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VIEW: Mental health resource guide for people impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Lake Michigan along M-22 (Amber Ainsworth/WDIV)
Lake Michigan along M-22 (Amber Ainsworth/WDIV)

DETROIT – While coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken a toll on many people’s physical health, it is also impacting mental health.

People are scared, stressed and anxious.

Click here to read mental health stories from a clinical physiologist.

Because of this, Michigan officials have introduced new resources and support for people who may be struggling, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her office is working to find more ways to help people.

Below are some resources to help you cope:

Text Line

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services introduced a text line where people can receive mental health support.

Send RESTORE to 741741 to have a confidential conversation with a crisis counselor. The service is available 24/7.

Stay Home, Stay MIndful website

A partnership between Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services includes science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety.

Visit the website here.

Michigan warmline

The warmline will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers.

The warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).

It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma.

Disaster Distress Helpline

People who need help coping with mental and emotional effects of what is happening can get immediate counseling from specialists. The helpline is available 24/7.

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs’ to 66746 to speak with someone.

Suicide prevention support resources

There are many resources available in Michigan and nationally to assist those who need help or suspect someone they know is in need of help.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, 911 should be called.

See a list of resources here.

Signs someone may be considering suicide
Signs someone may be considering suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

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