Resources in Minnesota for patients and families

Help and Healing provides quality information and resources to help people and their health care providers identify, treat and manage depression. The main goals of Help and Healing are to:

  • Describe depression signs and symptoms
  • Explain the importance of quality treatment plans to recover from depression faster
  • Encourage evidence-based strategies to manage symptoms 
  • Connect people to depression information and resources 
  • Prepare clinics to better support depression care

This section of Help and Healing has a list of resources that may be useful for you or your family member. Our goal is to provide easy access to a list of resources and information that will help you seek out exactly what you or your family member needs to recover from depression.

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  • Authentic Happiness

    authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu

    reflectivehappiness.com

    Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology that focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. This website has more than 2 million users from around the world, and you are welcome to use all of the resources available, free of charge.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness

    namihelps.org

    Advocacy, links to Minnesota chapter support groups.
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM)

    nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation

    The resource, “Meditation: An Introduction”, introduces readers to meditation and suggests resources for more information.
  • Postpartum Support International

    postpartum.net

    Provides information on postpartum depression for providers of care as well as patients/consumers interested in learning more about depression after having a baby. Includes an expanded section for dads.
  • SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

    save.org

    The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
  • Veterans Crisis Line

    veteranscrisisline.net

    The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
  • Veterans Addiction Resources

    Addiction Resources: Veterans and Military Members

    Information and links to on a wide range of addiction-related resources for veterans and members of the military.

Legal and advocacy

  • Mental Health Consumer Survivor Network of Minnesota (CSN)

    mhcsn.org

    Offers self-help tools, training, and education for consumers. CSN believes in a mental health system focused on wellness and recovery.
  • MN Attorney General’s Office of Healthcare - Private Insurance Complaints

    ag.state.mn.us/Consumer/Complaint

    Minnesota health care consumers can use the form below to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office if they have had a problem or dispute with a private insurance issue.
  • MN Department of Health Office of Mental Health Practice

    mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/social-work/

    This office investigates complaints against unlicensed mental health practitioners in Minnesota.
  • MN Department of Human Rights

    humanrights.state.mn.us

    This state agency investigates charges of illegal discrimination; the website also includes information about your rights under the state Human Rights Act.
  • MN Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

    ombudmhdd.state.mn.us

    This state office receives complaints and comments about services; it also provides information about the civil commitment process.

community-based services and supports

  • MN Department of Human Services

    mn.gov/dhs

    Contains information about various types of community-based and residential treatment services; includes links to county mental health staff, information on mental health programs, and services for adults in Minnesota.
  • MN Health Care Programs Provider Directory

    mhcpproviderdirectory.dhs.state.mn.us

    Click on Mental Health, and use the sub-category list to find the service you need.
  • Minnesota Help Info

    minnesotahelp.info

    Search engine used to help find local community services and supports.

employment

  • MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

    positivelyminnesota.com/JobSeekers/People_with_Disabilities

    Extended employment services offer support to individuals with disabilities who have difficulty finding and maintaining jobs independently.
  • The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health

    workplacementalhealth.org

    Provides Employer Innovations Online that helps employers take action to address mental health at the workplace, by providing case examples of successful corporate approaches.

books

  • What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed – Mitch Golant
  • How You Can Survive When They're Depressed – Anne Sheffield
  • The Noonday Demon – Andrew Solomon
  • Out of the Darkened Room: When a Parent is Depressed – William Beardslee
  • The Depression Workbook – Mary Ellen Copeland
  • On The Edge of Darkness – Kathy Cronkite
  • Getting it Done When You’re Depressed – Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston