Anxiety, stress, and depression come up in different ways with every group of teens I work with at the Walker, every single year. It’s normal; people in their teen years are dealing with a lot and being pulled in many different directions. Among other things, I stress the importance of rest, eating full meals, drinking water, and being honest about your capacity to take on assignments (no one likes a half-stepper), and overall practicing self care so you can continue to work on what you are passionate about as well as the things you just have to get done.
These are complex and turbulent times. They always been, but because of the recent election, these feelings are amplified for many youth (adults too), and it feels like we have arrived in a new place in some ways. Or maybe we are in the same place, and now just fully exposed. As the Walker’s Teen Programs Coordinator, I work with 13 youth that have many intersecting identities. Most are youth of color, and many are Muslim, have parents who immigrated to the US, define as LGBTQ, and/or are young women. A recent exercise with members of WACTAC (the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council) underscored how youth today are experiencing increased anxiety and stress in relation to the election. Each wrote three or more sticky notes in response to the prompt: How are you feeling after the election? Many young people are worried their rights are going to be severely diminished or taken away entirely. They are unsure about how this election will impact their families and friends. They worry how hateful words, physical and mental violence, and discriminatory policies will impact those they care about and themselves directly.
I write all of this knowing that as a cis white man, this election will affect me in lesser ways. I find no comfort in that fact. I know the mistreatment and abuse of people has a damaging affect on all of us and that we are better and stronger together. I want to live in a world that is equitable, empathetic, and understanding that our differences give us both individual and collective power.
In the spirit of fostering a community of support, wellness, and understanding, Walker Teen Programs, in partnership with youth workers in our community, has created a list of mental health resources for youth in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to see the resource list or download a printable version of it. Please use the resources or share them in whatever ways makes sense.
Twin Cities Mental Health Resources
Avenues for Homeless Youth provides “emergency shelter, short-term housing, and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.”
Minneapolis Avenues: 1708 Oak Park Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411, 612.522.1690 x1
Brooklyn Park Avenues: 7210 76th Ave N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, 612.522.1690 x2
GLBT Host Home Program: 612.844.2006
Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Programs: 612.844.2014
Bridge for Youth. “From the moment you arrive at The Bridge for Youth, you decide what happens. You’re welcomed as you are, for who you are. If you want to talk, we listen. Without interrupting. Without judging. If you’re hungry, you can get something to eat. If you’re tired, you have a place to sleep. If you’re up to it, we get to know you better. And together, we figure out what’s next. When you’re ready. If you’re LGBTQ and between the ages of 10 and 17, you’re welcome at The Bridge.”
1111 West 22nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405, 612.230.6601
3010 West 78th Street Chanhassen, MN 55331, 612.230.6601
Face to Face “empowers youth to overcome barriers and strive toward healthy and self-sufficient lives.”
Health Clinic: 1165 Arcade Street Saint Paul MN 55106, 651.772.5555
SafeZone Drop-In Center: 130 East 7th Street Saint Paul MN 55101, 651.224.9644
Family Tree Clinic. “We believe each individual person—everybody—is deserving of not only high quality and affordable services, but also of affirming, individualized and respectful care. It’s what people should expect from their health care providers. And that’s exactly what we deliver. Through our clinic services, community education program and services for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community, we’re working towards a healthier community and ultimately, a healthier you.”
1619 Dayton Ave #205 St. Paul, MN 55104, 651.645.0478
The Icarus Project is a “support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. We transform ourselves through transforming the world around us.”
Julie Jong Koch at Watercourse Counseling Center
Specialization in: Abuse & Neglect in Childhood, Adolescents, Adoption, Anxiety, Attachment, Disorders, Domestic Abuse, Children, Cross Cultural/Multi-Racial Issues, Depression/Mood, Disorders, LGBT Issues/Gender Identity, Shame, Trauma, Women’s Issues
3548 Bryant Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Julie also is available to meet at South High School), 612.822.8227, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kente Circle supports you and your growth through recognition and affirmation of communal faith, health and genius. We provide quality professional therapy services for individuals, couples, and families while embracing community and diversity. Our therapists will help you and your family to combat the myths that prevent health and healing, working from a strength-based perspective.
345 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409, 612.243.1600
Melanie Alford. “I have experience working with individuals and families in a variety of settings for over ten years. I am especially interested in helping people who are dealing with issues in the following areas: new onset and/or chronic disease or disability; experiences of physical and sexual trauma; relationship difficulties; depression, anxiety and anger. I specialize in working with individuals from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-conforming gender communities. As a sex-positive practitioner, I enjoy helping individuals and/or couples who are exploring their sexual and relationship practices.”
The Shenandoah Building: 4749 Chicago Ave South #2D, 612.246.6689
MoveFwd works to “bring families together. Formerly Teens Alone, MoveFwd counselors have worked with more than 7,000 young people and their families since 1990. Our first goal is always to find a way for young people and their families to reconcile. Our counselors work with young people, their parents and their schools to find solutions for families to live together and kids to stay in school. Sometimes, however, the safest thing is to find other housing options for them, and sometimes young people are already homeless when they find their way to Move Fwd. While homelessness is a daunting and growing problem for our young people in the western suburbs, we know from experience that the safety net MoveFwd staff provides empowers them to stay in school and stay connected to their community.”
Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Room 237 Hopkins, MN 55305, 952.988.8336
RECLAIM “works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. We offer therapy for youth and families, training for practitioners, and community partnerships for social change at the intersection of gender and racial justice.”
771 Raymond Ave St. Paul, MN 55114, 612.235.6743
St. Stephen’s Human Services, Handbook of the Streets provides resources and emergency assistance for people who become homeless
Walk-In Counceling Center. “Our mission is to provide free, easily accessible mental health counseling to people with urgent needs and few service options. Our overarching goal is to help people stabilize during a time of crisis and resolve problems before they become severe.”
West Metro Minneapolis: 2421 Chicago Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612.870.0565, ext. 100
East Metro St. Paul (Walk-in partner site at Family Tree Clinic): 1619 Dayton Avenue, #205 St. Paul, MN 55104
Walk-in at Neighborhood House: 179 E. Robie Street St. Paul, MN 55107
Young Adult Housing and Employment (YAHE) at Resource “provides young adults with mental health support, living skills training, and a subsidized apartment. Eligibility: Ages 18-26. Must have a mental health diagnosis from a mental health professional. Must be working, in school, or wanting to pursue employment or education.”
1900 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612.752.8000
Youth Link. “At YouthLink, we have over 40 years of experience connecting young people with a community of resources and support. Whether it’s basic needs, like a hot shower or a warm meal, assistance with employment or educational goals, accessing mental and physical health resources, or finding supportive housing, we can help young people at all stages of their journey.YouthLink is also the host site for the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC). The YOC is a unique collaborative model, bringing together a variety of organizations and agencies that provide resources young people experiencing homelessness may need—all in one location. Our one-stop-shop model helps deliver life-changing resources more effectively for the young people we work with.”
41 N. 12th Street Minneapolis, MN 55403, 612.252.1200