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If you’re trying to find your way through some complicated new systems while dealing with depression, anxiety, or any other form of mental health disturbance, we would like to help. The drop-in center provides opportunities to develop friendships, participate with others in activities, connect with services, and learn symptom management techniques along with independent living skills.

Our Place Drop-In Center will provide a safe and fun environment for all adults with a mental illness. Our Place is open five days a week and provides a place for consumers to come and spend time with peers in planned activities, groups, and informal social time. Drop-In hours are scheduled each weekday. For a schedule of specific times for Our Place, contact us at 218-828-4877.

The Todd County Drop-In Center is open from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like more information please feel free to give us a call at 218-820-7663, please leave a message if no answer.  Assistance with transportation may be available thru Todd Country Health & Human Services.

Various events for consumers are planned on a monthly basis. Some of these include bingo tournaments, pizza days, movies and popcorn, as well as other activities planned by participants. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please contact us for the time and date of the monthly planning meeting. This is also a time when consumers can come and share their ideas and opinons about what they would like to see happen at the Drop-In Centers. Go to our Community Education page to find a calendar of the Drop-In Centers' activities.


OUR PLACE is located at 323 South 9th Street, Brainerd, MN.

The Todd County Drop-In Center is located in the Northern Pines office in Staples at 200 - 4th Street NE.


  Facts about mental illness
Mental/emotional illness is not a choice.
Mental/emotional illness is our nation’s leading medical problem.
One in every four or about 57.7 million adult Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental/emotional disorder.
An estimated 15 to 25% of the population will experience at least one episode of severe depression during their lifetime.

Major depression:
A persistent unhappiness with decreased energy, loss of appetite, changes in sleep patterns, withdrawal, and suicidal thoughts.

A fearfulness or uneasiness that arises from anticipation of danger. The anxiety may be focused on a certain thing or situation or be generalized or may also be experienced in periods of sudden onset accompanied by physical symptoms (panic attacks).

Means a person has lost touch with reality. Psychosis typically shows up in three forms:
Hallucinations: hearing voices, seeing or feeling things that aren’t there.
Delusions: a false belief that cannot be corrected by reason.
Disordered thinking: a lack of logical continuity, resulting in disorganized and fragmented expressions of thoughts.

A psychotic disorder characterized by a loss of touch with reality, disordering of thought processes, delusions, hallucinations, and an inability to think coherently.

Manic Depression:
Also known as bipolar disorder, is a disorder in which a person’s mood alternates between being highly energetic, euphoric, exaggerated and/or irritable to being very depressed and occasionally psychotic.

Quotes from Consumers
“I enjoy attending drop-in events. They have helped me to meet new people and make new friends.”
“There’s always something to do at the drop-in center. I enjoy the different areas for reading, using the computer, doing crafts, and watching TV.”
"I like the activities that we have here at the drop-in center. I also enjoy the people who come here that I am able to meet and talk to.”

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