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i.“Coming up for Air”: Story about a mother and her son, who she decides
is a dream, good looking, smart, and a nationally recognized diver. The mother starts getting these signals that something is not quite right with her son. He insists that he’s fine and that he’s having growing pains. She can’t get any information from the school, friends, etc. So she doesn’t know if he is okay or not.
i. CMH- Serves people with severe mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders. They serve all ranges of ages, families with infants and seniors. Some of their services include: outpatient therapy, psychiatrists, physical therapy, occupational therapy, residential homes, community living supports, and a club house for people with mental illness. CMH primarily serves individuals with Medicaid or people that don’t have any insurance (if you don’t fit in those areas they can refer you to other agencies). They serve a broad spectrum of mental illness and several national agencies in Ottawa County that provide different counseling services, group therapy, psych services (private practice, hospitals). One positive in Ottawa County is that there are a lot of coalitions/collaborative efforts through various social service agencies to identify issues and find solutions. The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) this year includes specific focus on mental health (brings together people who can put together various resources). We are fortunate to have many resources for those who have a mental health issue. The statistics for suicide are going up (100% increase within 10 years).
1. Community Resources
b. Becky Young- Department of Public Health-
i. In 2018 there have been 18 suicides and 6 of them were teens
ii. Youth Assessment- The average amount of students in a classroom is 25 kids and 5 of them have thought about suicide.
iii. Suicide is one of the CHIP concerns- few areas for suicide prevention
iv. Suicide Prevention- putting together education for physicians, outreach to churches for resources and education for them. There are 12 churches expressing interest in the training so far.
v. Schools- how can we partner with schools to provide them with resources and training.
vi. If you have more questions or interested in getting involved, contact Becky. The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30am at the Fillmore Complex.
vii. Health Department Program- Pathways to better Health- need to get connected to resources (mental health, physical, transportation, housing) get linked to the resources that they need to be linked to, if interested go to health department page- miottawa.org pathways page has contact information.
c. Sarah Lewakowski- TCM won’t turn anyone away from their services. They have about 60 therapists. They offer support groups (more information is located on their website or by calling), individual and group counseling, school outreach program, and QPR training.
d. Sara and Michael Pyne- also provide QPR training
e. Wedgwood Christian Services (Marcia Rappleye)- based in Grand Rapids and is now located in Ottawa County. They have a program for women with substance use disorders and their children. The individual receives a team of people who are assigned to them. There is a physician assistant located in the Muskegon office and clients with needs will be transported to Muskegon instead of Grand Rapids.
What resources have you used?
a. Network 180
b. Private Case Management
c. Pine Rest
d. Holland Behavioral Health
e. Forest View Hospital
f. Momentum Center
h. Lakeside Club House
i. Autism Society of West Shore
j. School Psychologists
k. Hospice Grief Counseling
l. Support Groups
m. Grief Counseling
How do we dismantle stigma so that people can connect with the resources they need?
a. Talk about it- not in whispers
b. Acknowledge that this happens to be people, educational awareness, government, schools, insurance agencies, acknowledge that it exists
c. Celebrate neurodiversity
d. Talking- dig deeper and be sincere about the question “how are you?”
e. Be transparent- answer honestly when you are asked how you are doing.
f. Ask what other people need, don’t make assumptions
g. Communication- recognition that it exists, stop pretending, begin the conversation where it hasn’t started yet
h. Challenge stereotypes
i. