Unrecognized and untreated mental and chemical health conditions can disrupt development across the lifespan, social connections, family life, education, employment and economic stability, and full community participation. Early intervention and support for families can prevent child and parent mental and chemical health problems and promote overall health and resiliency at all stages of life. When left untreated, mental and chemical health conditions can worsen and become disabling or less amenable to treatment.
Convening with community partners with expertise in mental health services will be integral to achieving progress regarding the issues around mental health awareness, understanding and services provided in the community. Through Collective Action of this Collaborative a mental health task force was created to further define the issues identified and develop strategies which will result in more healthful living.
Help is available now!
Crisis services are available 24/7 if you or someone you care about is having a mental health crisis.
Crisis Text Line: Text “MN” to 741 741
- Free help for people across Minnesota who are having a mental health crisis or are contemplating suicide.
Call **CRISIS (274747)
- In the Twin Cities metro area, call **CRISIS (274747) from a cell phone to talk to a team of professionals who can help you.
- Outside of the Twin Cities, see the directory for mental health crisis phone numbers in Minnesota by county.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
provides 24/7, offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. (1-800-273-8255).
**This website shows all of the Mental Health Crisis lines in the state: MN Gov Website
NAMI MN and Suicide Prevention Classes and Resources
NAMI Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health Suicide Prevention provides free classes on an on-going basis that address many aspects of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Mental Health First Aid
The task force received funding from the Medical Reserve Corp to work on Mental Health First Aid training.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
Staff from MMS CHS are currently working to train agencies and community members. Some agencies that will be trained are:
- Public Health Staff
- School Staff
- Law Enforcement
Mental Health First Aid: From a phone call to a movement video explains more.
Ask a question, save a life! QPR trainings are being offered across Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Counties.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life form suicide. Just as people train in First aid Hamilton about CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help to save thousands of people each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
It is the most widely taught gatekeeper training in the United States that teaches best practices in suicide prevention. QPR is included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based practices and programs.
QPR gatekeeper training is intended for community members 16 years & older and professionals including healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement, educators, clergy, bankers, lawyers, and more!
Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities
Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services is working to address Adverse Childhood Experiences are the most powerful determinant of the Public’s Health. Adverse Childhood Experience is a public health disaster. Until very recently, this public health disaster has been hidden from view. Our society has treated the abuse, maltreatment, violence, and chaotic experiences of our children as an oddity that is adequately dealt with by emergency response systems—child protective services, criminal justice, foster care, and alternative schools—to name a few. These services are needed and are worthy of support—but they are a dressing on a greater wound.
The prevalence of ACEs in Minnesota—they are common—they are endemic. The biologic impact of Adverse Childhood Experience transcends the traditional boundaries of health and human service systems. The impact is enormous. The public health impact of ACEs can now only be ignored as a matter of conscious choice.
The first step toward healing comes with understanding the problem. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings represent a paradigm shift in human understanding of the origins of physical, social, mental, and societal health and well-being. We now know that leading causes of disease and disability, learning and productivity problems, and early death have their roots in the cumulative neurodevelopmental impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services has staff trained in the ACE Interface curriculum. Our trainers can provide the Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities presentation. This presentation can provide your agency information about the ACE study, along with neurobiology that explains why ACEs impact people’s lives, and what we can all do to dramatically improve health and resilience for this and future generations.
Make it Ok
Together, we can Make It OK. Together, we can all work to reduce the stigma. This campaign along with the education being offered across our communities will help guide people on how to talk about mental health.
Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities will be providing educational materials and a media toolkit to our partners around mental health, the Make It Ok program and how we can learn to talk to each other about our mental health.
- Listen to a podcast. There are many comedians and comedy writers who have battled depression in their lives. The Hilarious World of Depression, sponsored by Make It OK, looks at depression through the eyes of eight comedians. Host John Moe and the comedians he talks to use humor as way to start a conversation to help end the stigma of mental illness. You can find these at Make it ok website under the podcast tabs.
- TPT and Make It OK have worked together to bring programming about Minnesotans from all walks of life to talk with candor and humor about mental illness. Mental illness has long been shrouded in secrecy and embarrassment and it’s time to break the stigma and talk about what each of us can do to “Make It OK”. Visit the TPT website to watch an episode or two.
- Watch for billboards in Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Counties between February 2018 and July 2018. Take a look at the Make It Ok brochure (pdf). To learn more about the Make It Ok campaign, visit the Make it ok website.