Mental Health Matters

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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Mental Health Matters: Recovery is possible for those battling addiction

September 21, 2020

Mental Health Matters: Recovery is possible for those battling addiction By Alan Neushwander I recently saw a meme on social media that said, “I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.”  When I first met Kelly Stoudt when I started working at West Michigan Community Mental Health last year, I knew right away that she was a strong…

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Mental Health Matters: Help is just a phone call away

July 24, 2020

Mental Health Matters: Help is just a phone call away By Alan Neushwander The world is an ever-changing place that can lead to various emotional reactions including stress, anxiety, fear and depression. Whether it’s personal struggles or world events such as COVID-19, political battles, or the recent increase in violence, it’s easy to slip into a pattern where you may…

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