May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The current pandemic has likely made many of us take a renewed interest in or our own mental health and that of our friends and family. The loss of routines and personal connections, changes to our incomes and sometimes empty store shelves, plus worries over our own physical health has upped the stress factor in our daily lives. Although many services and programs are on pause during the quarantine, mental health professionals are standing ready to help their fellow Michiganders navigate this current crisis. Our inbox has been flooded in recent weeks with press releases from local and state agencies who’ve launched new initiatives, expanded existing programs or partnered with other agencies to extend their reach during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s a listing of the important services mental health professionals want you to know about:
•The Thumb Community Health Partnership, currently in the midst of their Green Ribbon Campaign, encourages Lapeer County residents experiencing a mental health crisis to call their crisis line at 1-888-225-4447.
•St. Clair County’s COVID-19 Support Line offers free and confidential support. Residents can call 810-985-8900, text 810-956-6335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with mental health professionals whether they’re struggling with depression, suffering from burnout or just needing to talk. The line is open five days a week.
•Michigan residents can now text “RESTORE” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Anyone who’s experiencing a mental health crisis can have a confidential text conversation with a trained counselor whether they’re dealing with anxiety, financial issues, thoughts of suicide or domestic violence.
•Those living with persistent mental health conditions are urged to utilize the state’s Warmline at 999-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). Users can connect with certified peer support specialists who’ve experienced their own behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises. The Warmline operates seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline remains open for crisis intervention and treatment referrals too. State health officials say that stress and anxiety can increase the urge to gamble for those who struggle with a gambling addiction. Counselors are available 24/7 at 800-270-7117 and also virtually.
Please know that you’re not alone in this crisis or any other time. Caring individuals are ready and willing to assist anyone feeling overwhelmed during this unique time in history and every other day too.