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.

April 2, 2021

Letter from Lansing – February 2021

Mental Health Matters

The Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) has been in existence since 1936 and has distinguished itself as being one of the leaders in mental health public policy in our state for many years. MHAM continues to advocate for individuals with mental health conditions at the state and local level.

The Association’s mission is to improve care and treatment of mental illness; promote positive mental health; and prevent the onset of mental disorders. We do this through policy analysis and advocacy with government, primarily at the state government level in Lansing. MHAM seeks regulatory action from government that our Board and membership deem to be in the best interests of adults and youth experiencing or at risk of mental illness. Through this approach, we believe we are doing the greatest good for the greatest number, as a single law or policy change from Lansing can affect tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of state residents.

MHAM is also working to provide more public education about matters related to behavioral health care. Look for our virtual town hall conversations about a variety of topics including suicide; how improvisation comedy can help with anxiety and depression and how yoga can be used to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress. Please watch your email for announcements about our virtual events.

MHAM is interested in the numbers of individuals with significant mental health conditions who find themselves in Michigan jails and prisons. Through the work of the Partners in Crisis Advisory Board (PIC), comprised of a group of leaders in the criminal justice and mental health field, MHAM and PIC are advocating for appropriate responses to the growing problem of the mentally ill landing in jails and prisons, when treatment is what is needed. Stay tuned for more information!

To read the full February 2021 newsletter, please CLICK HERE.