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General Mental Health Information

Mental Help - A website that provides information on mental disorders, general wellness and mental health advocacy. Click on 'Disorders and Issues' to read about specific mental health diagnoses.

Mental Health Crisis Information

Crisis Response for Children & Teens - Crisis hotline that provides over the phone as well as in person support (if needed). This phone number can be used any time a young person (under 18) is struggling with depression, seems out of control, or is at risk of hurting themselves or others. Support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Phone number: 651-774-7000

Teen Line - Crisis Text Message Support - A confidential telephone helpline for teenage callers. Available every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST and is toll-free from anywhere in California. Teens can talk or text with another teen who has been trained to take calls. Phone number: 310-855-HOPE(4673) Text support: text “TEEN” to 839863. TEEN LINE also offers message boards, resources and information.

Urgent Care for Adult Mental Health - Provides crisis support services for adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Urgent Care provides phone support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and provides walk-in crisis mental health appointments in St Paul, MN (see website for location, hours, etc.). The walk-in clinic can be used as an alternative to the emergency room at your local hospital. The walk-in clinic is not to be used for medical (non-psychiatric) emergencies. Phone number: 651-266-7900

Crisis Connection  - Provides crisis phone support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Also provides and crisis text support for teens. Phone number: 612-379-6363 or toll free at 1-866-379-6363

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - A national hotline that provides crisis phone and online chat services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Phone number: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Canvas Health's Crisis Response Team - Canvas Health's 24-hour crisis response team provides mental health phone support as well as in-home crisis assessment. HSI also provides extensive mental health assessment, resources, and support: 651-777-5222  

Veteran’s Crisis Line –  Connects Vets in mental health crisis and their families and friends with Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. 

Get Help/Prevent Child Abuse - The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4-A-CHILD). Hotline dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

Health Services

Al-Anon and Alateen in the Twin Cities - Support for individuals dealing with the effects of alcoholism.

United Way First Call for Help - This confidential help line can connect people to a variety of
community resources (from legal assistance to child care). Phone: 211 or 800-543-7709 or
651.291.0211 (cell phone users).

St. Mary’s Health Clinic - Provides free medical care for individuals in the seven county Metro area.
Clinic sees people of all ages and does not see individuals for pre-natal, mental health, dental, or
emergency care. Please call to make appointment and to determine eligibility: 651.287.7777

Family Tree Clinic - Family Tree Clinic serves any teens and adults who need reproductive and sexual health care services. They serve people who are uninsured and underinsured and provide a variety of testing services as well as routine examinations. Located across the street from Sentier Psychotherapy!

The Emily Program - Personalized treatment for individuals dealing with an eating disorder: 651.645.5323 or 1.888.EMILY77  

Domestic violence shelter and supportive services: 
Tubman Family Alliance 
East Metro Women’s Council

Native American Community Clinic - A Minneapolis clinic that provides physical health (prenatal, general medical care, diabetes care), mental health, and dental care for adults and children. Also a great resource for various types of testing and screening, as well as nutrition/wellness/fitness programming and resources. This agency specializes in Native American/First Nations individuals and works with all individuals, regardless of ability to pay.

Wellness & Activities

Give Your Community Better Health – Food and Mental Health - Ron Finley establishes gardens in South Central LA, which is a “food desert.” He is changing the composition, health, and mental health of this community in need. You can also do this in your community. Please watch the TED talk to better understand what Finley is doing in his community.

Health/Wellness Information & Games - Information (and print-outs) for parents about how to create a home that meets the nutrition and health needs of today’s kids. Information and interactive games for kids/tweens about how to incorporate nutrition and healthy living into today’s fast-paced, fast-food world.

Health/Wellness for Girls - Wellness information for tween/teen girls. Includes information about body, fitness, nutrition, illness/disability, drugs/alcohol, feelings, relationships, bullying, safety, and the environment.

How to Talk with your Kid/Tween about Weight Issues - A conversation guide that offers parents “real-world” situations and plain language responses to questions about weight issues including understanding BMI, cultural differences, body image, bullying, weight bias and family obesity.

Common Ground Meditation classes for kids/adolescents/teens in MN - A local meditation center (in Minneapolis) that offers free classes to teach the wonderful skill of mindfulness to people of all ages. Please check out their website for other classes and programs.

Navigators USA (All-Inclusive Group that is similar to Boy Scouts) - Scouting experience for kids of all genders, races, religions, economic status’, sexual orientations and social backgrounds. Local Chapter in Minneapolis. Please contact Christopher Johnstone (Chapter leader) at john4810@umn.edu for more information.

Co-op Directory - Find co-ops that are located near you at home, when you travel, etc. Buy better food (often more expensive) and eat less.

“Fresh” Teaching Resources for Kids/Teens, Teachers, and Parents - Extensive food resources and teaching materials aimed to improve the health/nutrition of families and classrooms. Printable lesson plans, shopping guides, and other great visuals for kids and families to use for learning.

Parenting

Parenting Help - Information for parents about physical, emotional, and behavioral topics ranging from child development to allowance tips. Includes information about nutrition, mental health, and how to keep kids safe. All material is reviewed by pediatricians.

Articles About Parenting written by Parents - A multi-author website providing parenting advice, tips, and stories from real parents.  Information from parents around the globe. Goal of website is to help foster better parenting practices.

St. Paul Support Group for Parents of Teens with ADHD/ADD - Monthly meeting for parents of teens with ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Meeting is two hours in length and starts with a professional presentation. After presentation, parents break into small discussion groups to exchange ideas, thoughts, and struggles. Support provided by other parents and professionals. Library and resources available on-site. Group is sponsored by School District 622 and PrairieCare.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) - A website dedicated to empowering families of “gifted” kids/teens. This website has great and extensive resource lists!

