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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

North Country joins mental health organizations and advocacy groups across the country in shining a light on mental health awareness and promoting information, tools, and resources that can help people live their best life:

myStrength Health and Wellness App

This month North Country is launching a health and wellness app called myStrength to benefit everyone in the community. Known as a “health club for your mind,” the free app offers access to clinically proven tools to manage stress, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and other common mental health conditions, as well as COVID-19 resources. Users may choose to complete self-directed courses or use one-on-one coaching. The web-based app delivers a personalized home page based on the user’s motivation level each day. You can work on eLearning, explore articles and videos, or just get inspired by the daily quotes and inspirational messages. And it’s available in the privacy of your own home 24/7. Click here to sign up!

Creative Minds, Changing Minds Statewide Traveling Art Show

Hosted by North Country in May, this special show sponsored by the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, contains original artwork by people who receive services from Community Mental Health Service programs across the state. The show contains a wonderful painting of a freighter named “The Olive” by Donald Makowski of Gaylord in Northern Michigan. See the show at the Antrim County building the first week of May, the Charlevoix Library the second week, and the Petoskey Library the third week. The show highlights the multidimensionality of the artists and showcases the recovery potential of art.

PhotoVoice Program

Members of North Country Community Mental Health’s two clubhouses —New Horizons Clubhouse and Petoskey Club— recently came together in a ‘PhotoVoice’ discussion group about life during the coronavirus. They took photos and wrote reflections about their experiences in order to benefit others who are now struggling. Hear about their strategies, coping skills, and experiences in their video.

NCCMH Mental Health Resources during COVID-19

A handout with local resources, tips for helping children cope with changes, managing stress, and the new “Warm Help Line” (877-470-7130) that anyone in the community can call during business hours to discuss your feelings about stress, anxiety, or depression related to COVID-19.

Petoskey Club’s May Newsletter

This special May issue brings a great perspective from persons served on why language we use to describe mental health issues matters, famous people with mental illness, and much more. Did you know that 1 in 5 adults have a diagnosable mental illness? Learn more here.

Virtual Advocacy Event sponsored by NMRE

The Northern Michigan Regional Entity invites everyone to a virtual meeting on Personal Responsibility and Self-Advocacy on May 21, 1:00-3:00 PM. Learn how to advocate for yourself, and discuss challenges of mental health recovery in the midst of a pandemic. Click here for more information.

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