mental health

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Column: Broadening postpartum coverage could boost maternal health

BY: - August 27, 2020

About five months ago, I became a mom.  I met my daughter in the early hours of the morning, and the days since have been the best and hardest of my life. It has been a time of healing and rapid learning. A time when feelings of exhaustion, wonder and frustration mingle and fluctuate, sometimes […]

State COVID-19 hotline now provides free emotional support services

BY: - May 18, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is using federal grant program funds to provide free emotional support counseling via its COVID-19 hotline.  The hotline service, available at any time, is provided through the DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) and Michigan State Police.  All callers to the hotline can speak […]

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Column: The COVID-19 public health crisis has now become a fiscal crisis

BY: - April 24, 2020

Part of the disorientation that so many of us are experiencing right now stems from the reality that COVID-19 changed our lives so rapidly and so profoundly that the ground seemed to drop from beneath us.  We left our workplaces and in many cases lost our jobs, while essential workers forged ahead to keep us […]

Whitmer: Facts, science will guide Michigan’s economic reentry when COVID-19 cases drop

BY: - April 17, 2020

Updated, 7:23 a.m. 4/18/20 Michigan’s stay home order is in place until April 30 and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has not yet given a firm* timeframe for loosening regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, she did release some details about her plan to reopen Michigan’s economy, which she said is dependent on facts, […]

Mental health ‘warmline’ launched amid COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - April 14, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched a statewide “warmline,” an alternative to a traditional psychiatric hotline, for residents living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can reach the warmline by calling 888-733-7753. People experiencing a crisis, including those considering suicide, are […]

As COVID-19’s grip tightened, Michiganders at home and abroad fought for normalcy 

BY: - April 4, 2020

Since the first person in China became sick with the disease we now know as COVID-19, life has changed for people around the world — at first slowly, but then with increasing speed. Classes have moved online; proms have been canceled; graduation ceremonies have been shut down. Businesses have closed; jobs have been lost. Friends […]

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Column: Can’t sleep and feeling anxious about coronavirus? You’re not alone.

BY: - March 30, 2020

This is a confusing and, frankly, scary time for a lot of us. There’s so much contradictory information, and the “right” thing to do yesterday is now the “wrong” thing to do today. If you’re feeling edgy, having trouble sitting still or concentrating, finding yourself constantly or obsessively checking for updates, losing sleep, or waking […]

Bills you may have missed: Suicide prevention, dog safety in extreme weather

BY: - March 6, 2020

State representatives recently have introduced bills aiming to protect private property, highlighting suicide prevention and mental health needs in schools, and protecting dogs from extremely hot and cold weather.  Protecting private property In late February, State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) introduced House Bill 5540. The bill would prohibit any Department of Natural Resources (DNR) […]

Mental health hotline bill goes to gov.

BY: - January 17, 2020

A bill establishing a hotline that connects those experiencing a mental health crisis with resources is now on the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. House Bill 4051, sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.), was presented to the governor Thursday after receiving final passage in the Legislature this week. The hotline would be available 24 […]

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Column: Myths around mental illness cause high rates of unemployment

BY: - January 5, 2020

Even though mental illness affects one in five adults – and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide – secrecy and stigma around the issue continue. The problem is especially acute in the workplace. While individuals with mental illness often wish to work and are able to, their unemployment rates remain three to four […]

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Heather Servaty-Seib: The holidays remind us that grief cannot be wished away

BY: - December 25, 2019

The year-end holidays are a time of social gatherings, traditions and celebrations. They can also be a time of revisiting and reflection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.8 million people die each year in the United States. If we conservatively estimate four or five grievers per death, there are 11 to […]

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Column: More mental health care won’t stop the gun epidemic, new study suggests

BY: , and - November 16, 2019

Guns exact a heavy toll on the American public every day. On the average day, around 100 people die from a gun death. Because of the rise in gun deaths in recent years, the nation now faces a serious man-made epidemic. When people think of firearm death, they tend to focus on mass shootings such […]