Mental health


Michigan's new education budget spells out improvements for student mental health resources.
‘Coming Back to the Unknown’: Michigan Makes ‘Historic’ Investment in Student Mental Health in 2021

Michigan’s latest investment in education could mean big things for mental health advocacy in school districts around the state — something particularly important as students return to the classroom amid the pandemic. 

Local members of the Youth Advisory Council help with a backpack drive during the pandemic
‘We Have to Do It Together’: Michigan’s Rural Families Talk Getting Through COVID

Mental health, struggling students and food insecurity. These are the topics on Michigan mom's minds for 2021, and the solutions they are finding.

Graphic by Morgaine Ford-Workman.
How One Michigander Saved Lives Working the State’s New Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Michigan's new mental health hotline, MiCAL, is about more than helping Michiganders through crisis, explained one staffer. It's about helping them find hope.

parent talking to child about traumatic events
How to Discuss the Traumatic Events on the Capitol With Kids and Process It as a Family

What to know to help your kids process traumatic events as you might be struggling to process them yourself.

mom and child walking with a separate photo of a laptop computer
I Channeled the Trauma of Relapsing During COVID Into Building a New Life for Me and My Family

Like other people with substance use disorders, the pandemic has tested me. On the other side of my relapse, however, I found an identity I’d been looking for.

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How Four Young Activists Pushed Through the Sh*tshow of 2020 Without Giving Up

"I was burnt out every single day. From grieving the losses of Black lives to being arrested and being affected by police brutality myself, I was in a dark place."

Mental health first-responder programs are being launched in cities like New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere as an attempt to diminish police violence.
Mental Illness Is Not a Crime, So Why Do We Police It Like One?

American cities are finally implementing first-responder programs that send behavioral health professionals—not cops—to non-violent and mental health-related crises.