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Ten Thousand Stories

Washburn Center for Children
Photos by Becca Sabot; Chalk art by Bearfox Chalk

Sponsored on behalf of Washburn Center for Children
Produced by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Once Upon A Time, Now

Anxiety. Depression. Trauma. These aren’t exclusive to adults.

Children suffer too.

In fact, in the United States, one in five children will encounter a mental health challenge. In Minnesota, 9 percent of children have a mental health problem that affects school and home life.

At Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading children’s mental health center, children have received healing for more than 130 years, through various therapies and home- and community-based mental health services, as well as day treatment.

This year, with the grand opening of its new Minneapolis facility, the Center is poised to help even more. Every space is intentionally designed to foster healing, to transform more than 10,000 stories and lives each year.

Our children are the most vulnerable among us, and they also have the most potential. Their stories of success and renewal are ready for their creation, with Washburn Center’s help and with the help of a community that supports the strength of all families.

For more information, contact The Washburn Center for Children, 612-871-1454 washburn.org

Saiku Kanneh

Saiku Kanneh

After his school bus nearly plummeted into the banks of the Mississippi during the 35W bus collapsed, Saiku Kanneh worked to put the past behind him.

Principal Jeb Myers and Students, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Principal Jeb Myers and Students

Helping out at the Washburn Games promotes acceptance of kids, fun, and mental health as a priority.

the Noll Family

The Noll Family

Two self-aware kids raise money for their Twin Cities peers at Washburn.

Patrick Andruss and Ashley Ross

Patrick Andruss and Ashley Ross

When teachers work with Washburn therapists, real growth can bloom.

Mary and Anna Kerr

Mary and Anna Kerr

A family finds ways to help their child—and their whole family unit—thrive together.

Kim Nelson and Ellen Goldberg Luger

Kim Nelson and Ellen Goldberg Luger

The history of the Washburn Center is closely tied to that of its biggest supporter—General Mills.

Matt Witham and Tina Shah

Matt Witham, LMFT and Tina Shah, PsyD LP

An institute trains therapists to deal with mental health needs across cultures and socioeconomic status.

Andrew Zimmern and Rishia Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern and Rishia Zimmern

Why do the Zimmerns speak for Washburn? Because their own family received incalculable benefit.