April 27, 2021
North Country Community Mental Health (NCCMH) is providing a free mental health and wellness app to everyone in the community.
Called myStrength, the free app offers access to clinically proven tools to manage stress, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and other common mental health conditions, along with COVID-19 resources. Users may choose to complete self-directed courses or use one-on-one coaching.
Similar to a gym for physical fitness, myStrength is described as the “health club for your mind.” The web-based app delivers a personalized home page based on the user’s motivation level each day. Users can work on eLearning, explore articles and videos, or just get inspired by the daily quotes and inspirational messages.
“I love that myStrength has a parenting section,” said Lynne, a working mom who has been using the app. “Everyone can use some better ways to do things and just reassurance that I am not the only one with challenges with my three-year-old. I also like how the app always asks how I am feeling when I login and saves whatever activities I complete or look into.”
Marjorie, who is helping to care for her husband who has cancer, said, “I love the daily inspirational quotes and wellness articles. It is a great way for me to proactively take care of myself. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed, I do one of the short, guided meditations and it helps me get grounded.”
The app provides personal support so people may take charge of their mental health.
“We all have struggles,” said Mary Hotchkiss, Outpatient Therapist and Center Supervisor at North Country CMH’s Cheboygan office. “Finding support to focus on your emotional health is important. Using myStrength’s tools can help people overcome the challenges they face and become more resilient. The app doesn’t replace counseling, but it’s a great way for people to help themselves, and it’s available 24 hours a day in the privacy of your own home.”
The app also provides extensive resources to help people cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many people have been experiencing stress, anxiety and depression during the pandemic,” Hotchkiss said. “The myStrength app gives people resources to better cope as we navigate the changes and disruptions of COVID-19.”
myStrength is safe, secure and confidential. To sign up for a free account, visit www.norcocmh.org and select “myStrength.” Users will complete a brief wellness assessment and personal profile. For more information or if you need help signing up, contact Amy Christie, Chief Quality Officer, at (231) 347-7890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Country Community Mental Health provides services to residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska and Otsego Counties experiencing a serious mental illness, severe emotional problem, or intellectual/developmental disability, including individuals with co-occurring substance use disorder. Persons wishing to know more about the agency are encouraged to visit www.norcocmh.org or to access services call 877-470-7130. Crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day. Call 877-470-4668 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.