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Mental Health Support

rocks in circles of sand The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of stress, fear and anxiety for many people. It’s important that Minnesotans have access to the mental health care resources they need to stay well during this challenging time. State agencies are working together to ensure these services are available, and they are also connecting people with private organizations that can provide support. This includes telemedicine resources (which replace clinic visits) and other well-being supports to help families and individuals cope.

Resources for supporting mental well-being during COVID-19 are available on the Minnesota Department of Health website. Mental health hotlines provide free support to Minnesotans experiencing mental distress are below. 

  • Minnesota Warmline: Are you an adult needing support? Talk to a specialist who has firsthand experience living with a mental health condition.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The 24/7 lifeline provides support when in distress, has prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and resources for professionals.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: Offers crisis counseling and support if you or a family member is experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster.
  • Peer Support Connection Warmlines: Peer-to-peer telephone support that’s safe and supportive. Open 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

For essential personnel like health care workers and first responders, the Minnesota Psychiatric Society, the Minnesota Psychological Association, the Minnesota Black Psychologists, and Mental Health Minnesota have collaborated to create a free telephone support service accessible at FastTrackerMN.org with psychiatric and mental health services and real-time Substance Use Disorder Treatment program openings.

In response to COVID-19, state agencies have developed and shared resources to support mental well-being as children and families adjust their daily lives to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some of the current resources include:

For parents or caregivers (especially those who have children with special health needs or different abilities) looking to talk to other parents for emotional support or one-on-one help in navigating resources, Minnesota has a number of organizations to help including:

  • Disability Hub MN. Provides free, statewide, information, referral and assistance service to help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses and their representatives connect to community services.
  • Family Voices of Minnesota. A parent-run organization providing information, resources, and peer-to-peer support for families who have children with special health needs or disabilities.
  • PACER. A resource for families of children with disabilities, including parent advocates and staff available to assist families at 952-838-9000 or pacer@pacer.org.
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