By Susan Todoroff and Bob Nassauer
Washtenaw County Resources
Washtenaw Community Mental Health Youth & Family Services
- Requests for services can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling Access at 734-544-3050 or 1-800-440-7548. Or Dial 2-1-1.Website: ewashtenaw.org
Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)
- Phone: 734-936-5900
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor – Behavioral Health
- Address: 1 East – 5301 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106
- Phone: 734-712-2762
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea – Behavioral Health
- Address: 775 South Main St., Chelsea, MI, 48118
- Phone: 734-593-5251
NAMI Washtenaw: namiwc.org
National NAMI: nami.org
- Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
- Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM
Michigan Mental Health Networker: mhweb.org
National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH): http://www.nimh.nih.gov
Toll-free phone Numbers for Support
- 1 (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 1 (800) 996-6228 Family Violence Helpline
- 1 (800) 784-2433 National Hopeline Network (for suicide prevention)
- 1 (800) 366-8288 Self-Harm Hotline
- 1 (800) 230-7526 Planned Parenthood Hotline
- 1 (800) 222-1222 American Association of Poison Control Centers
- 1 (800) 622-2255 Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line
- 1 (800) 233-4357 National Crisis Line, Anorexia and Bulimia
- 1 (888) 843-4564 LGBT Hotline
- 1 (866) 488-7386 TREVOR Crisis Hotline (another LGBT source)
- 1 (800) 221-7044 AIDS Crisis Line
Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” TO 741741
- cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping managing-stressanxiety
- nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/March-2020/Coronavirus-Mental-Health Coping-Strategies
- com (To find a therapist)
Using Social Media to Support Each Other
Now is a great time to use social media platforms to connect with each other! Below are some ideas for what you can do:
- Share positive coping skills you’re using and ways in which you’re staying connected to the outside world.
- Make short videos while you’re doing activities to pass the time while sheltering in place.
- Create a “fill in the blank” that followers can answer with a picture. For example, “I’m grateful today for….” Someone can post a picture holding up a sign that says “I’m grateful today for sunshine” or they can film a quick video filling in the blank.
- Create interactive posts that allow followers to share what they’re doing. Examples: What are you doing for self-care? What’s been your favorite in-home activity to do? What’s the first thing you plan to do when restrictions are lifted?
- Create a challenge! Examples: a push-up challenge, a walk-around-the-block challenge, jumping jacks, cooking a new recipe, learning a TikTok dance, sidewalk chalk art, daily meditations, reaching out to a friend, etc. Then people can tag and challenge other friends to do the same. How this plays out:
- Someone posts a video of themselves doing 10 push-ups. During the video and in the post, they challenge 1 to 3 of their friends to do the same.
- Set a regular time for virtual check-ins with your friends. Have an open forum for people to share how they’re feeling and what they’re doing while sheltering in place.
- Share “day-in-the-life” images, videos, and activities that your peers can relate to.