The pandemic has hurt many people’s mental health. They feel overwhelmed, scared, hopeless and stressed. Although social distancing guidelines help keep people safe, they are also making people feel more isolated than ever before. All these contributing factors and more can make a person need mental health help outside of getting enough sleep, eating healthy, relaxing, etc.
Residents in Goodhue County have been asking if there are mental health resources dedicated to southeastern Minnesota and the answer is easy: Yes.
There are four distinct resources available with another opening in spring 2021.
Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center is a comprehensive rural community based health center with offices in Red Wing, Winona, Caledonia, Rushford and Wabasha. They offer a wide variety of services, including: substance abuse, psychiatric, family therapy, children’s therapeutic support, cognitive behavioral therapy and more.
Right now they are offering telemedicine appointment options and free educational webinars that focus on a wide range of topics.
The Red Wing office is located at 2835 S. Service Drive Suite 103. They are open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.
This is a text-based suicide prevention services that if offered in Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who can connect the texter to local resources and help defuse the crisis that is taking place. The text line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of crisis centers that provides free and confidential support to people in need. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Crisis Response of Southeast Minnesota connects people in crisis with a qualified counselor at no cost and it is completely confidential. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone.
The Southeast Regional Crisis Center is being built in Rochester, MN and will provide care to those experiencing a mental health crisis. Services will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They will service Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Winona, Waseca, Steele, Wabasha and Olmsted counties.
The center is a collaboration project between the southeast chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, the Collaborative Resource Education Services and Technology (CREST) initiative and several other partners.
In 2019, the center was awarded $5 million in funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Construction began on June 15, 2020, and is expected to finish in Spring 2021.
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