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Mental Health

Information for Anyone:

MN Department of Health- Supporting Mental Well-being During COVID-19

Mental Health America – Mental health information on an extensive list of topics. (6 pages)

Mental Health Minnesota (2 pages) – Mental health information from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (6 pages)

MN Association for Children's Mental Health – Mental health resources by topic. (4 pages)

NAMI Booklet – NAMI Educational Fact Sheets on mental health topics and issues.

National Center for Access Unlimited – Ten Commandments of Interacting with People with Mental Health Disabilities (2 pages)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – NIMH, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), research on mental health. (2 pages)

Psychology Today – Article on strategies for communicating effectively with people with mental illness. (7 pages)

TED Talks – A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of mental health. (24 videos; 6 hours, 11 minutes total) 


For Librarians: 

ASCLA Tips and Resource List – Tips and resources to better serve patrons with mental health issues. (2 pages)

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library - Resources from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (scroll down for 57 minute video)

Healthy Day Article – Tips for librarians on protecting themselves against patrons who are troubled or violent. (4 pages)

Mental Illness in the Library – 10 tips for improving services to and relationships with patrons with mental illness. (4 pages)


Video series by the California State Library:

Mental Health Initiative Video Series (53:26)

Establishing a Positive Staff Culture Around Mental Health (6:31)

The Do's and Don'ts of Interacting with Patrons Affected by Mental Illness (15:43)

How to Establish Positive Relationships with Disruptive Patrons (12:14)

Exploring Compassion Fatigue (7:48)

Successfully Addressing Customer Complaints About Patrons Affected by Mental Illness (7:15)


Finding Help:

Mental Health First Aid – support and resources for people with mental health or substance use problems.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   National network of local crisis centers providing free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

United Way 2-1-1 – Search a database of contact information for organizations and agencies offering mental health help in Minnesota as well as other health and human services. (5 pages)


County Crisis Lines:

Anoka County Crisis Line – 763-755-3801 (2 pages)

Carver County Crisis Line – 952-442-7601 (1 page)

Dakota County Crisis Line – 952-891-7171 (2 pages)

Hennepin County Crisis Line – 612-596-1223 (adults) 612-348-2233 (children) (6 pages)

Ramsey County Crisis Line – 651-266-7900 (adults) 651-266-4500 (children) (1 page)

Scott County Crisis Line – 952-442-7601 (1 page)