Mental Health Matters: West Michigan CMH spreads mental health awareness

May 14, 2024

By: Lori Schummer

West Michigan Community Mental Health director of public relations and customer services

In today’s changing world, more and more people are talking openly about mental health. May, known as Mental Health Awareness Month, is a special time to show kindness and understanding to those facing tough times with their mental health. It’s a chance for us all to learn, support, and stand together with those who may be struggling.

One crucial aspect of mental health advocacy is dispelling myths and misconceptions that perpetuate stigma. Education plays a pivotal role in empowering individuals to recognize signs of distress, cultivate empathy, and offer meaningful support to those in need. By fostering a culture of inclusivity and understanding, communities can become safe havens where individuals feel comfortable seeking help without fear of judgment or discrimination.

West Michigan Community Mental Health continues efforts de-stigmatizing mental health issues and fostering a supportive community environment. From their Person-First Approach, and commitment to high quality care, daily social media posts dedicated to sharing insightful information and resources on mental wellness, to collaborative partnerships, West Michigan CMH is leaving no stone unturned in its mission to prioritize mental well-being.

In collaboration with partners like Community Health Innovation Regions of Northern Michigan, West Michigan CMH is championing the cause of stigma awareness through a 21-day initiative. This concerted effort seeks to challenge misconceptions surrounding mental health, promote acceptance, and cultivate empathy within the community. By engaging participants in constructive discussions and activities, the campaign aims to break down barriers and foster a culture of inclusivity. To learn more about this initiative go to or visit our West Michigan Community Mental Health System Facebook page to learn more.

To further bolster visibility and support, West Michigan CMH is distributing silicone bracelets free of charge at main sites. These bracelets serve as tangible symbols of solidarity, allowing individuals to proudly express their commitment to mental health advocacy. By wearing these bracelets, community members signify their dedication to supporting those affected by mental health challenges and promoting a culture of understanding.

This May, let us recommit ourselves to the cause of mental health awareness. Together, we can shatter stigma, amplify voices, and pave the way for a more compassionate and supportive future for all.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, or emotionally overwhelmed, having trouble coping, or is in crisis call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-992-2061. You can also call or text 988 or go to to chat the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.


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