A six-week Grief Support Group is offered periodically throughout the year. The Grief Support Group is free, but registration is required. Those who have questions or would like to know when the next support group will be held should call or visit the website.
Winona Health Hospice is offering a free, virtual, six-week Grief Support Group to anyone who is experiencing grief, no matter when their loss occurred or where they receive healthcare services. This small-group setting makes it a comfortable place for people to share their experience with others who are dealing with a loss. You’ll learn coping strategies to help you through your grief and ideas for finding moments of joy. Bring your thoughts, questions, and challenges.
AA District 2 serves Winona, Fillmore & Houston Counties in Minnesota. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. If you drink too much, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s our business. We can help because we’ve been there and understand the disease of alcoholism. There is a solution!
Our District is a part of AA worldwide, with more than 2 million AA members. We are a part of something that has helped people stay sober for more than 80 years. There are no fees or membership requirements other than the desire to stop drinking. If you are struggling or just want to learn more about AA, call us at (507) 200-0594. We can answer your questions, connect you with an AA member in your community, and/or refer you to meetings in their area.
AA does not offer a “cure” for alcoholics, but rather a continuing process of recovery through the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and not drinking one day at a time. AA allows alcoholics to share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Visit aadistrict2.org for a list of meetings or call us to learn more about a new life and freedom from alcohol. If you are a professional in our community, we welcome inquiries. For more resources and literature, go to aa.org.
Support group for parents hurting from the destructive choices of chemical addition of their children. The group provides comfort, hope, encouragement, community, and strength.
Mission: To encourage hurting parents on their journey from pain to peace.
The mission of LDA Minnesota is to empower and support children, adults, families and the broader community impacted by learning disabilities, attention deficit and related challenges through assessment, intervention, education and outreach.
Weight Watchers is simple, satisfying and smart. The PointsPlus program is based on the latest nutritional science, and factors in the way your body actually processes food.
A healthy – and holistic – way to lose weight Weight Watchers developed the “four pillars of healthy weight loss” based on years of scientific research and analysis.
What to expect
Motivation and Togetherness
Lean on fellow members for the tips and advice you need to stick with it.
Guidance from a leader who’s been there
All leaders lost weight on Weight Watchers, so they know the secrets to success.
The anytime, anywhere access of OnlinePlus
Our digital tools will keep you motivated, and our online community is unmatched.
Hey first timers! If you can, try and arrive 30 minutes early so we can get to know you better. (And you’ll beat the line!)
Advocacy Center of Winona provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking who are seeking protection orders and other legal assistance, social services, health care or housing. The Advocacy Center of Winona provides support groups for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and offer education about these topics for the school district, the local universities, and the private sector.
The Advocacy Center of Winona also engages in activism for more effective policies concerning violence against women and children, and to help the community talk about how to respond to and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
There are a number of ways that you can help support the mission as a volunteer. All volunteers are asked to complete a volunteer application form and go through a screening process.
24 hour crisis line (507) 452-4453
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Caregiver Support Group for adults age 55 and better provides an opportunity to meet with other caregivers to exchange helpful tips, give and receive support, and learn about new resources.
Caregiver Mental and Physical Health
Caregivers are at increased risk of depression and other symptoms of distress. Perhaps you feel guilty because you think you aren’t doing enough, and you’re frustrated that you can’t do more. If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, that’s understandable – this is a difficult time for you…and help is available.
- Virtual and In-person Opportunities
Minnesota South Area Al-Anon and Alateen
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. This is done by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. The keystone of Al-Anon’s structure is the membership. The basic unit is the Al-Anon or Alateen group, which consists of two or more individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by alcoholism coming together for mutual help.
A support group in Winona County that is available to widows and widowers to help them deal with their grief or any other problems related to the recent death of their loved one. Join this group for socializing over a meal. Contact Genevieve C. Bartz for more information.
Participants are encouraged to first complete the six-week Grief Support Group program through Winona Health.
Winona Daily News article about the support group
For People Living with a Mental Illness
This peer-based, mixed diagnosis, mutual support group is for people living with mental illnesses. Groups meet on a weekly basis for 90 minutes. Facilitators must self-identify as living with a mental illness, have good interpersonal communication skills, and be living well in recovery.
For Family Members and Friends
Family Support Groups
These peer-based, mutual support groups are for family and friends who have a loved one living with a mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Groups meet for 90 minutes on a bimonthly or monthly basis, though some groups elect to meet more frequently. Facilitators should have good interpersonal skills, and be a close family and/or friend of someone living with mental illness.
NAMI is looking for dependable and compassionate individuals to help facilitate peer-led support groups. All of NAMI Minnesota’s support groups are run by trained volunteers, and are peer-to-peer support groups, not therapy groups. The role of a facilitator is one of managing group dynamics and guiding participants. Facilitators are asked to donate 2-3 hours on a weekly or bi-monthly commitment, for a full year or more. NAMI support groups are facilitated in teams in order to prevent volunteers from being overwhelmed and ensure people are able to take time off for scheduling conflicts, vacation, or illness. Candidates can elect to join existing support groups or create new groups in their local community.
Weekly drop-in group for parents to weigh their baby, get answers to questions and meet other parents. New parents and expecting parents are welcome. Meeting facilitators are Winona Health’s Lisa Henderson, RN, CBS and Olivia Kendall, RN, CLC.
Winona State University, Gundersen Health System Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and Winona Health have partnered to offer “Winona Survivors Unite in Exercise,” a free customized exercise program for cancer survivors.
The 12-week program will help cancer patients maintain or improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and wellness following treatment. You may have just completed treatment or have been a survivor for years to be eligible for the program.
Survivors will meet 6:35-7:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the WSU Integrated Wellness Complex, room 136. Participants will work with WSU undergraduate students in the movement science program. New sessions start each semester.
For more information or to enroll, contact WSU professor of Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences Gary Kastello by calling 507-457-5219 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winona County Restorative Justice Program is a community based program that strives to make a difference in the lives of young people. The program is housed with the Department of Corrections and takes a restorative approach to dealing with juveniles. The program’s mission is to “facilitate compassionate responses for crime and wrongdoing that fosters support and healing for the victim; accountability, rehabilitation of the offender; and renewal and safety for the community.”
Winona County Restorative Justice offers a multitude of programming for youth age 10-18. The primary objective is to work with our community’s youth in building strong values while helping them to understand accountability for their actions.
There are several opportunities to volunteer with this program. Complete the volunteer application here.