The Mental Health Association in Michigan

is the only statewide, non-governmental agency concerned with the broad spectrum of mental illness across all age groups.

July 11, 2020

Letter from Lansing – May 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 edition of MHAM’s monthly newsletter that provides you with public policy updates and other information that impacts the behavioral health care of you and those you love. This edition of Letter from Lansing is being provided in honor of Mental Health Month.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers

A Note from the President & CEO

June and summer are rapidly approaching and the state of Michigan is only beginning to emerge from over ten weeks of lockdown and quarantine
due to the Covid-19 crisis. The state of Michigan has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus and many Michiganders are struggling under the weight of financial as well as emotional burdens that are but a few of the challenges individuals may be experiencing. Perhaps one of the positive aspects to the pandemic is that it has highlighted the necessity of addressing the mental health needs of Michigan citizens as much as the physical health needs are addressed.

Having access to mental health care is critical right now. It is important that you continue to pay attention to your mental health during the coronavirus crisis. It is normal to feel afraid and anxious, especially when faced with a situation that has many “unknowns”. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by symptoms of anxiety, depression, or hopelessness, please reach out for help. If you are experiencing emotional distress in the
context of the COVID-19 crisis, get help from:

Michigan Stay Well Counseling via the COVID-19 Hotline
Call 1-888-535-6136
Press “8” to talk to a Michigan Stay Well counselor.
Counselors available 24/7 – confidential and free

OR

National Disaster Distress Helpline
Call: 1-800-985-5950
Text the keyword TALKWITHUS to 66746 | Available 24/7

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