Mental Health Services and Resources

Emergency Assistance

Crisis Connection is available 24 hours a day. Their volunteers are able to conduct crisis counseling and direct the caller to resources that will assist them in the longer term. Their 24 hour number is 612-379-6363.

United Way 2-1-1 (formerly First Call for Help) for resources in the Twin Cities Area on a large variety of issues. You can call by simply dialing 211. This is a 24 hour information line where you can talk directly to volunteers who can direct you to local resources. This is not a crisis line.


The Autism Society of Minnesota website has a huge amount of information about Autism and the resources are local. It is a very important resource for parents who have children with Autism.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support for families who have family members with mental illness. Education and direct support.

CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) provides ADHD support. They have education and support for individuals and families.

National Resource Center on ADHD

The Calm Clinic is a resource for dealing with anxiety disorder.

Sleep Disorders
Sleep problems both cause mental health disorders and also are caused by mental health disorders. Regular sleep is central to mental health. The Tuck website is a great resource for answering almost any question about sleep that you might have.

Adolescent Issues

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women is a great resource for protecting women, adolescents as well as men from harassment through Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc. Although the information is geared to women it is just as valuable to adolescents as well as helping parents learn how they can protect their children.

David Walsh is a renowned expert on adolescent neurobiology. If you really want to know what makes your adolescent tick, then get his book; Why Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.

The Search Institute has conducted research for about 30 years on developmental assets for adolescents. You can go through you these assets and score how many your child has.

Adolescent Sexual behavior has been studied and researched quite heavily. MN Adolescent Sexual Health Report and  MN Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting give statistics on adolescent sexual behavior and resources so you can learn more about adolescent sexual behavior and how you can parent your adolescent on the issue of sex.

Adolescent Bullying is a significant problem. Here is a quick overview of bullying and a great resource for information on bullying.

Adolescent Development is a large and broad topic. This paper by the American Psychological Association gives a great overview of adolescent development.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is an organization that gives education and support to parents of gay children.

The Reach Institute
REACH is a resource for families of children with mental health concerns. Here you will find information on advocating for your child’s mental health needs, figuring out fact from fiction when it comes to child mental health, helpful child mental health websites, and a list of practitioners who have completed REACH training.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:  This is a therapy for trauma that is well researched and highly successful for children and adolescents.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):  This is another therapy that has been thoroughly researched and found to be highly effective is relief of trauma.