Connect with a Peer Advocate

Peer Advocates are available Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM.

Get help today via online chat, phone or email.

Phone: 651.493.6634 or 800.862.1799



Mental Health Minnesota’s Peer Advocacy service helps remove barriers to mental health recovery. We use a peer-to-peer approach to provide information, referrals, tools and resources for mental health recovery.

Certified Peer Specialists work with people on the phone, via online chat or email, and in person based on individual needs and goals. Peer Advocates connect people with resources in their local communities across the state of Minnesota, provide coaching in how to address a concern, help navigate systems of care, work to improve communication between service providers and clients, and support family members.

Our work is free of charge, person-centered, solution-focused and short-term.

Want to learn more about how our peer advocacy services can help you or a loved one? Read about how our peer advocates have helped people overcome barriers to their mental health recovery:

“Emily often wondered if someone living with a mental illness would qualify for a service animal. She thought about the obstacles that were holding her back from doing the things she enjoyed, and ways that a helping animal could assist her with navigating them…” Read more here


“Matt lives in an outer ring suburb of the Twin Cities. He likes his home and neighborhood; however, he relies on public transportation to get around, and there is only one grocery store within walking distance from his house. When he ran into a conflict with the one grocery store in the neighborhood, he found himself without a place to shop for food…”  Read more here


“Cheryl has been a strong, caring, and loving mother to her son, David, for almost 20 years. Cheryl called Mental Health Minnesota and spoke with an advocate. The advocate recognized that Cheryl was a very loving mother and held a critical role in David’s network of support, but she needed to think about David not as her mentally ill son, but as an adult man, who happens to have a mental illness…” Read more here


“Amanda lives with severe depression and anxiety, along with other disorders that have caused significant changes in her cognitive functioning. Because of these changes, she lost her job. In order to pay for insurance and living expenses, she depleted her savings and 401K plan. Then she lost her private health insurance. Amanda turned to Mental Health Minnesota for help…” Read more here


“Calvin is enrolled in college in Minnesota. During one semester, Calvin was diagnosed with a mental illness and had to take an extended leave for treatment. The school had a strict attendance policy, and when Calvin requested to re-enroll in his program, the school officials denied his request…” Read more here


Joe lives with schizophrenia. He is thankful that it has been 15 years since he was homeless. He sees his doctor and therapist, follows their advice, and takes care of himself. However, despite Joe’s best efforts, he came close to losing his home. Joe’s landlord informed him that his lease would not be renewed…” Read more here