Trainee Health Resources

Your well-being and mental health are our top priority. This webpage provides you with a list of resources to contact in case of emergent, urgent, and support type situations.

Emergent Resources

National Resources

National Suicide Prevention Line

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

24/7 available help, please call 1-800-273-8255

Local Resources

If you identify someone or identify yourself in need of emergent services:

  1. Seek out the nearest Emergency Room

  2. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness- Minnesota)

402 University Avenue E.
Saint Paul, MN 
24/7 Mobile Crisis Team and Crisis Phone Line :
1-888-NAMI-HELPS (1-888-626-4435)

Confidential Coaching

  • Free and Confidential Coaching Services for Residents and Fellows
  • Free and Confidential Coaching Services for Residents and Fellows

    Are you struggling because of difficulties in training or personal issues?   Want to talk with someone outside of your program? Coaching may be a great option for you!

    Carolyn Hildebrandt, the Organizational Development Manager in the UMN Office of Graduate Medical Education, offers coaching services via Zoom. In these 50 minute appointments, you can explore your challenges, identify goals, discuss approaches, and plan action steps. You can self-refer for a confidential session. 

    To schedule, trainees can choose a time slot: 

    Book Coaching appointments here



Resident/Fellow Assistance Programs

The Unversity of Minnesota has two employee assistant programs that resident/fellows can access for services.

  • VITAL WorkLife Program
  • VITAL WorkLife Program

    The VITAL WorkLife Program, a free resource generously purchased for all M Physicians for ALL UMN residents and fellows, is now available! The program aims to provide you resources to assist with childcare and eldercare, financial and legal advice, job coaching and leadership training, retirement planning, and identifying counselors for you and your family members.

    -Peer Coaching
    -Finding Joy, Meaning & Purpose in Medicine
    -Communication & Conflict Resolution
    -Stress & Burnout
    -Work/Life Integration
    -Identifying Limits & Setting Boundaries
    -Establishing Healthy Habits
    -Leadership Development

    In-Person and Phone Counseling: Confidential, non-diagnostic counseling with our master’s and doctorate level professionals.

    Legal & Financial Consultations and Resources

    VITAL WorkLife Mobile App: Download VITAL WorkLife Mobile and take control of improving your well being with accessible and personalized resources.

    You may reference their website or give them a call at (877) 731-3949.

    Vital Worklife Flyer

  • Physician’s Wellness Collaborative
  • Physician’s Wellness Collaborative

    Physicians Wellness Collaborative, a program of Physicians Serving Physicians, provides independent, confidential counseling and peer support resources for all Minnesota physicians, residents, and medical students.

    The support you need as a physician, resident or medical student is just a phone call away. It's safe, confidential and offered at no cost to you and your family members. There is no judgment, only help from an organization with over 35 years of experience offering confidential peer support to physicians. If you or someone you know could benefit, we are available 24/7 for urgent consultation and ongoing support.

    Wellness Support
    Minnesota physicians, residents, medical students, and their immediate family members qualify for five confidential counseling sessions at no cost to them. Sessions may address stressors such as depression and anxiety, relationship issues, job stress, financial concerns, and loss and grief.

    Substance Use Support
    Physicians Serving Physicians was formed in 1981 by a group of physicians in recovery to help other physicians and their families with substance use disorders. We have supported over 1,000 physicians through their recovery to return to successful practice.

    Phone: 612-362-3747
    Physicians Wellness Collaborative Website

Online care and services

  • Doctor on Demand
  • Doctor on Demand

    Online Care - Doctor on Demand!

    See a doctor right on your smartphone, tablet or computer with Doctor On Demand. Board certified doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists treat many common conditions including: 

    -Cold and flu
    -Skin and eye issues
    -Sore throat
    -Pediatric issues
    -Stress and anxiety
    -Depression and mood issues

    Doctor on Demand also offers a free mental health assessment to help you determine if you might benefit from seeing a mental health professional for anxiety or depression. Visit to get started.

    For more online resources, please see the memo, linked here from the Office of Student Health Benefits who administers the Medical Resident/Fellow Blue Cross Blue Shield plan

  • Learn to Live
  • Learn to Live

    Learn to Live is a confidential mental health service that includes online assessments, self-paced digital programs, and optional coaching at no charge. Programs help trainees with issues related to stress, depression, social anxiety, insomnia, and more. Enter code "UMN."

  • First responders using U of M app to manage compassion fatigue
  • First responders using U of M app to manage compassion fatigue

    First responders in all 50 states are now using an app designed by University of Minnesota researchers to help manage the emotional and physical exhaustion of their work. The First Responder Toolkit, created by College of Education and Human Development researchers in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health, provides an interactive platform to help a variety of professionals whose roles involve significant emotional investments in the management of compassion fatigue

  • Finding a Local Primary Care Provider
  • Finding a Local Primary Care Provider

    We’ve reached out to primary care providers in our system and providers responded, all interested in helping you with your health care needs. We know some of you may have health care providers already chosen, others are new to the area, some perhaps have always considered themselves healthy and haven’t needed much care. Regardless, in anticipation of the training stressors ahead that will challenge you both physically and mentally, we request that you choose a primary care provider now. We would like you to establish with either one of these providers who have expressed interest in this new endeavor, or a provider you choose that is best for you. The list of providers we’ve gathered want to help meet your needs in as accessible a manner as possible: virtual, telephone, mychart and inperson. Time is valuable and prompt and easily accessible care is just one step to improving your health and well-being.

    Local Primary Care Provider


420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 293
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-5621