The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is awarding nearly $1.7 million in federal grants to 11 community agencies across the state for crisis counseling services to help people struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic.

“So when we say crisis services we basically mean helping to mitigate and address behavioral health emergencies particularly in our young children as we’re seeing a spike in that.”

The DHS’ Gertrude Matemba-Mutasa says the money going to Minnesota’s Crisis Counseling Program will focus on communities and individuals most affected and is meant to promote coping strategies, emotional support and an array of resources.