Mental Health Resources

If you need immediate help or feel you are in danger, dial 911.

1 in 5 people are affected by mental illness during their lifetime.  Bet Shalom is committed to supporting our members in their life’s journey.  We offer these resources as a starting point in finding the help and support you search.  

Bet Shalom Congregation Anxiety Support Group meets meets on the last Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30 PM. The location at Bet Shalom will be posted at the main entrance to the synagogue. No registration is required. Please contact a member of the clergy if you’d like to be connected with others who attend. The group will provide ongoing emotional support & coping strategies for the members of Bet Shalom Congregation struggling with anxiety. Our support group allows members to express their feelings and provides a forum for discussion in a safe and confidential environment.

If at any time you’d like to meet with one of the Bet Shalom Clergy, we are here for you. Please contact us through the Bet Shalom office (952) 933-8525 or directly by email which can be found by clicking here.  

Crisis Response

Hennepin County:

-Children’s Mental Health Services 612-348-4111

-Mobile Crisis Team:  612-596-1223 (ages 18 & older)

    612-348-2233 (ages 1-17)

Ramsey County – 651-266-7900 (adults), 651-266-7878 (youth under 18)

Dakota County – 952-891-7171 (adults & children)

National Suicide Prevention Line – 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line Text:  HOME to 741741 (available 24 hours a day).

First Call for Help: call 211 or visit:https://www.211unitedway.org

United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. Whether you are in crisis, or need a little support, we’re here to help.

(Local 651-291-0211, 800-543-7709, or text zip code to 898-211)

Minnesota Warmline (Mental Health Minnesota)

The Minnesota Warmline provides a peer-to-peer approach to mental health recovery, support and wellness. Calls are answered by our team of professionally trained Certified Peer Specialists, who have first hand experience living with a mental health condition.

The Warmline provides a safe, anonymous and confidential environment to connect with people who are here to listen…here to help.

651-288-0400, 1-877-404-3190 or text “support” to 85511

Child Crisis Response Minnesota 

Support from local mental health crisis workers is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We can meet you in person and/or talk to you by phone to help you with your crisis.

Sojourner Project: 24 hours crisis line

​If you are living with fear or know someone who is living in danger, no one is alone.  Sojourner advocates can help find realistic, safer, and hopeful options.

​To speak with an advocate call: 952-933-7422

Links To Jewish Organizations

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Minneapolis

Jewish Family Services of St Paul 

Local Support Groups & Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

NAMI offers several support groups for adults, youth, and families affected by mental illness. Visit https://namimn.org/support/nami-minnesota-support-groups/ for more information.

Mental Health Minnesota


Peer Advocacy 651-493-6634   

Mental Health Minnesota was founded in 1939, and was the state’s first mental health advocacy and education organization. We are a non-profit and non-partisan organization, and an affiliate of Mental Health America.One in five people will experience a mental health concern in their lifetime. Many will never get the care they need. Others will struggle to find the right treatment and services to help them recover.  We’re here to help.

Our mission is to enhance mental health, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illness.  We work to help people in their journey toward mental health recovery and wellness through direct service, public policy, education and outreach. Our vision is improved lives for those living with mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH offers authoritative information about mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research.

National Institute of Mental Health resources for Teen Depression

SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education): 952-946-7998

SAVE focuses its efforts and resources on six main program areas: Public Awareness, Education, Training and Consulting, Grief Support, Products & Resources, and Research and Innovation. 

The Bridge For Youth

The Bridge for Youth is dedicated to providing the connection between the current realities of homelessness and a brighter, safer, more stable future.

The Bridge is a safe and welcoming place for youth in the Twin Cities who have no one to turn to, nowhere to go. With a dedicated staff and strong support from the community, we help hundreds of youth get off the street, into safe shelter, and on to a better life. Our welcoming, residential setting is unique among programs for runaway and homeless youth, providing services at no charge, 24/7/365.

The Bridge develops approaches that help youth and their families resolve their conflicts and move toward healthier relationships. Each year we serve more than a thousand young people and families with a continuum of services, including:

-24-hour hotline
-Crisis shelter and counseling
-Youth, parent, and family counseling
-Transitional programs
-Ongoing support services
-Rental housing for formerly homeless youth 18-21

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH)

MACMH’s mission is to promote positive mental health for all infants, children, adolescents and their families.

Autism Society of Minnesota: 651-647-1083

The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs. For many, working with mental heath service providers is a new experience; we want you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we undertake this journey together, striving for positive, individual-focused goals.

AuSM therapists have more than 80 years of combined experience serving individuals with autism. They strive to help individuals with autism understand their diagnosis and address both the challenges and gifts that it can bring. Our depth of experience and dedicated support allows you to be confident that we will meet you wherever you are and start from there – no judgments, no preconceptions. From young children to adults, those on every part of the spectrum can grow at their own pace in a safe, compassionate environment, while pursuing their personal goals.

Pacer:  952-838-9000, Toll-free: 800-537-2237

Pacer is for:  

-Families and their children or young adults with disabilities or special health care needs from birth through adulthood.

-Educators and other professionals who work with students with or without disabilities.

-Parents of all children and schools working together to encourage family involvement in education.

Sexual Violence Center

We support everyone affected by sexual violence, whether your assault has just happened, or you are coming to terms with trauma in your past. Even if you are not sure if what you have experienced is sexual violence, we are here to help you.  We provide respectful, confidential services to survivors, their friends, and their families free of charge. Our services are open to people of all genders. We also offer education and training.

Mindfulness Apps

Stop, Breathe & Think–positive-check in with yourself–something mindful, makes a person slow down just to do the check-in–based on your feelings, the app chooses meditations or activities for your particular check in

Calm—-also offers many features, may be better suited for older students and adults

Insight Timer–features intricate features

Smiling Mind–so many possible approaches, targets students by age, includes educator options providing lessons for age groups

Read the Position of the Reform Movement on Mental Health: 

The Reform Movement understands the importance of mental health and has passed a number of resolutions affirming this. Additionally, the Religious Action Center’s mental health issue page provides a wealth of resources to guide you in learning more about mental health in North America, the Jewish perspective on mental health, key pieces of relevant legislation, and places to go for more information.