Mental Health and Well-being

Mental health and well‐being refers to the interconnection between mental illness, mental health, mental well‐being, and the associated stigma. Poor mental health is associated with poor quality of life, higher rates of chronic disease, and a shorter lifespan. 

WellSpring Project 2021 Partner Project Applications

Washington County Public Health and Environment (PHE) is excited to announce a partnership opportunity, The WellSpring Project 2021 partner funding. The WellSpring Project uses upstream efforts and a lifespan approach to develop community, resilience, vitality, and health. PHE will partner with organizations within the community to create a multi-component and multi-sector network to support the mental well-being and resilience of those who live, work, and play in Washington County. Individual applicants can apply for up to $10,000.  Applications are open from January 15th-Febrauray 15th, 2021. 

Click here to complete the online WellSpring Partner 2021 Partner Project Application

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training 


Living through a public health emergency like COVID-19 can be extremely stressful. Individuals may feel anxiety, frustration, anger, and fear for themselves and their loved ones. At the same time, people may be feeling overwhelmed by the constant, rapidly changing, and often conflicting information provided by health professionals and the media regarding the growing danger of COVID-19. Physical distancing and other measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 are necessary but can leave many feeling isolated, lonely, and anxious. These mental health stressors and social isolation are correlated with suicidal ideation and suicide. 

In order to protect our community, Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment encourages anyone in the community who is interested to take a free lifesaving suicide intervention course. The QPR Gatekeeper online course teaches participants how to Question, Persuade, and Refer a person who may be considering suicide through a one hour session that can be accessed at any time. 

To access your free training:
  • Go to the QPR Gatekeeper training Portal qprtraining.com/setup
  • Enter WCDPH as your Organization Code
  • Select Create Account
  • Complete and submit your registration form with your email
  • QPR will display and email the newly created username and password
  • Log in to begin training at qprtraining.com
We can work together to support and be safety nets for one another during this difficult time. Taking this life-saving training will help make us a stronger and more resilient community.  
Please contact Natalie Vasilj at Natalie.vasilj@co.washington.mn.us if you have any questions. 


  1. What to do in a crisis
  2. Resources
  3. Resources for People of Color 
  4. Trainings
Washington County Crisis Response Unit provides 24/7/365 mobile crisis mental health services for adults and children experiencing a crisis. Mobile crisis interventions are face-to-face, short-term, intensive mental health services.

​Phone: 651-275-7400
​Email: crisisresponse@co.washington.mn.us 

See Community Services' Crisis Response web page for more information.