Counseling-Crisis Resources

Note: Although we do not give specific referrals for any agencies, the following is a list of community resources available for you to contact for counseling and related services. Many of these services offer sliding fee scales or free services. Nearly all of the following information was taken from the Washington County Family Resources Directory, dated October 2011.

We strongly recommended that students review the following resources with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult.

Crisis Numbers

Crisis Connection Hotline 612-379-6363
Suicide Prevention 612-347-2222
Canvas Health Crisis Line 651-777-5222

911 (Emergency)

Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves or someone else.


Canvas Health (formerly called HSI)

Comprehensive psychological and psychiatric assessment and treatment of emotional disturbances, mental illness, chemical dependency, physical and sexual abuse, services for seniors, individual and group therapy for children, parents, and families.


  • Cottage Grove 651.458.4116
  • Oakdale** 651.777.5222
  • Stillwater 651.430.2720
  • Forest Lake 651.251.5220

** Walk-in Crisis Counseling is available daily at the Oakdale location.

Youth Service Bureau

Prevention, intervention, and counseling services provided to elementary through high school aged youth and their families. Services include individual and family counseling and diversion/restorative justice programs.


  • Woodbury 651.735.9534
  • Cottage Grove 651.458.5224
  • Stillwater 651.439.8800
  • Forest Lake 651.464.3685

Fairview Behavioral Emergency Center (BEC)

The center is designed to address mental health or substance use emergencies by eliminating the long waits customary in medical ERs. The BEC is open 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM. It is staffed with MDs, RNs, mental health therapists and psychiatric associates. The center is located at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Riverside Campus.

It will provide assessment and referral to an appropriate source for treatment or further consultation. Individuals seeking services from the BEC would present themselves to the Emergency Room for triage and evaluation to determine if there is a medical emergency. The individual is then directed to the BEC.

Additional Counseling Resources

2-1-1 United Way (formerly First Call): 2-1-1

Information and referrals concerning counseling and other human service resources for Minnesota residents. Get connected with local resources by calling or visiting their website.


Chrysalis: 612-871-0118

Programs include chemical dependency treatment, mental health clinic, peer support groups, and legal services


The Emily Program: 651-645-5323

Personalized treatment for eating disorders.


Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center: 651.982.7000

Many support groups such as Attention Deficit Disorder, community service programs such as Stop Smoking classes, and prenatal classes.


FamilyMeans--Support for Families: 651.439.4840

A wide variety of services for families including mental health counseling, financial counseling, debt repayment program, support for seniors, caregiver support, respite care, and prevention programs with the schools.


Family Service Inc. - East Community: 651.222.0311

A variety of services including youth programs, individual and family counseling, and educational programs.

Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater): 651.439.5330

Programs include health education, childbirth, support groups, and Community Health Library.


White Bear Lake Community Counseling Center: 651.429.8544

Counseling, referral, support for youth and families in the White Bear Lake School District.


Wilder Foundation: 651.642.4000

Counseling, community assistance, child care, in=home services, domestic abuse programs, older adults support, community and neighborhood services, housing information, employment and life skills counseling, and cultural support programs.


Working Family Resource Center: 651.293.5330

Seminars on work/life topics throughout life

Warning signs of depression & suicide

Have Concerns? If you're concerned about yourself or someone else and would like information on symptoms of depression and warning signs of suicide, please visit or If you recognize any of the listed signs or symptoms, please speak with a parent/guardian, family doctor, or counselor right away. The Mayo Clinic website also has specific information about types of depression.

Note: It is critical to discuss any concerns with a parent/guardian, family doctor, or counselor.


Website: (Search for major depression symptoms)

Tips for using mental health insurance benefits

Before using your mental health insurance benefits, we recommend that you take the following actions.

  • Call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.
  • Ask for a list of mental health providers in your area; you may request male or female providers as well.
  • Ask about specific coverage (e.g., number of sessions, co-pay, and how much insurance will pay).

Your family doctor is another resource you can use to find a mental health provider. Ask him/her for a referral or name(s) of providers to consider.