Mental illness is common, treatable, and nothing to be ashamed of.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every four people has some form of mental illness. It affects people of every age group, gender and cultural background. Depression, anxiety and other mental illness aren’t signs of weakness or personal failure. Like any illness, they just happen sometimes.
The shame and stigma surrounding mental illness can prevent people from getting the treatment and support they need to get well. Sometimes, suicide can seem like the only way to escape the pain. But that’s not true. Help is available, and feeling better is possible.
The DanO Fund doesn’t provide mental health services, but the organizations below do.
All of these services are free.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Talk to a trained counselor over the phone or via webchat. The support is free and confidential. Call for yourself or on behalf of a loved one.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI HelpLine: 1-800-950- 6264
M-F, 10 am – 6 pm, EST
If you or someone you love needs help but you’re not sure where to start, call the NAMI Helpline. This free service provides support and resource referrals to people living with mental illness, their family members and caregivers, and mental health professionals.
The NAMI staffer who answers your call will first listen to what you’re going through, then suggest helpful next steps. You can also search for support programs and resources on the NAMI website.
Face It was created specifically for men experiencing depression. Based in the Twin Cities, Face It taps the power of community to help men overcome depression and reclaim their lives. They provide men’s support groups, one-on-one peer support, activity outings and retreats. All of these services are free for participants.
Operation: 23 to Zero
Operation: 23 to Zero is an effort to curb the massive rates of veteran and military suicide through awareness and providing a network of fellow military members to connect with for help and support.
Burnsville Police BHU
The Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) was established in January 2021 to safely connect people living with or experiencing mental illness, chemical dependency or homelessness to services that can help. BHU launched under the command of Sergeant Max Yakovlev to meet the unique service needs of those experiencing behavioral health challenges in the community. We do this in partnership with Dakota County Social Services.