Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters: Mental health issues of LGBTQ+ community.

June 21, 2021

Mental Health Matters: Mental health issues of LGBTQ+ community. By Alan Neushwander. An estimated 373,000 Michigan residents identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+). As a state, we have made progress to expand equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and for the first time in history, Governor Whitmer recently signed a proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month…

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Mental Health Matters: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 17, 2021

Mental Health Matters: May is Mental Health Awareness Month By Alan Neushwander. This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a result.  Throughout the pandemic, many people who…

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Mental Health Matters: How tele-health is expanding mental health access

April 24, 2021

Mental Health Matters: How tele-health is expanding mental health access By Lily Winston and Alan Neushwander We live in a turbulent time where mental health is concerned. On the one hand, there’s an argument to be made that there are more stress factors on people today than at any other time in recent history. The age of social media is…

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Mental Health Matters: How Covid-19 has impacted those with developmental disabilities

January 23, 2021

Mental Health Matters: How Covid-19 has impacted those with developmental disabilities By Cindy Boerema, West Michigan Community Mental Health “The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”  For individuals with developmental disabilities, hourly and daily routine schedules are lifelines and help control anxiety. For the past 10 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has…

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Mental Health Matters: Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

November 28, 2020

Mental Health Matters: Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder By Alan Neushwander. The first day of winter is the shortest day of the year. This year, it falls on December 21. While we are still a few weeks away from winter, we are only seeing about nine hours of daylight each day. The lack of sunshine can impact your mood and…

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