Resources

Resources for mental health illnesses can be difficult to find, researching what is available in your county is a great way to start looking for care. If you have a mental health illness, it is important to notify your school so they can help provide you with a counselor, school psychologist, or social worker. Some schools have better programs for assisting those with mental health disabilities. One way to help assure you get the proper care is to check the schools in your district to see which could be the best fit for your condition.

Some insurance plans cover mental health costs, and others might not. Ask your parent or guardian about your insurance plan and see if you are eligible to get covered for therapy or psychiatric care.

Some resources also involve getting educated. There is a large variety of ways to educate yourself and others on mental illness and ways to cope and live a healthy life with it. You can learn about the basics of mental health, along with strategies and ways to implement changes into your life right away.

 

Image result for change to chill Change to Chill provides free episodes and training for youth to help them “chill out” and manage stress. This free online program is provided by Alina Health.

Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the creative art of dance. Young dance is a company of all abilities. The dance students and company collaborate with professional artists, forge meaningful community partnerships and push the boundaries of the art and practice of dance. Young Dance is an inclusive, artistic community where creativity flourishes and all are encouraged to aspire to artistic professionalism. Young Dance offers modern dance technique, improvisation, and choreographic skills for any body. Young Dance offers two programs for dance participation, our Community Dance Classes and the Young Dance Company.

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Is a comprehensive training that involves teaching first hand response to a mental health emergency. This class can prepare you for any incident that may be difficult for others to respond to such has: a manic episode, a panic attack, or even a suicide attempt. The class teaches you how to calmly respond to a mental health crisis and what steps should be taken to de-esculate the situation. This class is ideal for adults working with youth. There is not yet a course for youth only to take.

MACMH (MN Assc. For Children’s Mental Health)

MACMH is an association that primarily provides trainings for parents, educators, social workers, and professionals. Their trainings also provide CEUs for meeting requirements for class hours needed (this is generally more relevant to professionals).

MAMCH Mental Health Fact Sheets

Are available for free for anyone via the macmh.org website. They provide fact sheets on 14 different common mental health disorders with symptoms and strategies to implement change within the classroom.
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Our Newly Revised and Updated Fact Sheets are FREE for your non-commercial use! The fact sheets include the most common mental health disorders in youth, classroom strategies, and additional resources.

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MACMH publications, books, and classroom activities are available for purchase for educators and those working within schools.

 

MN Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, Pansexual, Two-Spirit Mental Health Provider’s Network

NAMI Courses

Provide educational trainings on a wide variety of topics at no cost. Trainings are targeted towards youth, adults and families. Their courses range from information about mental health, ways to cope, self care and mindfulness. NAMI is a national organization with branches all across the states. The Minnesota division is located in the Twin Cities. If you are not in Minnesota and are looking for courses to take, check out NAMI in your state!

 

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Washburn provides outpatient and family therapy, assessments, intensive therapy group sessions, and at home services. They are a large Twin Cities based organization that has information for families, educators, and professionals. They host events and activities for the community along with trainings.

 

 

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provides psychiatric care and educational services for families. They are one of the largest mental health psychiatric providers in the state. They also provide inpatient services and partial hospitalization programs along with behavioral programs.

 

 

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Anxiety In Teens

is the leading online mental health magazine for teens dealing with anxiety disorders and other mental health issues, founded by a teen who struggled with anxiety yet couldn’t find any refuge online for real help, fast. Teens with anxiety, college students, and parents mental health information are available for all those  seeking information, inspiration and community. Teens and parents on this site will not find medical jargon or content from healthcare professionals, but rather they will gain the inside scoop, straight from the source. This non-profit is founded, run and written all by youth who have been there & done that when it comes to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

 

 

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Blank Slate Theatre 

exists to serve, teach, and inspire through theatre. offers onsite drama, art, and movement workshops oriented towards personal growth, healing, and self-expression. To learn more about their creative arts workshops, and how to bring these services to you and yours, please click here.  Blank slate theatre offers three educational touring productions: Disordered [thy name is teenager]Analyzing the Bullyand bottomAll productions are designed to inspire post-play discussions with the use of their thought-provoking discussion questions.

