Connect Groups

Epilepsy can be an isolating condition without the support of others, but we believe that no one should have to face epilepsy alone. Connect Groups are an easy way to meet people affected by epilepsy and share experiences in a safe and supportive environment. The structure and intent of Connect Groups vary by location to meet the needs of that community. Sometimes these epilepsy support group meetings have a set topic, while others are an open discussion. Occasionally, we’ll be joined by guest speakers sharing about a subject specific to living with epilepsy. 

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Connect Group Guidelines

We feel it’s important to create a place of safety and trust, so we ask that you please follow these Connect Group guidelines.

  • What is said in the meeting, stays in the meeting — This is the essential principle of confidentiality. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the group a safe place to share.
  • Share the air time — Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time.
  • Use “I” language — Share from your personal experience. Say “this is what helped me” or “when I was faced with this problem, I …” Please don’t give advice unless asked to.
  • Model respectfulness and kindness — Differences of opinion are okay. Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruptions and side conversations.
  • Adhere to meeting start times and end times — Our meetings are not “open house” style. We often have professional speakers and an agenda.
  • Respond to seizure activity appropriately — The facilitator of your group is trained in seizure first aid. Please follow their instructions and know that if you have a seizure, you’re in good hands.
  • We don’t share participants’ contact information — If you’ve made new friends in your group (and we know you will!), please take it upon yourselves to exchange contact information.
Thriving with Epilepsy

Meet Jacqui Mattson

Seizures can strike at any moment. Imagine living your everyday life seizure-free, and then one day you are faced with a life-altering diagnosis. Meet the Mattson family. After receiving news that their daughter Jacqui was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 14, they learned to cope with her seizures and find support through EFMN.

Jacqui's Story
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Current Connect Groups:

Metro Region:

* Besides Adult Connect Group, locations for meetings rotate around the Twin Cities Metro as noted on the events calendar

  • Monthly Adult Connect: intended for adults with epilepsy
  • Monthly Adult & Parent Connect: intended for individuals, parents, family members, and friends affected by epilepsy
  • Bi-monthly Parent Connect: intended for parents and guardians of children, of any age, who have epilepsy
  • Quarterly Teen Connect and Social Group: intended for teens (13-18 years old) who have epilepsy

St. Cloud Region:

  • Monthly Connect: intended for individuals, family members, and friends affected by epilepsy

Fargo/Moorhead Region:

  • Monthly Adult Connect: intended for adults with epilepsy
  • Monthly Family Connect: intended for families affected by epilepsy

Duluth Region:

  • Monthly Adult Connect: intended for adults with epilepsy
  • Bi-Annual Family Connect: intended for families affected by epilepsy
  • Bi-Annual Itasca County Connect: intended for anyone affected by epilepsy, rotates between Deer River and Grand Rapids

Rochester Region:

  • Monthly Connect: intended for individuals, family members, and friends affected by epilepsy; rotates monthly between Rochester and Mankato

Upcoming Connect Groups

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Adult Virtual Connect Group: 2020 Reflections and Celebration

2020 Reflections and Celebration: As we are nearing the end of the 2020 year, we invite you to come together with us to reflect on the year as a whole, and celebrate how each of us has found ways to not only survive but thrive. We encourage you to also



Parent Virtual Connect Group: A Year for the Record Books

2020: A Year for the Record Books: We invite you to join other parents and caregivers as we celebrate our accomplishments throughout 2020. We encourage you to also reflect on the traditions of your family and friends in these months, and bring a tradition to share with the group. In



Loss of a Loved One Virtual Connect Group: Seasonal Grief

Holiday Gathering and Open Discussion: We invite anyone who has lost a loved one to an epilepsy-related cause to join us for the opportunities to share what it means to grieve during the seasons of life. These seasons may revolve around holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or any significant dates that you

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Looking for more ways to connect?

Our social events are also a great way to meet other people who understand, and to have some fun!

Social Events