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Posted on: December 15, 2022

Presenting NAMI Washtenaw County’s local resource guide, Taking Care.

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“Your Mind Matters” are the first words you see when you open Washtenaw County’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s new mental health resource booklet, Taking Care

Even though mental illnesses are very common—one in five Americ...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Millage funding helps NAMI build relationships and trust in Washtenaw County communities

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Story by Cleoniki Kesidis

“Outreach is not easy work,” says Judy Gardner, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Washtenaw County (NAMI). “It’s relationships building. It’s showing up. It’s building trus...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Mental Health First Aid trainers are teaching our community how to respond to those in need

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Story by Seaira Wainaina and Gregory Powers

Each year in the United States, one in five adults and one in six youth experience mental illness. And in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—with social isolation, job...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Millage funds help Ozone House youth with housing and supportive services

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For over 50 years, Ozone House has played a pivotal role in Washtenaw County—assisting runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families.

While stable housing is a primary focus, the organization has expanded its mission ...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Corner Health Center is serving the psychiatry needs of Washtenaw County youth with millage funding

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One-stop care. What is it? A place that meets your needs holistically—from physical health to mental health, from wellness to treatment, from education to support.

For some, it might sound like a lofty ideal. However, at a colorful storefront on N...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: June 18, 2021

Breaking the stigma: How the mental health millage is empowering youth to reach out

WC resident says "help isn't just for a crisis"

"I wish parents knew that mental health is real,” says one #wishyouknew social media post beside a portrait of a local teen. Another says, "Don't talk at me or down to me, talk with me.”

The Wish You Knew campaign, funded by Washtenaw County’s Pu...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Garret's Space delivers 20,000 mental health flyers to homes across the county

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As suicide rates continue to rise throughout the nation, especially among young people, one local Washtenaw County family is working to help those in need access services.

Suicide rates increased 33 percent nationally from 1999 to 2017, with the sharpest i...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: February 18, 2021

WCCMH Black Lives Matter Task Force

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On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd’s death at the hands of police led hundreds of thousands of people throughout the nation to join the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. While the BLM movement is broad, it essentially seeks to eradicate systemic racism thro...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Millage funded “prayer and care” summit: Mental health resources for faith communities

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washtenaw County (NAMI WC) has organized a virtual summit for members of the clergy to learn about mental health resources for faith communities. The Prayer and Care summit will be held on Octob...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Millage funds Mental Health First Aid train the trainer initiative

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This summer, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health put out a call for volunteers. The purpose? To become certified as Mental Health First Aid instructors, who will then share what they’ve learned with others in the community.

Mental He...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: October 26, 2020

In Washtenaw County, millage helps mitigate the impact of COVID-19

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From economic strains to a now six-month period of isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend daily life. In Washtenaw County, “the unsurprising result,” as Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder reports for Concentrate, is “an uptick in stress, anxiety, depres...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: December 9, 2019

More SURE Moms, thanks to Washtenaw County voters

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With a $90,000 investment from Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage, the SURE Moms program—designed to unite, support, and empower mothers of justice-involved youth—is being extended to more moms across the county.

Under ...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: December 9, 2019

#wishyouknew mental health campaign launches across the county

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The #wishyouknew youth mental health campaign officially kicked off on Monday, November 25, with artwork by local artist Lauren Mills, quotes from outreach with hundreds of Washtenaw County youth and adults, and a short video featuring Alisha Spencer, a l...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Help design an anti-stigma campaign for Washtenaw youth

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In our last millage communication, WCCMH introduced readers to planned anti-stigma campaign efforts that are being led, through a millage-funded contract, by the Washtenaw County Health Department. The first two years of this anti-stigma work will focus o...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Substance use disorder systems transformation kicks off 100-day challenge

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Since November 2018, dozens of representatives from Washtenaw-area organizations--including one-dozen staff members from Washtenaw County Community Mental Health--have been participating in a substance use disorder system transformation process hosted by ...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: September 7, 2020

Provide input on a millage-funded countywide anti-stigma campaign

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health is working with the Washtenaw County Health Department to develop and launch a county-wide campaign to reduce stigma around mental health and addiction. 

Health department staff will begin their work with a...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention
Posted on: April 25, 2019

Transforming Washtenaw's substance use disorder system

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About a dozen Washtenaw County Community Mental Health staff members have been actively participating in a series of local meetings, sponsored by the Washtenaw Health Initiative, that are designed to develop a collaborative action plan to address substanc...

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Community Mental Health - Education and Prevention