The COVID-19 pandemic has created fear and uncertainty in Minnesota and around the world about our safety, health and future which may impact people’s mental health. It is important to remember we are all in this together and we will get through this together. Reach out to someone in need to help them connect in this time of social isolation. Make sure to take care of yourself as well.
If anyone needs help to reduce anxiety and stress in this changing time, the following list of resources has free crisis lines, phone apps, telehealth and in-person mental health resources. Mental health is considered an essential service so most clinics are open and offering teletherapy and/or phone counseling sessions. The links that follow offer more information with tips on how to ease anxiety and stress. Click here for a COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Guide for Teachers and Students.
Read the ATLAS ABE Connect articles, COVID-19 and Stress Management Tips for ABE Teachers and May is Mental Health Month (highlighting virtual fatigue), written by PANDA Manager, Wendy Sweeney, MA, LP.
COVID-19 Health Information and Updates for Minnesota
Refugees and other immigrants can call 651-318-0989 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for information on:
- COVID-19 testing locations
- Food support
- Health care and mental health resources
- Housing and rental assistance
- COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing.
The hotline has staff that can speak Amharic, Anuak, Arabic, French, Hindi, Karen, Lingala, Luganda, Mashi, Oromo, Somali, Spanish and Swahili. Language line help is available for any other language.
Those who call the hotline can also get information about the services offered through Minnesota’s Resettlement Network, which helps refugees and other humanitarian immigrants with schooling, employment, and citizenship. Learn more about the Resettlement Network on the department’s refugee programs webpage.
Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
Energy Assistance Program Facts
- Renters and homeowners are eligible.
- Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
- Grants range from $300 to $1,600, based on household size, income, and fuel cost.
- The average grant is about $550.
- In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisis funds are available to:
- Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery.
- Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced.
How to apply for the Energy Assistance Program
- Households contact their local EAP service provider to apply.
- Households find their EAP provider by calling 1-800-657-3710 and entering their zip code, or on this list of service providers by county or tribe at
- There are 29 local EAP service providers including Community Action Programs, counties, tribal governments and non-profits serve all areas of the state.
Find general EAP information at https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp.
Minnesota COVID-19 Website
Minnesota Department of Health provides situation updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html The Minnesota Department of Health also has pages on the coronavirus in Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and a video of the PSA in American Sign Language and many more informational flyers in several other languages can be found here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/index.html
Minnesota hotlines available to answer specific questions:
Free on demand course on Mental Health During COVID-19.
Health Questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. This hotline is staffed by the Minnesota Department of Health and will be operating from 7 am – 7 pm. Language interpreters are available upon calling both hotlines.
National Alliance of Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI)
Free online mental health support groups and classes.
Star Tribune Article
‘One day at a time’: To weather pandemic, learn how to bounce back.
YMCA – Local Resources to Support Youth and Families
Provides local contacts for food, housing, healthcare, childcare, mental health, safety, well-being, immigrant/refugee support and physical fitness. Available in the following languages:
Somali YMCA Community Response Center Resources
Spanish YMCA Community Response Center Resources
Hmong YMCA Community Response Center Resources
English YMCA Community Response Center Resources
Other helpful links to articles about mental health during COVID-19
American Psychological Association
Finding mental health resources during the COVID crisis:
Grief and COVID-19: Mourning our bygone lives.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
Need someone to talk to? 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support.
Stress and Coping from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Virtual Calming Room
Sometimes life gets challenging or overwhelming. The Calming Room helps students and staff explore strategies to deal with those challenges. When you are out in the world and there isn’t a calming room, here are some resources to help you find new ways to manage life and emotions. Desktop and mobile friendly.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters.
Other Mental Health Resources
In Minnesota, the county is responsible for providing public mental health services. The Licensing Division of the Department of Human Services provides a list of mental health centers and clinics that provide low cost/sliding fee services throughout the state.
Click here to find programs and services available in Minnesota. This site also provides a link to mental health emergency services and mental health crisis response phone numbers, listed by county.
United Way – First Call for Help
It’s free, confidential and available 24/7. Multi-lingual access available for over 100 languages including Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Russian. Trained information specialists and volunteers can connect you to community resources.
Dial 211 or call:
Free, low-cost or sliding scale clinics in Minnesota.
