Mental Health Resources
Our members have a huge range of mental health needs, and we don't think we could begin to tap into the major resources out there to help members to address mental health. The list of resources below are meant to be a starting point for members to know where to go for mental health resources in town and online.
You may not know this, but many health insurance providers in Minnesota now cover a certain amount of therapy or counseling services. Please check in with your insurance and see if you can find mental health resources that are covered in your network. You may want to find a therapist on the Psychology Today website. Search for practitioners by geographic location or by specialty area.
If your insurance doesn't cover counseling/therapy services then please check out the Allina Partners Care plan. Allina Partners Care Program, established to assist patients who do not qualify for Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care (MN) or BadgerCare (WI) and whose annual incomes are at or below 275 percent of the federal poverty level. One CTEP Member who signed up for this told staff: "I applied back in April and was approved within a month and have been seeking mental health and general practitioner help at no cost to me since then." Here is the application. It requires:
- copy of current insurance card, if you have one
- clear photocopies of bank statements, stocks/bonds, CDs, money market accounts
- a complete monthly statement. It must include your name, institution name, all transactions, a current balance and a date
- copies of the 2 most recent pay stubs or employer statement listing 2 months of pay (if employed)
- previous year’s federal tax return
EMERGENCY SERVICE AND WALK-IN CLINICS
If things ever seem so bad that you fear harming yourself or others, or you simply must talk to a professional immediately, there are several walk-in clinics at any nearby hospital. Some members have benefitted from a walk-in counseling resource in the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Crisis Hot-lines: Many hospitals and clinics offer walk in counseling throughout the Twin Cities, but if those are not available and you need to talk to someone immediately, you may call any number of hot-lines.
There are some notable community clinics that are accustomed to working with Medical Assistance or other various insurance options and provide mental health services. In Minneapolis these include: Whittier Clinic & Northpoint Health and Wellness Center. In St. Paul United Family Medicine is another good option.
There are scores of ways to bring breathing and meditation into your life. Plenty of Yoga studios and other spiritual centers around the Twin Cities integrate or teach mediation. However, if you would like some resources to help your practice meditation at home here are a few resources from leaders in the field:
- Jon Kabat-Zinn is the father of the Mindfulness Stress Reduction field of meditation. Here is a link on Amazon to his most popular CD of guided meditations. Also available for free on YouTube.
- Rod Stryker : Yoga Nidra Guided Meditations can be done laying down before falling asleep.
GETTING THROUGH AMERICORPS
National Service Stress Survival Guide
Provides facilitator guide and training materials to help national service programs combat stress. Group and individual exercises provide opportunities for self-assessment, reflection, and educational interaction. Includes handouts, self-tests, stress-reducing exercises, a resource list for participants, and a brief section called Getting Things Done Without Burning Out.
The 5 Stages of AmeriCorps
Remember, that you are probably dealing with struggles that many other AmeriCorps members are going through, and while your struggles are unique, those struggles may be peaking at the same time as other members.
MANAGING WORKPLACE STRESS
There's no quick fix to managing anxiety or stress in the workplace, but these two very short articles from the Mayo Clinic that address: Coping with Stress: Managing Anxiety in the Workplace & how to recognize and what to do about job burn out.
Compassion fatigue, or the gradual loss of compassion over time, can be likened to burn out. If you are already feeling burned out (or would like to offer this to your organization) you may want to check out the Compassion Fatigue Workbook. Get a couple of training hours for it (first reach out to CTEP staff) and feel free to do send CTEP staff a private reflection if you would prefer not to post a public reflection.
Everyone’s service year can be stressful. However, if you have struggled with alcoholism in the past, or currently do, you may want to use the Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Locator to find support near you. There are a whole range of additional resources and programs in the Twin Cities.