Promoting Mental Well-being Among Youth and Adults in Hennepin County

Change to Chill by Allina Health partners with Hennepin County Public Health to reach youth most impacted by COVID-19

Promoting Mental Well-being in Youth and Adults in Hennepin County

Change to Chill (CTC), is partnering with Hennepin County Public Health to provide culturally specific mental health resources to youth most impacted by COVID-19. The partnership is supported by Hennepin County CARES Act funding to improve mental well-being and resiliency among youth throughout Hennepin County. The partnership will build from existing efforts within Change to Chill to offer more culturally responsive material to youth populations facing the greatest health disparities due to a variety of contributing factors.

COVID-19 has caused fear, anxiety, uncertainty and stress in populations across the United States and it continues to impact the mental health and well-being of students, families and staff throughout our region. COVID-19 has also disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latinx and LGTBQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Intersexed, Agender, Asexual and Ally community) populations, further highlighting systemic inequities and racism that exists within healthcare. These populations are already vulnerable with LGBTQIA+ youth reporting significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts than their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts along with well-documented mental health disparities among populations of color.

Through December 2020, Change to Chill will work with community representatives and mental health providers within Allina Health and from partner organizations to offer free, virtual mental well-being sessions for youth, school staff and teachers throughout Hennepin County. By translating existing tools, creating new content and holding virtual sessions with diverse audiences, Change to Chill aims to provide a healing space for students and their parents while also acknowledging the unique needs of different populations.

Past Session Resources

Session for School Staff:

Sessions for Parents & Caregivers:

Sessions for Teens:


Please send any additional questions to [email protected].