 

 

MN Teen Challenge

For more than 25 years, MN Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to teens and adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. MNTC offer a full range of services including: Intensive licensed Rule 31 treatment programs: both residential and outpatient, long-term faith-based recovery programs, extensive aftercare programs for graduates, and prevention programs for middle and high school students.

 

 

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The Silver Ribbon Campaign 

Is a student led group which supports and educates South High students who have mental illnesses, who are affected by mental illness in their friends and family members and who want to learn more to help make South a safe place for all students.  SRC is now in its 11th year and unique to South. It was started very organically by 2 South students with assistance from Eva Neubeck, social worker. She and Katie Fritz provide them assistance using their professional social work skills and knowledge.

 

 

Southside Urban Coalition

The Southside Urban Coalition

is focused on preventing youth substance use in south Minneapolis in order to make the community a healthy and safe place. The coalition is  funded by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The coalition welcomes anyone who is invested in the south Minneapolis community, is involved with preventing youth substance use, or who wants to make a difference to join us, check out the youth section specifically for more information.

 

 

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StopBullying.gov

is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, sharing statistics, news, and educational information on how citizens can stop bullying in their communities, as well as seek help if they are being bullied.

 

 

Trevor ProjectThe Trevor Project

Was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

 

TWLOHATo Write Love On Her Arms

Is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. This began in the spring of 2006, when To Write Love on Her Arms founder Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story about a friend struggling with depression, addiction, and self- injury. The words and the life it represented shed light on the reality of contrast—pain and peace, addiction and sobriety, regret and freedom. The title, “To Write Love on Her Arms,” also represented a goal—to believe that a better life was possible.

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Active Minds

Is an organization whose mission it is to de-stigmatize mental health disorders on college campuses nationwide, indeed around the world.

 

 

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A youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

 

Mental health professional and law resources

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

AACAP’s mission is the promotion of mentally healthy children, adolescents and families through research, training, advocacy, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, peer support and collaboration.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disabilities.

 

An alliance of children’s advocates, researchers, law enforcement professionals and community organizers that seeks to protect minority youth in the justice system and promote rational and effective justice policies.

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

An independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

 

 NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness)

 Is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
 
What they do:

They educate. Offered in thousands of communities across America through our NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

They advocate. NAMI shapes the national public policy landscape for people with mental illness and their families and provides grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.

They listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

They lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), NAMIWalks and other efforts, successfully combat stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

– See more at: https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI#sthash.iNT3qUu5.dpuf

 

1. Text “Life” to 61222.
2. Wait for a trained counselor to respond to your text.
3. Respond to the counselor, starting the conversation about what you are concerned about.TXT4Life hours are 12 p.m.-3 a.m. Central Standard Time. If you text us outside of those hours, we will respond when the text center opens.

If you need help finding a resource or care in your community please call:

Mental Health America – For a referral to specific mental health service or support program in your community
Phone Number: 800-969-NMHA (6642)

Crisis Resource: Psychiatric Crisis Kit

For other numbers to call for anonymous help, please see below what could be helpful for you.

AIDS and HIV

Project Inform: National HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline
800-822-7422 or 415-558-9051 in the San Francisco Bay Area
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
http://www.projectinform.org

Alcohol and Drugs

Crisis Call Center
800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
800-784-6776
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.addictioncareoptions.com

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
800-662-HELP (4357)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov

Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline
800-USA-KIDS (800-872-5437)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.thursdayschild.org

Bullying and Cyberbullying

CyberTipline
800-843-5678
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.cybertipline.com

National Suicide Hotline
800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
800-442-HOPE (4673)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.hopeline.com

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The Trevor Lifeline (U.S. only)
866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.thetrevorproject.org

Depression

Depression and Bipolar Support
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.dbsalliance.org

National Hopeline Network
800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
800-442-HOPE (4673)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.hopeline.com

Crisis Center and Hotlines Locator by State
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/getinvolved/locator

Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline
630-482-9696
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.spsamerica.org

Eating Disorders

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders
630-577-1330
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
http://www.anad.org

National Eating Disorders Association
800-931-2237
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Grief and Loss

National Mental Health Association Hotline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.nmha.org

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
800-959-TAPS (8277)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.taps.org

