Depression Support Coalition

Depression is real.
Hope is real too.

The Depression Support Coalition is currently inactive. The information presented here was taken from our website when we were active. We will try to keep the information current.

The Board Members of The Depression Support Coalition

The mission of the Depression Support Coalition is to inform, educate, support, and
cultivate a community of spiritual hope for those affected by depression - as well as their families.

Crisis Hotlines -- If you or someone you know needs help 24/7
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
            National Crisis Text Line
Text MN to 741741 (No text charges)

Metro Area Crisis Lines

In the Metro area (soon to be state wide) call **CRISIS (**274747) from a cell phone to talk to a team of professionals that can help you.
Click here for a current list of mental health Crisis Lines in Minnesota by county if you're not in the metro area.
Dakota County952-891-7171            Washington County651-777-5222
Ramsey County (adults)651-266-7900Hennepin County (adults)612-596-1223
Ramsey County (children)651-266-7878Hennepin County (children)612-348-2233
Carver/Scott Counties952-818-3702Anoka County763-755-3801

Support groups offer help, hope.

Support groups are a great source of help and inspiration for those battling depression and related illnesses. The benefits of taking part include:

Understanding and compassion. Support groups promote acceptance and understanding, allowing people to feel more comfortable and less alone.

Inspiration and hope. Support groups help people understand that mood disorders don't define who they are.

Education and motivation. Group attendees can share their own experiences and offer valuable insight into dealing with similar situations.

There is no fee or registration required to attend a support group. Call the contact person for more information.

Weekly Support Groups

-Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
Host: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
13901 Fairview Dr, Burnsville
Christian Life Center
In addition to depression support, there is also a support group at this time for family members and loved ones of those with depression.
Contact: Jody Slaughter, Spiritual Care Minister
(952) 898-9312,

-Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Host: Easter Lutheran Church on the Hill
4200 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan
Fireside Commons Room
Contact: Bob Lawrence
(612) 845-9481,


The Depression Support Coalition is providing the links on this page as a resource to our visitors. The Coalition is not affiliated with any of these organizations and is not responsible for the content on their respective web sites. Any questions about their content should be directed to the individual web site owners. Thank you.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America is dedicated to "promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service." This site provides information for various age groups and on topics related to depression.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to "improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness." This site provides information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatments. It also includes information regarding Seasonal Pattern and Postpartum Depression.

NAMI Minnesota
NAMI Minnesota became a state affiliate to the National Alliance in 1986, working to "improve the lives of children and adults with mental illness and their families." This site provides information regarding depression and other mental illnesses, children and adolescents, and medications.

Mayo Clinic Depression Resources is dedicated to "empowering people to manage their health." This site offers information including symptoms, causes, treatments, self-management and more for Major, Teenager, or Postpartum Depression. (Click on "D" and scroll down to Depression.)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH is dedicated to "transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research." This site provides a downloadable booklet that describes depression symptoms, causes, treatments, and information on getting help.

Help Guide
Helpguide's mission is "to provide you and your family with mental health information you can trust." This site provides information for men, women, older adults, teens, and their loved ones. It includes additional information on Postpartum Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Families for Depression Awareness
Families for Depression Awareness "helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides." This site specifically offers a unique perspective on how families can work together to help themselves and a family member who has depression.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Since 1985, DBSA has worked to "provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders". This site provides information for people across the lifespan and includes information relating depression to other illnesses.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
SAVE works to "prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide." This site offers links regarding suicide and depression for all ages from infants and children to the elderly.

Men Get Depression
Men Get Depression National Education/Outreach Campaign is "an effort to increase knowledge, reduce stigma, and promote screening and treatment for depression and educate the public about depression and suicide risk." This site directs you to a downloadable booklet that discusses unique signs and symptoms specific to men of different ages and gives suggestions for getting help and finding other resources.

Make the Connection
Make the Connection, Shared Experiences and Support for Veterans, is a campaign by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) that "connects Veterans, their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives." This site provides information regarding depression, things that can be done, and offers further resources towards taking the next step...and making the connection.

Military One Source
Military One Source is a "24/7 resource for military members, spouses, and families, and is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to Active duty, Guard, and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services."

Make It OK
Make It OK is a campaign aimed at "reducing the stigma of mental illnesses by encouraging open conversations and education." This site provides general information on mental illnesses and what to say to people living with it, because "if we all talk more about mental illnesses, we'll understand more. When we understand more, we'll make it ok."

Face It Foundation
Face It, "through educational programs and other public initiatives, helps men understand the risks associated with depression and works with those who are depressed find a path to recovery." This site is intended to help men (and those who care about them) to better understand and address depression.

This page last updated November 15, 2019