Youth Resources

Whether you are in need of help in a crisis or ongoing support, help is available. Please consider the following resources to get the help that you need.

Crisis Resources

  • National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • National Textline: Text “MN” to 741741
  • The Trevor Project for LGBTQI teens and young adults: 1-866-488-7386
  • Spanish helpline: 1-877-AYUDESE
  • Korean and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) helpline: 1-877-990-8585

Resources for Ongoing Support

  • MoveFwd serves teens, young people (ages 12-21) who attend school and/or reside in the Eden Prairie, Hopkins, St. Louis Park or Wayzata school districts. All services are free and confidential.
  • provides information on health care, housing, education, employment, transportation, community resources and legal questions.
  • The Joy Project is a non-profit organization providing information, support and advocacy for people with eating disorders.
  • Walk-In Counseling Center offers free, anonymous counseling.

Educational Resources

  • Transitions (Sept. 2016) – Information and resources to assist parents in supporting their young adult with a mental illness. Download, here.
  • Understanding Psychosis – Resources & Recovery (Sept. 2016) – A resource guide to help young people, parents and loved ones understand warning signs and causes of psychosis, advocacy, evidence based treatment practices and supports available to help get young people back to their lives, work and school. Download, here.
  • OK2Talk is a place to share what’s on your mind.
  • offers many resources for teens and young adults on taking charge of their mental health and building strong relationships
  • NAMI Minnesota’s fact sheets about mental illnesses, medications, and other mental health related issues
  • Change to Chill is a website sponsored by Allina Health to help you figure out what stress is, what causes it and how you can manage it.
  • Strength of US is an online community designed to empower young adults. It provides information and support for young adults living with mental illnesses.
  • Never give up, because you matter is a site where 6 bloggers share why they matter, and why you do to.

Plan B

Life doesn’t always go exactly the way you plan. Here are some resources to get you back on track, or keep you there. If you’ve dropped out of high school, are homeless, or need help getting back on track, resources are out there.

The Bridge for Youth: 612-377-8800                                                        

  • 24 hour hotline                                                                        
  • Crisis shelter and counseling
  • Youth, parent, and family counseling
  • Transitional programs
  • Ongoing support services

The Link:  612-871-0748

  • Housing for homeless youth
  • Dropout Prevention

Jeremiah Program: 651-332-5017

  • Provides single mothers and their children with a safe, affordable place to live, quality early childhood education, life skills training, and support for career-track education.

National Runaway Safeline  

  • Their 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. If you’re not ready to call, you can post to our bulletin board, send an email, or start a live chat. It’s anonymous, confidential and free.

Young Adult’s Guide to Housing

  • All you need to know about renting your first apartment

Love is Respect

  • Provides information on how to identify and get out of an abusive relationship for you or a friend
  • Provides help with cyber-bullying
  • Tells you how to safely break off an abusive relationship

Hope Street: 612-204-8211

  • 24 hour hotline
  • Crisis shelter for youth 16-20
  • Case management
  • Life skills training
  • Transitional housing for males 16-20

myHealth: 952-474-3251

  • Low cost or no cost
  • Basic medical care
  • Reproductive health care
  • Mental health counseling

Gateway to College

  • This unique program allows students up to age 21 who have dropped out of high school or who are at risk of dropping out to gain high school and college credits at the same time while attending Hennepin County Technical College.

Minnesota’s Youth Corner

  • Provides a searchable database for resources on employment, housing, money management, legal help, finding a medical or mental health clinic.

Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace makes it easy to apply for and obtain medical insurance. All plans purchased from MNsure must cover mental health and substance abuse treatment. Even if you have a pre-existing health condition, it will still be covered under MNsure. Foster youth have insurance through Medical Assistance until they turn 26. Get answers to your questions here!