Mental health is a main focus for us at HealthPartners. Across our organization, we have many people and programs that work together to provide a wide range of services in this area. This is vital because, like most health issues, there isn’t just one way to help with all concerns that involve mental health.
We want to make sure that everyone gets care and support that fits their unique needs. And we know someone’s community has a big impact on their mental health and well-being as well. This is why we also work closely and share resources with other partners. Many of the partners that we have are at the local and state levels. But we have partners in this work at the national level, too.
Here is a starting point of what mental health treatment services and resources we offer, as well as some of the key partnerships we have in our communities. We are proud to have these robust options available to our members and patients. But we also know it can be overwhelming to figure out what is right for you. If you need guidance on how to start, contact your primary care provider. A doctor you know and trust is often the person who can best help you get started on your journey.
Treatment services at our hospitals and clinics in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin
Behavioral Health Specialists with HealthPartners, Park Nicollet, and Amery Hospital & Clinic
This team provides support and helps you become your best self. They start by building the right support team. That could include one or several mental health experts. All of them communicate and coordinate your care plan. They make sure you get the most beneficial treatment.
Substance Use Disorder Programs:
HealthPartners provides services to address substance use and addiction medicine needs and remove the stigma around addiction to make room for honest conversations. No matter where you are on the journey to recovery, our therapists are ready to meet you there and connect you with the right support. Working together, we’ll help you heal from addiction, build resilient habits for long-term recovery, and step forward into a healthier life. Across our organization, we have specialized services and providers to help guide individual needs to recovering health. Person centered assessments utilizing the ASAM Criteria as well as individualized treatment planning and coordination is the focus for each patient in our substance use disorder programs.
HealthPartners offers two substance use disorder treatment programs:
- Programs for ChangeThis program offers adult substance use disorder assessment and treatment at Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Westfields Hospital & Clinic and Amery Hospital & Clinic. Intensive outpatient and outpatient programming includes groups, individual, education and family sessions. Services are provided during day and evening hours.
- Hutchinson Hospital Chemical Dependency Program The Hutchinson Health Chemical Dependency program is an evening program that offers outpatient and intensive outpatient for individuals who need treatment for relapse, or who need “step-down” programming from an inpatient or residential treatment setting. Program services includes groups, individual, education and family sessions provided in the evening to persons 15 years and older.
Patients or members can also work with our counselors for referrals and support to access external services.
This clinic offers support, help and healing for people struggling with all types of eating disorders. Patients are welcomed into a peaceful, safe and trusting place. And the team of experienced and kind specialists are committed to caring for each individual in body, mind and spirit. All of this inspires a return to a rich quality of life.
DayBridge at Regions Hospital (This program is currently offered virtually until in person support is safe to resume.)
This program is for adults who need thorough therapy and the support of family and friends. Its goal is to help patients continue to live in their community. They attend therapy during the day and return home at night and on weekends.
This is a specialty service for any patient who is a veteran or military member and their families. But it also has a special focus on mental health care. The program provides crisis intervention and therapy to veterans living with mental illnesses. And it connects them to resources and benefits.
Using music as therapy has been found to help many conditions. These include depression, PTSD and schizophrenia. Music therapists in our hospitals are trained to use music to help patients process emotions, trauma and grief. They also use music to regulate or calm someone who might be experiencing anxiety or psychosis.
Animal Therapy (Currently paused and will resume when in-person visits are deemed safe.)
This service brings dogs to comfort patients and families in need. It is used in our hospitals, clinics and hospice care programs. And it’s free thanks to the generous volunteers we have who donate their time to provide it. Dogs have been shown to bring many mental health benefits to people who interact with them. They can decrease anxiety and increase self-esteem. And they help people living with depression, ADHD and PTSD.
Mental health resources we support and offer
Make It OK
Make It OK offers tools and resources for how to talk about mental health issues in a respectful way. The goal of the campaign is to end the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses. Stigma is a big part of what keeps people from seeking help and getting treatment. To date, more than 18,000 people have pledged to start talking about mental illnesses and do their part to end the stigma and make it ok.
Growing through Grief
This free school support program serves 15 Twin Cities school districts. It is designed for students and school staff who are grieving the loss or preparing for the death of a loved one, and helps them overcome the pain and heartache that comes with that. The program gives kids and school staff a safe place to express grief, which helps them to not feel alone. This is key to learning healthy ways of coping. The program encourages healing through peer support groups and a range of activities.
No Obstacles to Well-being (NOW!)
This program serves the Burnsville, St. Louis Park and Richfield school districts. It gives kids free access to mental health services right at school. Students talk with a Park Nicollet therapist through secure video chat. Both Spanish- and English-speaking therapists are available.
This team focuses on improving health and well-being through research and education. They conduct ongoing studies to advance treatment and care, including care for mental health. Their goal is to improve lives and share findings across the world.
Melrose Heals podcast
During each episode of the Melrose Heals podcast, Karen L. Nelson, a licensed clinical psychologist at Melrose Center, hosts honest conversations about the topics near and dear to people and families impacted by eating disorders. Hear stories of people in recovery, get tips and information from psychologists and eating disorder specialists, and more.
Community partners who are mental health advocates
The Hilarious World of Depression
This is an APM podcast of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with mental health issues. The series is hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. It gives listeners a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs and realize that people with mental illnesses are not alone.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) MN
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy.
This is Minnesota’s largest mental illness awareness event. It’s held every year in Minneapolis. Walkers work together to raise money that goes to a range of mental health programs.
Northland Healthy Minds
This is a partnership of businesses and people in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. They have teamed up to help stomp out the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.
Want to get involved and help give mental health support?
There are volunteer opportunities available with several of these programs. To find out more about volunteering with:
- Make It OK, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Melrose Center, email email@example.com
- Animal Therapy at Park Nicollet clinics and Methodist Hospital, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Animal Therapy at HealthPartners clinics and Regions Hospital, email email@example.com
- Animal Therapy with HealthPartners Hospice Care, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Animal Therapy with Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Hospice Care, email email@example.com
- Animal Therapy with Lakeview Hospice Care, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- NAMI MN, visit namimn.org/volunteer
All volunteer opportunities are currently done virtually.