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Children's mental health how to get help

A pediatrician or family practice provider is often the first stop for families seeking help because of a child's behavior, mood or other symptoms. The clinician may offer help themselves or they may refer the child to programs or services.

Crisis services are available all day and every day, 24/7, for children and youth having a psychiatric or mental health crisis. See the directory for mental health crisis phone numbers listing all crisis providers in Minnesota by county. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number: 800-273-TALK (8255).

TXT4Life is a text message suicide prevention program available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Text "Life" to 61222 to receive crisis counseling and connections to local community resources.

If you have questions about eligibility, contact your child's local county agency or tribe or the Minnesota Health Care Programs Member Help Desk. If your child is enrolled in a health plan and you have questions about coverage for services, call that health plan's member services.

A Roadmap to Behavioral Health is a resource with information about mental health and substance use disorder services, including definitions of behavioral health terms and guidance on how to find a behavioral health services provider, receive treatment, and obtain follow-up care.

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