Mental Health Awareness

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May is Mental Health Awareness month. The years 2020, and now 2021, have brought unique circumstances into our lives. This has caused major disruption in the way we live, work, and socialize. It comes with no surprise that mental health is declining around our communities. For some people, it is the first time they have experienced anything like it. Where do you turn and how do you get help?

Mental illness can be scary; but you are not alone, truly. One in four adults will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime. With such a large part of the population facing these struggles, we should not be afraid to talk about it. Never be afraid to talk about your mental health, because you might be the light that gives someone else their own voice to talk about it. Open discussions eliminate stigmas and stereotypes. You wouldn’t hide or brush off a broken bone or other serious physical ailment, so your mental health should be just as much of a priority.

If you want to be an advocate, Community of Hearts has a great advocacy training course online that takes about 1 hour and it is a great way to get started! Click here: Community of Hearts – Home

“A mental health advocate is anyone who is a voice for those suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other disorder – who hopes to disseminate a message of hope and support.” -Theresa Barchard


While not an exhaustive list, here are some resources if you or a loved one needs support:

For immediate help:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, immediate support when you’re in a crisis or distress, additional help to finding resources. Available 24/7: Call 800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Online:

Crisis Text Line, the 24/7 emergency service is available if you or someone you know is experiencing a psychiatric or mental health crisis. Text: “MN” to 741741

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota, connect for help, to navigate the mental health system, get support, and find resources: Call 888-626-4435

Minnesota Warmline, talk to a specialist who has firsthand experience living with a mental health condition: Call 651-288-0400 OR Text: “Support” to 85511

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline, offers crisis counseling and support if you or a family member is experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster. Call 800-985-5990

Peer Support Connection Warmlines, peer-to-peer telephone support that’s safe and supportive. Open 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Call or text: 1-844-739-6369


Iron Range Area Local Therapists/Counselors/Psychologists/Psychiatrists:

Alcohol Detox/Range Treatment (Virginia): 218-741-9120

Calm Waters (Virginia): 218-404-9611

Ely Behavioral Health Network (Ely): 218-235-6104

The Guidance Group (Virginia): 218-576-5757

Heartwood Center (Hibbing): 218-263-1347

Insight Counseling (Virginia and Hibbing): 218-481-7660

Kind Mind Counseling Center (Hibbing): 218-263-5949

Lakeview Behavioral Health (Hibbing): 218-293-4789

MosaicSelf Counseling (Ely): 218-216-8467

Range Mental Health Center (Virginia): 218-749-2881

Range Mental Health Center (Hibbing): 218-263-9237

Speare Psychological Services PA (Virginia): 218-741-3740