Boys Town National Hotline – serving all at-risk teens and children
800-448-3000
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.boystown.org/hotline

National Runaway Switchboard
800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

Mental Health

Crisis Call Center
800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

National Hopeline Network
800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
800-442-HOPE (4673)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.hopeline.com

National Institute of Mental Health Information Center
866-615-6464
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/site-info/contact-nimh.shtml

National Mental Health Association Hotline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.nmha.org

Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline
800-USA-KIDS (800-872-5437)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.thursdayschild.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone Number: 800-826-3632

Rape, Sexual Violence, and Domestic Violence

Child help USA National Child Abuse Hotline
800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.childhelpusa.org

love is respect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
(866) 331-9474
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.loveisrespect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.ndvh.org

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
800-656-HOPE (4673)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.rainn.org

Safe Horizon’s Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673)

Crime Victims Hotline: 866-689-HELP (4357)

Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline: 212-227-3000

TDD phone number for all Hotlines: 866-604-5350
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.safehorizon.org

School Violence

National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
http://www.promoteprevent.org

SPEAK UP
866-SPEAK-UP (773-2587)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.bradycampaign.org/our-impact/campaigns/speak-up

Sexuality and Sexual Health

American Sexual Health Association
919-361-8488
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
http://www.ashastd.org

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) INFO
800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.cdc.gov

GLBT National Youth Talkline
800-246-PRIDE (7743)
4 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST, Monday to Friday
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Saturday
http://www.glnh.org/talkline

Planned Parenthood National Hotline
800-230-PLAN (7526) – for routing to local resources
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.plannedparenthood.org

Trans Lifeline
U.S.:(877) 565-8860
Canada: (877) 330-6366
This hotline is staffed by volunteers who are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience. Operators are generally available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
http://www.translifeline.org

Stress and Anxiety

Crisis Call Center
800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

National Institute of Mental Health Information Center
866-615-6464
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

National Mental Health Association Hotline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.nmha.org

Suicide

Crisis Call Center
800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

National Suicide Hotline
800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
800-442-HOPE (4673)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.hopeline.com

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline
800-USA-KIDS (800-872-5437)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.thursdayschild.org

Teen Parenting

Baby Safe Haven
Confidential toll free hotline: 888-510-BABY (2229)
Safe Haven Infant Protection Laws enable a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. As long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution.
State finder map: http://safehaven.tv/states

Boys Town National Hotline – serving all at-risk teens and children
800-448-3000
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.parenting.org

Postpartum Support International
800-944-4PPD (4773)
Calls returned within 24 hours
http://postpartum.net

Teen Pregnancy

American Pregnancy Helpline
866-942-6466
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.thehelpline.org

Birthright International
800-550-4900
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.birthright.org

Planned Parenthood
800-230-PLAN (7526) – for routing to local resources
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.plannedparenthood.org

Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline
800-USA-KIDS (800-872-5437)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.thursdayschild.org

Other specific hotlines:

National Center for Victims of Crime – Multi-language service available
Phone Number: 800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)

S.A.F.E. Alternatives
Phone Number: 800-DONT-CUT (800-366-8288)

PPD Moms
Phone Number: 800-PPD-MOMS (800-773-6667)

Minnesota Specific hotlines:

Metro Area Mental Health Crisis Lines:

Anoka County 763-755-3801

Carver/Scott Counties 952-442-7601

Dakota County 952-891-7171

Washington County 651-777-5222

Ramsey County, Adults 651-266-7900

Ramsey County, Children 651-774-7000

Hennepin County, Adults 612-596-1223

Hennepin County, Children 612-348-2233

Sometimes a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:

•Withdrawing from family and friends
•Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
•Rage or anger
•Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
•Feeling like there is no reason to live
•Engaging in risky activities without thinking
•Increasing alcohol or drug abuse

If you are a college student and are not in immediate need of psychological attention, ULifeLine is an organization dedicated to helping college students find support groups, professional support, and more. They even have a self evaluating too that you can access by clicking here. If you are a friend concerned about the well being of one of your peers, ULifeLine also has resources for you.

The following signs require immediate attention:

  • Thinking about harming yourself
  • Thinking about harming others