Boynton Mental Health

Whether you’ve been dealing with a mental health diagnosis for a while or are just struggling with being away from home for the first time, we’re here to help you navigate the changes that college brings.

*Please Note: that the Boynton Mental Health West Bank Clinic will be open for in-person appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Telehealth-only appointments will be available on Mondays and Fridays, starting from the week of May 13, 2024, until August 16, 2024.

Making Your Appointment:

Please contact Boynton Mental Health by phone (612-624-1444) or through MyBoynton Patient Portal to schedule your first appointment. Instructions will be provided about completing the required forms, and you will be scheduled to meet with a Brief Consultation Specialist for 20 to 30 minutes at a time that works for you. 

The therapist will talk with you about your concerns, then schedule your next appointment with the most appropriate service for your needs. Students requesting to be seen for psychiatric medications and that have been previously treated outside of Boynton Health will be asked to complete a health release of information form (ROI). An ROI is required for any previous medication provider, intensive outpatient provider, or psychiatric hospital stay. Students who are currently receiving care can contact their providers via the MyBoynton patient portal or call the clinic to schedule follow-up appointments. 

Urgent/Crisis Mental Health Care

Same day walk-in is available for students who are experiencing urgent/crisis mental health concerns.

  • For urgent/crisis needs after hours please call the Crisis Line 612 - 301 - 4673 or text "UMN" to 61222. 

Learn more about Urgent/Crisis Mental Health Services.

Boynton Mental Health Services are supported by the Edelstein Family/Ruth Easton Family Fund and the University of Minnesota's student services fee. 

Mental Health Services

Psychiatry Services

Psychiatry services include medication evaluations for all mental health conditions.

Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions are a safe, confidential space to learn new strategies for overcoming challenges. 

See groups and schedules.

Care Coordination

We provide referral services to a wide variety of resources on and off campus.

Psychotherapy Services

Psychotherapy services assist people experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns. Individual and family (couples) therapy services are available.

Substance Use/Abuse Care

Boynton Health offers students confidential alcohol and substance use assessments. We support with referrals to needed services. 

See alcohol and substance use page.

Solution Focused Therapy (SoFT)

The SoFT program addresses immediate stressors that can be managed in 3-4 sessions, focusing on learning, taking actions, and holding yourself accountable for your well-being. 

See SoFT page.

Frequent Questions

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Who can be seen at Boynton's Mental Health Clinic?

Boynton Mental Health is open to University of Minnesota Twin Cities students who are:

  • Enrolled full time, and
  • Studying for a degree, and
  • Pay the Student Services Fee.
  • Or are Graduate Assistants who are enrolled in the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.


Mental health services are not open to staff and faculty.

How much will my visit cost?

It depends on your health insurance and whether you pay the Student Services Fee.

A co-payment at the time of your visit may apply. Any remaining costs for your care may be billed to you at a later time. Amounts vary by insurance plan. Consult your insurance card, or contact your health insurance provider for details.

With some exceptions, students who pay the Student Services Fee receive most services at Boynton at reduced cost. See details about the Student Services Fee.

Does Boynton Health provide emotional support animals?

Please see policy.

Does Boynton Health prescribe ADHD medications?

Yes, see policy. 

Where can I receive Mental Health Care at Boynton Health?

Boynton Health offers Mental Health appointments at our East BankWest Bank, and St. Paul locations. Where you visit will depend on availability and what is most convenient for you.

Does the Boynton Health Mental Health Clinic have an internship program for UMN students?

Yes, see link.

Still have questions? Contact us.

Contact us at [email protected] or 612 - 624 - 1444.

More Mental Health Resources

Help Compass

Designed to help the UMN community find resources based on their personal needs.

Student Counseling Services

Offering a variety of services to help students with personal, academic and career goals.

Let's Talk

Informal drop-in consultations for students at locations around campus. No appointment needed.

BIPOC Mental Health Collective:

Monthly meetings for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) students (undergraduate and graduate), staff and faculty to come together for wellness activities and conversation around various topics connected to Mental Health and Wellbeing in our communities.

Effective U

Learn skills for academic and personal wellbeing. 

Learn to Live

Online counseling for stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Enter code UMN.