Sometimes it is important to discuss concerns privately with a counselor. The counselors at Normandale provide a confidential setting where you may explore concerns and achieve a better understanding of yourself - your feelings, attitudes, and capabilities.
Personal counseling services
- Free, confidential individual appointments
- Crisis intervention and referral
- Information about life issues
These services are offered free of charge to currently enrolled students and can be accessed by making an appointment. To make an appointment, call 952-358-8261 or stop by the Counseling Office reception desk. See the Contact Us page for more information.
In the course of providing personal counseling to students, many are referred to appropriate community resources. A partial listing is provided below (click on each of the links for detailed information)
(The Counseling Department at Normandale Community College does not assume responsibility for the quality of services provided by mental health agencies or web sites listed below. Inclusion in the list does not imply endorsement nor does omission indicate disapproval.)
24-Hour information and referral
- United Way 211
Phone: call 211 or 651-291-0211 Website: www.211unitedway.org Call or web search for referrals on almost any topic. When using the web site, click on "search now" in the United Way 211 section for a user-friendly web version of the United Way 2-1-1 help line. A great "one stop shopping" site.
24-Hour Crisis Lines
- Crisis Connection
Free and confidential crisis counseling by telephone for topics such as suicide, depression, abuse, and family and relationship problems. Referrals to community agencies are available for further assistance.
- Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Acute Psychiatric Services
Suicide Hotline: 612-873-2222
24-hour phone and walk-in service for evaluation and treatment of behavioral emergencies and significant life crisis.
- Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
Website: www.neighborhoodinvolve.org -- then click on "Rape & Sexual Abuse Center"
2431 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis
24-hour phone counseling, crisis counseling, individual psychotherapy, support groups, and legal advocacy for persons who have been raped or sexually abused. Sliding fee scale.
- Crisis Nursery
Emergency child care to prevent neglect and abuse; crisis intervention for families; family education; and a 24-hour hotline for parents in crisis.
Additional resources for referrals to counselors, support groups, etc.
- Your Health Insurance
Your own health insurance provider is often the first place to go for referrals which are covered under your insurance plan. Look on the back of your health insurance card for the mental health services phone number. Call this number and explain what issues you would like assistance with and explain any criteria you are looking for in a mental health counselor (gender, race, religion, or other preferences). You will be given names and phone numbers for at least 3 clinics/counselors in your area which are covered by your insurance.
If you do not have health insurance, or if you would like to explore other options, there are agencies which offer free or low cost options. Some are listed below:
4432 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis
Tubman Family Alliance and Chrysalis, A Center for Women have merged and renamed the combined organization Tubman. Tubman offers support through multiple service areas: safe shelter, legal assistance, counseling, youth and family support and community education.
1000 East 80th Street, Bloomington
Provides immediate access to all emergency services for individuals and families that are in crisis due to family violence. Also provides ongoing support and shelter services.
- Emily Program
A treatment center that provides comprehensive psychological, nutritional, and medical care for individuals with eating disorders.
- Family Partnership Services
Counseling, family support services, violence intervention, and educational opportunities.
- Fairview Southdale Support Groups and Classes
Phone: 612-672-7272 Fairview On Call
Listing of various types of support groups and classes on many personal and health topics such as grief, depression, cancer, wellness, and many more.
A treatment center for chemically dependent individuals and families. Information on chemical health and recovery.
- Hennepin County
Information on services and programs involving health, housing, and other social services for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors as well as special groups, such as recent immigrants, in Hennepin County.
An online directory of services regarding veterans, senior citizens, youth, disabilities, families, homelessness, affordable housing, refugees, etc.
- The Walk In Counseling Center
2421 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis
Crisis intervention and short-term counseling to individuals, couples and families. No appointment is necessary during counseling hours. These services are free, but donations are appreciated.
- Watercourse Counseling Center
3548 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis
Nonprofit, community-based mental health center that provides a variety of mental health services including psychotherapy, education and support services. Sliding fee scale.
Pamphlets on various topics
- Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
Website: http://counseling.uchicago.edu/page/virtual-pamphlet-collection Information on many topics related to mental health issues, academic concerns, and relationship issues. Click on any topic and you will be linked to a "virtual pamphlet collection" about that topic.
- Counseling Center Self Help Brochures Website: http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/?page_id=7 Excellent resource on "test anxiety" as well as other academic concerns, mental health issues, and relationship issues. Click on any topic and you will be linked to a "brochure" about that topic.
- Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health - Fact Sheets
Informative fact sheets on various mental health disorders. Click on any topic and you will be linked to a "fact sheet" about that topic.