BEAM – Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective is a website for locating black therapists who provide online therapy.
Casa de Esperanza
Based in St. Paul, Casa de Esperanza has provided safety, support, education and opportunities to the local community for over 30 years. Use this searchable community resource to connect with organizations in Minnesota that can help with a wide range of challenges from mental health, domestic violence, employment, daycare, clothing assistance and more.
Center for Africans Now in America
A team of cross-cultural mental health professionals specializing in providing culturally sensitive mental health services to multiple cultural groups. They have interpreters available in several languages. Offers services on a sliding fee basis.
6000 Bass Lake Road #206
Center for Victims of Torture
Advocates for the protection of torture and war survivors.
649 Dayton Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Change to Chill
Two, five and ten minute activities will help you stress less when you have limited time.
CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio)
Offers individual and family counseling and support groups for the Latino population. They provide diagnostic assessments, youth case management, a sexual assault program, and community outreach and advocacy.
24 hour crisis line: (612) 379-6363
Community-University Healthcare Clinic
This mental health clinic provides translators in the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Hmong, Cambodian. They provide both medical and mental health services. Sliding fee scale available. No one is turned away based on inability to pay.
2001 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55404
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention and mental health crisis services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the person texting to local resources.
Culture Care Connection
Has information on cultures (many that live in Minnesota) and their history, health, religious and mental health beliefs.
Cultural Therapy Specialists
Minnesota Psychological Association has compiled a list of mental health professionals that work with several cultures. Find the list on their website.
Fairview Behavioral Health
The Family Partnership
Other locations also available. Sliding fee scale available. Provides services in English, Spanish and Hmong. Counseling for families and individuals.
(612) 728-2061 English
(612) 728-2089 Español
(763) 569-2625 Hmoob
Mental health assessment and treatment for adults, particularly the under-served and those who are unable to afford the full cost of care.
Hennepin County Adult Mental Health Services
Provides a list of crisis numbers and free or sliding fee mental health clinics for adults in Hennepin County.
Hope in a Hopeless World
A peer-led mental health organization that offers hope through local support groups, online blog, and community outreach events. It is our belief that your mental illness doesn’t define you, and healing can be found in connecting with others.
Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Inc.
Provides behavioral health, dental services, family health, family planning, mental health, primary health care, social services and substance abuse services.
Indian Health Services
To find an Indian Health Service, tribal or Urban Indian Health Program facility, you can go to the following site to find behavioral health facilitites by location.
If we all talk more about mental illnesses, we’ll understand more. When we understand more, we’ll make it ok. Common conditions, what to say, stories, resources, videos and ads.
Managing Stress to Improve Learning – World Education
To equip learners in adult basic education programs with strategies for managing a high level of chronic stress that interferes with effective learning and the ability to reach life improvement goals for themselves and their families.
Mental Health Minnesota
Has a team of trained and certified peer specialists who have first hand experience living with a mental health condition answer their warmline. Call (877) 404-3190 or text ‘Support’ to 85511.
Minnesota Department of Health
Health Resources Directory for Diverse Cultural Communities. Provides health and mental health service providers for refugees and immigrants throughout the state. Many offer low cost care options such as reduced fees for sliding fees.
MORE Mental Health Program
Participants are supported in managing life’s myriad of issues and complexities. Especially important is helping access and/or maintain resources that promote financial stability and overall well being.
96 E. Wheelock Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55117
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota
Offers education, support and advocacy. There is a list of support groups and classes about various mental health challenges on their website.
For handouts about specific mental health challenges, go to: http://www.namihelps.org/education/fact-sheets.html
Neighborhood Health Care Network
Provides information on community clinics with sliding fee scales and flexible payment schedules for people without health insurance. Most community clinics offer case management services to connect people with social and economic safety net resources. Also has on-call interpreters.
North Psychology Clinic
This clinic is staffed by several psychologists experienced in assessing and treating symptoms of ADHD and psychologists experienced in treating anxiety and depression among recent refugees.
5615 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Northpoint Health and Wellness Center
A multi-specialty medical, dental and mental health center and human service agency located. Provides services to uninsured individuals, including eye exams.
1313 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Safe Zone Project
Free online resource about the LGBTQ+ community. Provides curriculum, activities, and other resources for educators.
