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Mental Health Information

Children, teens or adults living with mental health challenges, you are not alone!

Children, teens or adults living with mental health challenges, you are not alone!

We are here to provide support, education and resource information for individuals, families and professionals.  We provide several major types of support including:  finding mental health information to help you with your specific concerns, Friend2Friend Tween/Teen School Program, weighted lap pad and blanket program, scholarships, and events/speakers.

Let us know what you need and
we'll do our very, very best to help you!

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

Resource Center Help

  • We can help you find the answers
  • Research by coordinator familiar with Mental Illness 
  • Support groups
  • Lending library
  • General support and ideas
  • Connections to service providers
  • Scholarships
  • Recommended websites

Network/Support Meetings

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – Western Minnesota Affiliate:

Support Groups meet the third Thursday of every month @ 7:30 P.M. at
Bethel Lutheran Church
411 Becker Avenue
Willmar, Minnesota

Separate support groups are held for: Consumers of Mental Health Services and for Family Members and Friends of Consumers.

Recommended Websites

Woodland Centers
Phone: 1-800-801-8096

A non-profit organization, Woodland Centers focuses its efforts on providing comprehensive mental health services to meet varied community needs. We serve the counties of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, and Swift Counties of West Central Minnesota.  Woodland offers many programs some being: counseling, day treatment, crisis, detox and many more.

Phone: (320) 231-7030 or (800)-960-7228

Pact 4 Families Collaborative is a Children's Mental Health and Family Services Collaborative, serving children and families in Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties and Upper Sioux Community.  Pact 4 offers various services for Children's mental health.

Wraparound Services for youth with mental health concerns and their families - Wraparound is a way to support families who face challenges related to mental health issues or other complex needs. It is a strength-based, family-driven, and team-based process. Wraparound teams meet to plan, brainstorm, implement, and monitor goals identified by the family and team members. Teams include both formal supports (paid service providers working with the family) and informal supports (friends or family members), all chosen by the family.

Department of Employment and Economic Development/Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Willmar Office
Phone: 320-231-5175

This office will help with vocational counseling, planning and guidance.

Rice Institute for counseling & education
Phone: 320-231-4390

Outpatient care: family or individual counseling, psychological testing and treatment planning.
Impatient care: group therapy, creative experiences to help in self discovery and skill development & family involvement for counseling and support.

Kandiyohi County Family Services
Phone: 877-464-7800

Mental Health Services for Adults and or children may include: Referring and assisting the person obtain mental health services; ensure coordination of services and developing a functional assessment. There are local and national links listed on this website.

NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness
Phone - (800) 950-NAMI (6264)

NAMI offers Support, Education, Advocacy, and Research.  At the heart of NAMI's mission is our grassroots and the sharing of information with people with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public. NAMI strives to offer hope, reform and health to our American community through support, education, and advocacy efforts. Research is constantly providing us with new information about the brain and the nature of mental illnesses and, consequently, more effective treatments.

National Mental Health Information Center
Phone: 800-789-2647

This site offers a staff member to direct you to services you can use in your area.  Information Center staff members are skilled at listening and responding to questions from the public and professionals. The staff quickly directs callers to Federal, State, and local organizations dedicated to treating and preventing mental illness.

Mental Health Association of Minnesota
Phone: 800-862-1799

This site offers links, publications, education and advocacy.  Founded in 1939, we are the state's first mental health advocacy and education organization. We listen to the needs of community members, respond to those needs, and work to make positive changes in the lives of individuals and in public policy.

Minnesota's Association for Children's Mental Health
Phone: 651-644-7333 or 800-528-4511

There is a great Minnesota Resource Guide on this site for many web sites, organizations etc.  Statewide education and advocacy organization recognized by families and professionals as the state's primary resource for children's mental health.

Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
121 7th Place E, Suite 420
Metro Square Building
St. Paul, MN 55101-2117
Phone:  651-296-3848 or 800-657-3506
TTY 800-627-3529

Designated to assist you to overcome the delay, injustice or impersonal delivery of services

Minnesota Disability Law Center
Mental Health Advocacy Project
430 1st Avenue N, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN  55401
612-332-1441 • 800-292-4150
TDD- 612-332-4668
Duluth - 218-722-5625
Grand Rapids - 218-326-7044
Mankato - 507-389-9826
Moorhead - 218-230-9870
Willmar - 320-235-9600

Free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilitiesFree civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
1885 University Avenue, Suite 395
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
651-917-2370 • 866-90-MOFAS

This organization works collaboratively within communities to provide resources and support for families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Public Information and Communications Branch
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
(866)-615-6464 • TTY: (866) 415-8051

Free educational material for professionals and the public

Consumer Survivor Network of Minnesota
Phone: 800-483-2007

Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota is the only statewide mental health organization run by people with personal experience with mental health issues.  These confidential phone lines are answered by our knowledgeable and compassionate staff — people who have first-hand experience dealing with mental health issues.

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