How to Talk with your Kid/Tween about Weight Issues - A conversation guide that offers parents “real-world” situations and plain language responses to questions about weight issues including understanding BMI, cultural differences, body image, bullying, weight bias and family obesity.

Can Pornography Use Cause Early Onset Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men? - Parents need to talk with boys about pornography. This Dr. Oz clip (there are three parts to this series) discusses the long-term impact that pornography use can have on young men. Pornography use at a young age can lead to erectile dysfunction in a young man's 20's and 30's (as well as many relational problems, etc.). Good resource for parents. 

Answer Sex Ed Honestly - Information, online training, and resources about sex and sexuality for teens and parents of teens. Many great resources, including information (and book recommendations) to help parents with the sex talk(s) that need to take place with teens!

Recommended Reading for Couples

Teenagers

Teen Phone/Text Help Line - A hotline that is run by teens who are trained to listen to other teens in need. Teens can call or text with other teenagers about mental health issues (depression, loneliness, anxiety, suicide, homelessness, AIDS, family problems, etc.). Only available during evening hours.

OnYourMind.net - Support for teens by teens. Online chatting and phone support available during school year. Site is run by teens; services are free. 

The Canvas - The Canvas is an arts-based teen center developed by youth in Saint Paul. Located at the Hancock Recreation Center (on the corner of Snelling and Hubbard). Workshops on dance, rapping, spoken-word, photography, fiction, and more!

Online Homework Help - Online resources and homework help for Ramsey County teens. Live help available online from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

Suicide Prevention Collaborative - East Metro suicide prevention group that Sentier Psychotherapy's owner, Megan Sigmon-Olsen, cofounded. 

Information, tools and resources about mental health diagnoses, cyberbullying, relationships, how to help friends in need, suicide and other important topics for young adults. Free music, e-cards and quizzes available.

Kids/Teens Health - Information for kids and teens about physical, emotional health topics. Includes information about development, nutrition, drugs/alcohol, as well as games and articles about health-related topics. All material is reviewed by pediatricians.

Homework Help for Teens - A comprehensive reference website that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs. This website’s search engine allows you to search all these sources at once.

Outward Bound Adventure Programs - Challenge and discovery are used to help teens look within themselves to self-discover. Variety of in-state (Minnesota) and out-of-state adventure programs to help teens with a variety of life challenges (grief and loss, isolation and social/relational stress, leadership, self-discovery, etc.). Many wonderful opportunities for teens!

Sex, etc. - Information for teens about sex, sexual health, how to talk to parents about sex, and other useful tools. Great place for teens to get answers about sex. Parents: Teens are looking for the information, anyway! This is a great place for them to get answers!

Recommended Reading for Teens

LGBTQ/GLBT

Affordable Colleges Website - Choosing a college is a daunting task for any first-time student, but for LGBTQ students, it can be downright terrifying. A whopping 13.4% of LGBT high school students who report frequent verbal harassment plan on not attending college, and 20% of all currently enrolled college students report fearing for their physical safety due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. In response, many universities are taking steps to fight back for their most vulnerable students, but understanding what to look for in a school is still difficult, which is why we created our guide to college for LGBTQ students.

The Family Acceptance Project’s (FAP) research about best outcomes for LGBTQ youth - FAP has found that youth who are accepted by their families are at significantly lower risk of suicidality, depression, HIV, drug use, and mental illness. This booklet educates families about how powerful their acceptance of their LGBTQ family member really is. This research is a “best practice” to combat suicide among youth.

Reclaim - Mental health services for LGBTQ youth. This is a great agency that provides low-cost services for ALL GLBT youth. Services provided: Individual counseling, family counseling, teen support groups, family support groups, integrative health services (acupuncture, chiropractic care, nutrition, massage, energy balancing), smoking cessation group, and outreach services. I (Megan) have met the director of this great nonprofit agency (Janet Bystrom) and she is fabulous.

Out and Equal - A website dedicated to making the workplace equal for LGBTQ individuals. Many helpful resources, trainings, information and interactive maps.

It Gets Better Project – A website dedicated to show LGBT people that life can get better if they can just get through their teen years.

Trevor Project – Organization that provides crisis services (phone support) and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth.

TrevorSpace - A social networking site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13 through 24 (as wells as friends and allies).

PFLAG (Parents and Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – A non-profit organization that aims to provide support for parents, families, and friends of individuals who are LGBTQ. Also provides support services for individuals who are LGBTQ. Support groups offered all over the world.

Navigators USA (All-Inclusive Group that is similar to Boy Scouts) - Scouting experience for kids of all genders, races, religions, economic status’, sexual orientations and social backgrounds. Local Chapter in Minneapolis. Please contact Christopher Johnstone (Chapter leader) at john4810@umn.edu for more information.

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Parenting Books:

Book - Parenting, How to talk

How to Talk so Kids will Listen

Book - How to Talk to Teens

How to Talk so Teens will Listen

Book - Parenting out of control Teenager

Parenting your Out of Control Teenager

Book - Parenting, making Divorce easier

Making Divorce easier on your Child

Book - Parenting, teach kids moral intelligence

Teaching Kids Moral Intelligence

Book - Parenting, Don't give me Attitude

Don’t Give me that Attitude

A Journal for Tween/Teen Girls and their Moms

Book - The Highly Sensitive Child

The Highly Sensitive Child

Raise Girls Self Esteem

How to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem

Freeing your Child from thinking negative

Freeing your Child from Thinking Negative