If you’re feeling emotional distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. There are many ways to connect with emotional-support services without the need to leave home.
Mental health experts at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently launched a statewide media campaign urging residents to seek relief from COVID-19-related emotional distress by talking to a trained crisis counselor and learning about other help available. The Be Kind to Your Mind campaign promotes the use of Michigan’s free, confidential Stay Well counseling line, and aims to combat stigma associated with seeking help for feelings of depression, anxiety, anger or loss—all common during a disaster like COVID-19. Call 1-888-535-6136 and
Press “8” to talk to a Michigan Stay Well counselor.
To access other mental health resources for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, including support by text message, visit: Michigan.gov/StayWell.
In addition, Northern Lakes provides the myStrength Health and Wellness app free to the community. Download the app or create an account online and access using the free code NLCMHcommunity.