As artists, culture bearers, creative workers, and are impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we look to share resources to support our community. This is a non-comprehensive list of mental health and basic needs resources as we care for each other and community health at this time.
Updated April 2021. Please note that while we have made every effort to ensure the information below is as up to date as possible, the majority of these resources were assembled in the spring and summer of 2020, and some specific information may have changed since then. Accuracy at any given point cannot be guaranteed as, even more than a year later, this is a fast-moving and evolving situation. Please consult with a professional before making any decisions, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, suggestions or additions.
Health & mental health resources:
Bridge to Benefits – (Minnesota)
Resources and Support for Families during COVID-19|
Cook County Mental Health Crisis Response Services – (Cook County, MN)
COVID-19 Resources in Hmong – (MN & CA)
Creative Exchange link roundups – (USA)
Twin Cities based resource list of therapists and mental health resources.
Healthcare access for undocumented people during COVID-19 - National
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Mental Health MINNESOTA: The Voice of Recovery
Statewide mental health resources
MN Department of Health – (Minnesota)
Resources for low cost health care or to get health insurance and basic overview of virus in 9 different languages
MNsure Health Insurance – (Minnesota)
Apply for health care assistance, open enrollment now
National Alliance on Mental Illness - (USA)
Online AA meetings – (North America)
Online Meetings Directory
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective – (USA)
Online and (formerly!) in-person reduced rate therapy sessions with a one-time membership fee.
RECLAIM – (St. Paul, MN)
Non-profit for BIPOC, queer and trans youth (13-25). Offers therapeutic support and other mental health related services.
The SEAD Project COVID-19 Resources – USA
Translated in Burmese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Lao, Viet (and more as demands are needed).
Therapists of Color – (Minnesota-based)
Fairly robust list from Facebook LOCUS group
Basic needs resources:
Clay County HRA
Clay County Housing & Redevelopment Authority. See "Announcement" page with message regarding COVID-19. Link above may be a better resource.
Cook County cash assistance – (Cook County, MN)
Cook County nutrition assistance (SNAP) – (Cook County, MN)
Resources in Fargo/Moorhead: housing/shelters, food/clothing concerns, medical services, hotlines, law enforcement/fire departments/corrections, human service agencies/financial & fuel assistance, mental health/chemical dependency/domestic violence counseling, emergencies (eviction/late rent/utilities/deposits), job services/unemployment, transportation, parenting/child care, legal services, area colleges & community education, special services/disabilities, residential treatment-juveniles, schools, and more. (note: the scan is from April 2016)
Fergus Falls Community Resource Google Doc – (Fergus Falls, MN)
Government & Healthcare Resources, Request or Offer Support to/from your Neighbors, Businesses/Employers, Caregivers/Childcare, Community Leaders, Donate , Domestic Violence Support, Emergency Assistance, Families/Kids, Basic Needs, Entertainment and Learning, Food/Groceries, Health Insurance, Immigrants/Refugees, Internet Service, Mental Health/Addiction, M-State Community & Technical College, Nonprofits, Things to do at Home, Tools for staying connected, Unemployment/Loss of Income
Food pantries by state
Food pantries in Minnesota
Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) taken from benefits.gov
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a county-run, state-supervised Federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues electronic food support benefits that can help stretch your household food budget. (Application and eligibility page) https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/4782
MN Department of Human Services Financial Support – (Minnesota)
Apply for cash, emergency, and food assistance (SNAP)
RentHelpMN – (Minnesota)
Apply for support for back rent or utilities
Springboard for the Arts Housing Guide – (Minnesota)
Housing guide with tenant advocacy and emergency resources
We have set up a fundraiser to expand the Personal Emergency Relief Fund, so that we can continue to support artists, contractors, and freelancers in Minnesota who have lost income due to Coronavirus/COVID-19. Please click below to give online, or send a check to:
Springboard for the Arts
Attn: Individual Giving
262 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55103
If you have any questions about individual giving, please contact Carl Atiya Swanson, Associate Director, Operations & Communications, at carl@springboardforthearts, or 651-292-4381.