There’s help available when you need it.
The following resources and organizations are specially designed to provide more specialized support.
Community Resources Helpline (formerly First Call for Help)
United Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential community helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to resources dealing with:
- Family concerns
- Housing assistance
- Health services
- Legal help
- Child and senior services
- Volunteer opportunities and many more
Dial 2-1-1 or 1.800.543.7709.
Local resource directory (downloadable pdf)
Surviving the Tough Times is a mini-resource directory created by United Way of Central MN that provides a listing of services addressing basic needs for Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright counties. The directory includes:
- Disability resources
- Emergency shelters
- Employment agencies
- Financial assistance and counseling
- Food and housing
- Health and dental care
- Legal services
- Mental health services
- Prescription assistance
ULifeline is an online resource for college students to learn more about protecting your emotional health and what to do if you or a friend are struggling with mental health issues.
Some students simply want to learn strategies that help them better cope with stresses in their lives. A number of self-help resources/brochures are available from college counseling centers across the nation. Click here for virtual brochures. The brochures offer strategies for:
- Alcohol and substance use
- Attention-deficit disorder
- Cultural issues
- Eating disorders
- Sexual assault
- Study skills
- Time management
Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
- Call for yourself or someone you care about
- Free and confidential
- Or click here for more resources
Veteran suicide prevention hotline
Are you a veteran in emotional distress? Call 1.800.273.TALK and press 1 to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Or log on to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.