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Behavioral Health Support Services

Find the mental health support you need across Avera Behavioral Health’s 13 locations in the Upper Midwest. Call our assessment line 24/7 to talk with one of our skilled, compassionate professionals toll-free at 1-800-691-4336.

In southwestern Minnesota, call the Mobile Crisis Response Team’s hotline at 1-800-642-1525. This team of specially trained mental health professionals and practitioners – available 24/7 – serves children and adults of Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles, Rock and Pipestone counties.

Support Groups for Abuse & Domestic Violence

The scars of domestic violence and abuse run deep. The trauma of what you’ve been through can stay with you long after you’ve escaped the abusive situation. You may struggle with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger that you just can’t kick. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.

Counseling, therapy, and support groups for domestic abuse survivors and children who have experienced or witnessed abuse can help you process what you’ve been through and learn how to build new and healthy relationships. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.

Find abuse support groups for adult and child survivors of emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, as well as threats of abuse at Avera Medical Group Behavioral Health in Yankton, SD.

Support Groups for Addiction & Recovery

You can’t battle addiction alone. View our list of addiction and recovery support groups for issues ranging from drug and alcohol abuse to compulsive gambling and other negative behaviors.

Take part in nationally recognized addiction and recovery support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA). Call the Helpline Center at 211 or 605-339-4357 for meeting times and locations.

Support for Parents

Although filled with rewards, the enormous responsibility of parenting also presents challenges. Learn how to improve your skills with the support of Avera professionals and other parents when you participate in parenting classes. You’ll receive information and resources that can positively impact the way you interact with your children and create more constructive, loving and respectful parent and child relationships.

Support Programs for Grief and Loss

The loss of a loved one deeply affects you, your family and even your day-to-day and work life. Receive the help you need throughout the grieving process and find friendship and understanding in one of our specialized support groups:

Infant Loss Support Group Schedule

Losing an infant is an extremely difficult situation for parents and family members to cope with. Our counselors can help you deal with the grief.

Meets three consecutive Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the dates listed below:

  • January 12, 19 and 26, 2016
  • April 5, 12 and 19, 2016
  • October 25, November 1 and 8, 2016

Location: Avera Behavioral Health Center - 4400 W. 69th Street - Education Classroom G616, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Adult Grief Program Schedule

Our grief program can help you say goodbye and cope with your loss. Grief is usually a painful feeling that can affect your entire being - emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. Our counselors will offer information about the normal grief process during this program for adults or seniors.

Meets three consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the dates listed below:

  • January 16, 23 and 30, 2016
  • April 2, 9 and 16, 2016
  • October 29, November 5 and 12, 2016

Location: Avera Behavioral Health Center - 4400 W. 69th Street - Education Classroom G616, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Child and Adolescent Grief Program

Counselors who specialize in children and adolescents see clients individually or as a family for grief needs. There is a charge for these services, but most are covered by insurance. We would be happy to check insurance coverage for clients. To learn more about charges for these services, please contact us using the information on this page.

Other Avera locations also offer grief and loss support programs. Contact your local facility to find additional opportunities.

Support for Military Personnel & Families

As a military family, you face unique challenges such as the stress of training, reassignments, and deployments.

Find the specialized behavioral health care you need from highly trained therapists at Avera Medical Group Behavioral Health in Yankton, S.D. Our experts understand the culture in which you – as veterans and military families – live and work. That means you’ll experience evidence-based care that helps identify, assess and treat mental health issues and medical needs of service members and their families.

Call 1-888-668-8700 for more information.

Behavioral Health Expertise

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Know the Behavioral Health Warning Signs

Pay attention to these behaviors and get assistance right away by calling 1-800-691-4336.

View the Signs

  • Acting withdrawn, sad or overly anxious
  • Extreme difficulty interacting with friends and/or family
  • Significant mood swings
  • Drop in school performance
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Increased or persistent use of alcohol or drugs
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Threats to self or others
  • Hallucinations, paranoia or delusion
  • Other sudden or extreme behavioral changes

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