Local Resources and Hotlines

There’s help available when you need it.

The following resources and organizations are specially designed to provide more specialized support.  

Community Resources Helpline (formerly First Call for Help)

United Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential community helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to resources dealing with:

  • Family concerns
  • Housing assistance
  • Food
  • Health services
  • Legal help
  • Transportation
  • Child and senior services
  • Volunteer opportunities and many more

Dial 2-1-1 or 1.800.543.7709.

Local resource directory (downloadable pdf)

Surviving the Tough Times is a mini-resource directory created by United Way of Central MN that provides a listing of services addressing basic needs for Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright counties. The directory includes:

  • Disability resources
  • Emergency shelters
  • Employment agencies
  • Financial assistance and counseling
  • Food and housing
  • Health and dental care
  • Legal services
  • Mental health services
  • Parenting
  • Prescription assistance

ULifeline—college student mental health website

ULifeline is an online resource for college students to learn more about protecting your emotional health and what to do if you or a friend are struggling with mental health issues.

Self-help brochures

Some students simply want to learn strategies that help them better cope with stresses in their lives. A number of self-help resources/brochures are available from college counseling centers across the nation. Click here for virtual brochures. The brochures offer strategies for:

  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Attention-deficit disorder
  • Cultural issues
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief
  • Relationships
  • Sexual assault
  • Stress
  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Wellness

Suicide prevention

Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

  • Call for yourself or someone you care about
  • Free and confidential
  • Or click here for more resources

Veteran suicide prevention hotline

Are you a veteran in emotional distress? Call 1.800.273.TALK and press 1 to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Or log on to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.