Mental Health and Support Resources

The following information is provided to assist parents, guardians, and caregivers as they seek to support their child’s/student’s mental health.

Virtual Events in the Community

Lolling, Scrolling, and Parental Patrolling: Youth and Social Media—January 20, 2022


Non-Emergency Mental Health Option for Children/Adolescents:

PrairieCare Mental Health Screening – Call 952-826-8475


Mental Health Emergency Departments for Children/Adolescents:

West Bank – M Health Fairview Emergency Department612-672-6600 – 2132 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis, MN 55454

Abbott Northwestern Emergency Department – 612-863-5327 – 800 E 28th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407


Metro Area Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Numbers

Hennepin County Crisis Line: 612-348-2233

Carver/Scott County Crisis Line: 952-442-7601

Dakota County Crisis Line: 952-891-7171

Ramsey County Crisis Line: 651-226-7878

Anoka County Crisis Line: 763-755-3801

Washington County Crisis Line: 651-777-5222

Minnesota Crisis Text Line: “Home” to 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor

Suicide Hotlines

National Hope Hotline for Youth Crisis and Suicide: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386  This is crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Mental Health Resources

Child Mind Institute

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy- Therapist Finder

NAMI – National Alliance for Mental Health

ADDitude (ADHD Resources)

International OCD Foundation

Twin Cities OCD Foundation

ATTACh Parent Online Support (Association for the Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children)


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COVID-19 Resources – MACMH


Parent / Caregiver Support Groups

Rogers Behavioral Health in Eden Prairie and St. Paul
Parent and Caregiver Support Group for OCD and Anxiety

  • Eden Prairie Group will take place on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • St. Paul Group will take place on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Those interested in attending may email or call 651-485-5859 to RSVP. After you RSVP, you will receive a link to join the virtual Teams meeting.

Psychology Consultation Specialists offers a monthly ADHD Parent Support Group
This is a virtual support group at this time. Please call 763-559-7050 to reserve your spot. $10/per family. Space is limited.

Mental Health Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations: Anxiety & OCD

Your Child From Anxiety by Tamar Chansky

You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life by Anne Marie Albano PhD

Freeing Your Child From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Tamar Chansky

Talking Back to OCD by John March

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Edna B. Foa & Linda Wasmer Andrews

Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal: A Step-by-Step Guide For Parents by Andrew R. Eisen, Linda B. Engler, & Joshua Sparrow

Talking Back to OCD: The Program that Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way” – and Parents Say “Way to Go” by John March and Christine Benton


Book Recommendations: ADHD

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell Barkley

The Misunderstood Child by Larry B. Silver

The Explosive Child by Ross Greene

Smart but Scattered Teens by Richard Guare, Peg Dawron, Colin, Guare

100 Questions & Answers About Your Child’s ADHD: Preschool to College 2nd Edition by Ruth D. Nass

Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Autism Spectrum, Tourette’s, Anxiety and More!: The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals by Martin K. Kurscher

Attending to the Mental Health of Young Children

The ongoing pandemic and distressing events in the world will continue to take a toll on students. They may have experienced the loss of friends as they move from school or child care to staying safe at home. They may have had loved ones who were sick or lost a job. They may have witnessed violence in person, by listening to others, or watching television. These experiences can cause fears and anxiety. Young children are just learning to express their feelings with accuracy. Because of this, they let you know how they are feeling through their behaviors.

The Effects of Trauma

The website Effects of Trauma: Managing Challenging Behaviors, by Head Start/ECCLKC, provides additional information about children who were exposed to trauma and ways to support them.

Recognizing Trauma

Students may react to stressful situations in one or more of the following ways:

  • Change in regular sleep patterns including nightmares
  • Change in eating habits
  • Becoming clingy, whiny, angry, or sad
  • Physical complaints without illness
  • Fears (of the dark, being alone, or strangers)

3 Levels of Stress

When children experience stress that is excessive and prolonged it can interfere with their developing brains. The Center on the Developing Child describes three levels of stress:

  1. Positive—when stress helps a child learn to cope with challenges.
  2. Tolerable—when a child has a supportive environment and relationships with adults.
  3. Toxic—when stress is prolonged and there is no adult emotionally available for support.


Understanding Stress and Resilience in Children

Children who are more resilient in the face of adversity are better able to cope with negative situations that arise throughout their lives. One critical factor in building a child’s resilience is the presence of adults who support them during hardships.

Relationships with family and community members who provide warmth and support during challenging situations help a child learn strategies for coping. Helping children learn these strategies early can have lifelong impacts.

This video series, also from Head Start, explains how high levels of stress can impact a child’s well-being.