry, Coordinator of the Daughters and Sons Working Group to explore options and organizations in your area that could sponsor a group.  Over time we hope to develop more opportunities for Daughters and Sons to find peers and gain information through local support groups and other resources.

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BiographyMaggie Jarry

Maggie Jarry, M.S., is a community organizer who has taken an unorthodox path to becoming a recovery expert. Inspired by her life experience, since 2003, Ms. Jarry has coordinated a national working group dedicated to improving awareness and addressing the needs of daughters and sons of all ages who have a parent with psychiatric illness. Her central message has focused on breaking stigma against parents with mental illness and the underlying assumptions people have about being raised by a parent with mental illness. Members of the Daughters and Sons working group include parents with lived experience of psychiatric illness, adult daughters and sons who have a parent with psychiatric illness, researchers across the United States and leaders in the United Kingdom and Australia. Ms. Jarry began this project as a way to improve the responsiveness of NAMI affiliates across the United States when they receive inquires from “Daughters and Sons”.

Ms. Jarry regularly makes public presentations about the experiences of daughters and sons who have a parent with psychiatric illness. Her essay “A Peer Saplings Story: Lifting the Veil on Parents with Mental Illness and Their Daughters and Sons” was published in the December 2009 issue of Psychiatric Services.

Ms. Jarry is working with others in a national effort to create a sustainable structure and clearinghouse of resources and information in support of parents with mental illness and their daughters and sons. Ms. Jarry holds bachelors of art degrees in art history and religious studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson and a masters of science in nonprofit management from The New School, New York City.

Articles by Maggie Jarry

A Peer Saplings Story: Lifting the Veil on Parents with Mental Illness and Their Daughters and Sons

Letters to "Psychiatric Services" Journal in response to "Lifting the Veil"

Voice and Identity: Daughters and Sons of Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities










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