When Minnesota was hit with the effects of the global pandemic, we reached out to our network of members, supporters, and community members to know how Minnesotans were being affected. Over 100 of you responded, helping us understand what policy challenges lie ahead.

This situation has amplified the policy challenges we have already recognized. Even though each response we received detailed unique challenges, key themes emerged:

  • Concerns around physical health
  • The huge economic toll, including reduced wages, job loss, and a shaky job market
  • Feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Effects of social isolation from family and friends
  • Desire for consistency and collaboration from leaders on all levels of government

With all these concerns, the overarching theme was uncertainty. It is clear that these are uncharted waters, and the unpredictability surrounding our economy, healthcare, and social well-being. While we may not know how this situation will evolve, there are organizations in the community that are acting and responding right now to this crisis. Given the concerns we heard, we wanted to share some of the resources that are available to you right now:

Childcare and Education Resources:

Disability Resources:

  • Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care Intake Line: 651-431-2555
    • Immediate advocacy resources for residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care settings and for recipients of home care services.
  • Disability Hub Coronavirus Resource Page

Economic, Employment, and Financial Resources:

Health and Healthcare:

Mental Health:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota Mental Health Hotline: 1-888-NAMI-Helps / 1-888-626-4435
  • Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-528-4511
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Social, Connection, Lifestyle and Community

Other Information

This is list of resources was checked for accuracy on 7/1/2020. 

Thanks to those who took the time to tell us how this challenging time is affecting them. This input will guide our work in the months and years ahead. We know that a big part of policymaking is listening and learning from each other. As we look ahead, we will continue engaging people from all backgrounds and perspectives on the way to sustainable solutions that work for everyone.