“Michael had no long term horizon, didn’t care about anything, was disengaged and had no foundation to start the recovery journey… Today he is a productive senior in HS involved in extra-curricular activities and thinking about college. (Headway) gave us traction, a positive track record of real accomplishments and new beginning.” 

- Headway Client

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About Us

Emotional Health for Life

Headway Emotional Health Services' mission is to help you, your children, and your family back on the path toward emotionally healthy lives. We know what we’re doing: With more than 40 years in operation, our 200-plus staff members in Richfield, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Center, and Hopkins provide comprehensive mental health therapy and classes to more than 20,000 families each year.

Since 1970, Headway has provided essential emotional health services to children, families, and individuals in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. As a recognized community leader, we help people overcome issues such as mental health concerns, emotional and behavioral challenges, isolation, addiction, child abuse and neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and troubles with parenting and relationships.

Our History

In 1970, a group of parents realized that their children weren’t getting the mental health support they needed. So they decided to do something about it. From that need, Storefront Youth Action was born, and in 2011 we renamed ourselves Headway.

Over the years we learned that mental health is a continuum -- with negative developmental, relational, or life-altering situations on the one end, and every-day emotional health hurdles on the other -- and we decided to serve the full spectrum, with a special focus on emotional health. We saw that if you have a healthy emotional base, the rest of the continuum is easier to deal with.

As we learned more, we expanded to serve not only children, but families, couples, and individuals, too. We’ve added three more locations and work directly with dozens of schools throughout the metro area. Our adult programs grow every year. But our core idea has never changed: The idea that everyone has the ability to build and maintain themselves from the inside, able to develop resilience to live their life with purpose. We all just need some help doing that sometimes.

Who We Serve

To us, empowering people of all ages includes all socioeconomic backgrounds as well. It's an added stress that at this time of critical need for emotional and mental health support, there are significant issues with access to services and insurance coverage. To help, we work with all insurances and offer a sliding-scale option to those who need it.

Please do not let concerns about insurance coverage — even if you don't have insurance — stop you from picking up the phone and asking for help.

If you or someone you know is affected by anxiety, depression, divorce, parenting trouble, domestic or sexual abuse, anger management or any other emotional health-related issue, contact us today.

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