The Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health. 2023 Silver Member Login

Helpful Resources


MHAM Provides Customized Mental Health Trainings to Employers.
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*10% discount for organizational members.

Learn how to become Bell Seal Certified in your workplace to help define workplace mental health. 

Community Connections: How to Navigate the Community Mental Health System Presentation



Community Mental Health Medicaid Funding Infographic




Talk/Text/Chat lines

  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (Call or text 988) Chat Online | Click Here for what it is and how it works
  • The Michigan Crisis and Action Hotline (MiCAL) 844-44-MICAL (64225) |
  • Crisis Text Line
    • Text MHA to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    • The national Disaster Distress Helpline is available for anyone experiencing emotional #distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text (800) 985-5990 to be connected to a trained, caring counselor, 24/7/365
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+)
  • Trans Lifeline
    • Dial (877) 565-8860 for US and (877) 330-6366 for Canada. Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.
  •  Amala – The Muslim Youth Hopeline: Phone (855) 95-AMALA or (855) 952-6252
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline - For any victims and survivors who need support, call (800) 799-7233 or (800) 799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 22522
  • Know the Signs: (800) 273-8255 |
  • National Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hotline: (800) 662-HELP (4357
  • Youth Crisis Line (Text/talk/chat): (800) 843-5200
  • Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255   Press 1
  • The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline - Call (800) 656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
  • Caregiver Help Desk - Contact Caregiver Action Network's Care Support Team by dialing (855) 227-3640. Staffed by caregiving experts, the Help Desk helps you find the right information you need to help you navigate your complex caregiving challenges. Caregiving experts are available 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM ET.
  • The Partnership for Drug-free Kids Helpline - Call (855) 378-4373 if you are having difficulty accessing support for your family, or a loved one struggling with addiction who faces care or treatment challenges resulting from COVID-19 circumstances, the Partnership for Drug-free Kids' specialists can guide you. Support is available in English and Spanish, from 9:00am - Midnight ET weekdays and Noon - 5:00pm ET on weekends.
  • Physician Support Line - Available at (888) 409-0141 every day from 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM ET. Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists to provide peer support for other physicians and American medical students. 
  • Mental Health Resources During Global Conflict - People across the world may find they struggle with their mental health during times of global conflict. This does not affect only those in active combat — these are humanitarian crises, impacting an entire community or region and beyond. These resources address how your mental health might be affected by major conflict events like war, terrorism, geopolitical tension, territorial disputes, and political instability. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Dial 2-1-1:  If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Run by the United Way.


Resource List

Open Counseling: Publicly-Funded Mental Health Services Available in Michigan:

Headspace: Science-Backed Meditation and Mindfulness

Association for Children's Mental Health: Information, support, resources, referral and advocacy for children and youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.

Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs) and the organizations with which they contract provide a comprehensive range of services and supports to children, adolescents and adults with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders in all 83 Michigan counties.

On Our Sleeves: Michigan Mental Health Resources for Children

Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.

Teen Line: Teen Line provides emotional support to youth. It is our mission to provide peer based education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, community outreach and online support.

Boys' Town National Hotline: Get Help: Youth-Specific services (voice/text/chat/email)
Spanish: 1-800-SUICIDA (800-784-2432)


Your Mental Health

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.

Mental illness is common. In a given year:

  • nearly one in five (19 percent) U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness
  • one in 24 (4.1 percent) has a serious mental illness*
  • one in 12 (8.5 percent) has a diagnosable substance use disorder

Mental illness is treatable. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.


About Mental Health

Mental Health..

involves effective functioning in daily activities resulting in

  • Productive activities (work, school, caregiving)
  • Healthy relationships
  • Ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity


Mental Illness...

refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders — health conditions involving

  • Significant changes in thinking, emotion and/or behavior
  • Distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities

Mental health is the foundation for emotions, thinking, communication, learning, resilience and self-esteem. Mental health is also key to relationships, personal and emotional well-being and contributing to community or society.

Many people who have a mental illness do not want to talk about it. But mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of! It is a medical condition, just like heart disease or diabetes. And mental health conditions are treatable. We are continually expanding our understanding of how the human brain works, and treatments are available to help people successfully manage mental health conditions.

Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of your age, gender, geography, income, social status, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity. While mental illness can occur at any age, three-fourths of all mental illness begins by age 24.

Mental illnesses take many forms. Some are mild and only interfere in limited ways with daily life, such as certain phobias (abnormal fears). Other mental health conditions are so severe that a person may need care in a hospital.



Mental health conditions are treatable and improvement is possible. Many people with mental health conditions return to full functioning. Some mental illness is preventable.
It is not always clear when a problem with mood or thinking has become serious enough to be a mental health concern. Sometimes, for example, a depressed mood is normal, such as when a person experiences the loss of a loved one. But if that depressed mood continues to cause distress or gets in the way of normal functioning, the person may benefit from professional care. Family or friends may recognize changes or problems that a person doesn't see in themselves.

Some mental illnesses can be related to or mimic a medical condition. For example, depressive symptoms can relate to a thyroid condition. Therefore a mental health diagnosis typically involves a full evaluation including a physical exam. This may include blood work and/or neurological tests.

People of diverse cultures and backgrounds may express mental health conditions differently. For example, some are more likely to come to a health care professional with complaints of physical symptoms that are caused by a mental health condition. Some cultures view and describe mental health conditions in different ways from most doctors in the U.S.

Stigma around mental illness and treatment prevents many people from seeking needed treatment.


Treatment & Self-help

The diagnosis of a mental disorder is not the same as a need for treatment. Need for treatment takes into consideration how severe the symptoms are, how much symptoms cause distress and affect daily living, the risks and benefits of available treatments and other factors (for example, psychiatric symptoms complicating other illness).

Mental health treatment is based upon an individualized plan developed collaboratively with a mental health clinician and an individual (and family members if the individual desires). It may include psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication or other treatments. Often a combination of therapy and medication is most effective. Complementary and alternative therapies are also increasingly being used.

Self-help and support can be very important to an individual's coping, recovery and wellbeing. Lifestyle changes, such as good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep can support mental health and recovery. A comprehensive treatment plan may include individual actions (for example, lifestyle changes, support groups or exercise) that enhance recovery and well-being.

Primary care clinicians, psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians help individuals and families understand mental illnesses and what they can do to control or cope with symptoms in order to improve health, wellness and function.