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Pastoral Care: Mental Health (and Covid-specific) Hotlines & Interventions

hotlines, guidelines and crisis intervention contacts; and support for pastoral care for children, tweens, teens, families, differently abled persons, elders and folks with memory concerns; including mindfulness, personal care and volunteer support


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of hotlines and intervention resources. Here you'll find:

  • a list of local, regional and national hotlines for general and specific forms of crisis
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles with tips for identifying needs and tips for interventions
  • Websites & Curricula that educate about grief, trauma, anxiety and depression and their care
  • Judicatory and Other Denominational Resources for identifying and intervening

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Hotlines & Crisis Care

The PC(USA) Store has resources for children and adults.

For information on mental illness contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

In an emergency dial 911. Ask the operator for police officers trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline - 24/7 free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Dial or text 988.
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741-741
    • Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

If you or someone you know is experiencing increased anxiety or depression related to the Coronavirus, there is support. The county’s crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Hennepin County 
Adults (18+): 612-596-1223
Children (17 and under): 612-348-2233

Ramsey County
Adults (18+): 651-266-7900
Children (17 and under): 651-266-7878

Get to know the Mobile Crisis Mental Health Services before there’s a crisis.

Individuals experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19 who are in Hennepin County may call Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE) at 612-596-1223.

If a child 17 or under is experiencing problems, please call Child Crisis at 612-348-2233.

More information about these services can be found at

If somebody is in immediate physical danger, call 911.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line:
Text HOME to 741741 for free,
​24/7 crisis support in the US.

MN Farm & Rural Help Line: 

833-600-2670 x 1
Free, confidential help for stress, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Available 24/7.

urges everyone to take care of their mental health:

You may experience increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.

Get immediate help in a crisis

Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health

MYCepaz shares a helpful list specific to youth needs and resources.

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Person counseling a person with their face buried in their hands

The Church and the Response to the Mental Health Crisis featuring Matthew Stanford

The church is the first place most individuals with mental illness seek help, even those with serious mental illness. We speak with Dr. Matthew Stanford about the scope of the mental health crisis and the divine opportunity given to churches to respond in constructive ways.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department offers tips on emotional well-being. There are lots of important links in this article!!


Mental Health ConnectMental Health Connect provides community-based resources, support and education to improve access to mental health services and to connect individuals and families with the services they need.

Scarleteen’s home page is all about coping with COVID-19 from the perspective of sexual and mental health for young people. They have free text, message board and live chat options for immediate help for kids suffering abuse (which is likely compounded in these stressful and isolating realities), or those feeling depressed, anxious or confused. And there are a number of links to additional resources for mental and sexual health questions.

Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources

compiled an excellent list of Mental Health and other related resources, specific to Covid-19 times.