SEED (Supportive Experiential Education)
Through the St. Paul Public Schools – offers community education classes that support mental health needs and lifelong learning of adults.
2780 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55116
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
Find substance treatment and other mental health resources.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline (National)
Supports 24/7 free and confidential support for anybody in distress. Tele-interpreter service supports over 150 languages.
En Español (888) 628-9454
Deaf and Hard of Hearing TTY (800) 799-4889
The Trevor Project is the nation’s only 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13 to 24.
Call for access to shelters and other resources for those who are in domestic abuse situations.
Counseling, support groups, anger management, domestic violence, etc.
432 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Crisis hotline: (612) 825-0000
The Union Gospel Mission
Twin Cities Health and Wellness Center
Mental Health services include individual and group counseling, intelligence, learning, neuro-cognitive and personality testing, and medication management.
A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support and resources they need to survive and thrive.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Provides information on mental health issues by ‘topic’.
Veterans Crisis Line
Connects veterans in crisis with Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential 24/7 lifeline. 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
Walk-In Counseling Center
Free crisis and short term counseling for individuals, couples and families. Limited hours, first come, first served basis. Donations encouraged.
2421 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Watercourse Counseling Center
Offers sliding fee mental health services. Services are available in Spanish, Somali, Oromo and Amharic. Located in Minneapolis.
Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder.
Also see ELL Applications in the Mental Health Section for additional resources.
Yes I Can
A Mental Health Guide for Adult Literacy Facilitators
Statewide Resource Locations
Bemidji Area Mental Health Resources
PDF – http://hopehousebemidji.org/index_htm_files/Mental%20Health%20Resources%20for%20Adults%20in%20Bemidji.pdf
Cedar House, Inc.
Offices in Albert Lea, Austin, Faribault, Jordan, Northfield and Waconia. Outpatient community based mental health services.
Central Minnesota Mental Health Center
Has clinics in Buffalo, Monticello, Elk River has St Cloud. Interpreters available. Also offer crisis response line 24/7at 800-635-8008.
Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota
Offices in St Peter, LeSueur and Mankato.
Fairbault – Adult Mental Health Community Support Program
Resource center and supportive service for mental health consumers.
212 Central Avenue North, Unit B
Faribault, MN, 55021-5213
Fairmont – Adult Mental Health Community Support Program
Drop-in center where adults meet other adults, most of whom struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders.
104 E 5th Street
Fairmont, MN, 56031-2701
Gaylord – Adult Mental Health Community Support Program
Drop-in recreational center serving persons who are diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.
212 3rd St, Gaylord, MN, 55334-2288
Grand Rapids/Hibbing – Lakeview Behavioral Health
Hutchinson Mental Health Clinic
They have a 24-hour crisis line at (320) 484-4585
Clinic phone: (320) 484-4610
Le Center – Adult Mental Health Community Support Program
Offers a variety of groups, activities, resources, and support to people with persistent mental illness.
181 W Minnesota Street
Le Center, MN, 56057-1205
Northern Pines Mental Health Center
Has clinics in Brainerd, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Staples, Wadena, Aitkin, Pine River and Onamia. Full range mental health services including mobile crisis and provides reduced or no-fee services based on sliding fee scale.
Range Mental Health Center – Virginia
Sioux Trails Mental Health Center
Culturally sensitive mental health providers offer outpatient, medication and tele mental health services. Offices are located in New Ulm, St Peter, Mankato, Gaylord and St James. Call 1-800-247-2809 for appointment. 24 hour crisis line: 800-247-2809.
St. James – Adult Mental Health Resource Center
A community based program serving consumers with serious persistent mental illness.
1510 7th Avenue South
St. James, MN, 56081-2435
Provides sliding fee scale mental health services in the following counties: Chippewa, Big Stone, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, and Swift. Has interpreters. Main office is in Willmar.
320-235-4615 or 800-992-1716
Also provide 24/7 crisis line at 800-432-8781
North Dakota State College of Science – Safe Zone
A place for everyone. Designed to educate people about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression issues.
Prairie St. John’s
Fully-licensed and accredited facility offering services for children, adolescents and adults to address mental health issues, substance use addiction or co-occurring disorders.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Northwest Wisconsin
Polk, Burnett and St. Croix Counties