• If you or someone you know is having thoughts of harming yourself/themselves, the emergency room, 911 and/or the Four County Crisis Response Team are the resources to use. 

    A note if you are thinking of working with a therapist: Community members will find if they are seeking a therapist for themselves or a loved one, that we are very fortunate to have many therapists and counselors within a half hour driving distance.

    “What should I do if I or my child, is considering seeing a therapist?” 

    1. One critical step to consider is to contact your insurance company to see what therapists are in your network. They will give you a list of in-network providers in the area.
    2. If you do not have insurance, you can apply for health insurance through MNSure or Portico Healthnet.
    3. Another consideration may be to contact your workplace Employee Assistance Program to see if you can receive any therapy sessions for free (some may offer the first three sessions or so, for free); do this prior to setting up an appointment to see if you qualify or if this benefit is available. 
    4. Lastly, Big Lake School District does have access to a co-located therapist that sees students during the school day at the school. Inquire with your students’ school to get information on how to arrange this. 
    5. Remember, one of the most important parts to working with a therapist, is a feeling of connection and trust with the therapist; if there is not a good connection, do not feel obligated to stay with that person, but instead seek out another therapist.
    6. If you are still struggling with finding a therapist, you can reach out to the school counselor or school social worker for next steps.

    Children’s Mental Health Sherburne County offers voluntary services to families who qualify, and who are needing services to support their children’s mental health.

    Four County Crisis Response Team The Sherburne County Crisis Response Team can travel to homes or community locations in the four-county area to help individuals in crisis cope with immediate stressors. The team can do suicide assessment, safety planning, coping skills education and make appropriate referrals.

    Crisis Text Line  You will be connected with a crisis counselor who can support you with any painful emotions, not just thoughts of suicide. The service is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A national network of local crisis centers that provides emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The service is free, confidential, and available 24/7. 

    The Trevor Project: A crisis service aimed at supporting youth identifying as LGBTQ+, as well as their loved ones. The service is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

    Mental Health Apps

    Calm Harm App This free app helps the user to resist or manage the urge to self-harm through comfort, distractions, breathing, expressing yourself and releasing. While this can be an aid in treatment, it does not replace any mental health treatment. This was designed for ages 12 and up.

    Clear Fear App This free app helps the user focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threats by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviors and releasing emotions. While this can be an aid in treatment, it does not replace any mental health treatment. This was designed for ages 12 and up.

    Move Mood App This free app uses the evidence-based treatment Behavioral Activation Therapy to help you improve your mood by encouraging you to improve your mood by encouraging you to increase your motivation to carry out a variety of tasks in order to help you move forward, take control and feel positive. While this can be an aid in treatment, it does not replace any mental health treatment. This was designed for ages 12 and up.

    Combined Minds This free app was designed to help families and friends support young people with their mental health. While this can be an aid in treatment, it does not replace any mental health treatment. This was designed for ages 12 and up.

    Insight Timer They offer free listening sessions for mindfulness, meditation, sleep, yoga as well as stories. Ages vary on who the listening sessions are geared for, but there are many for children.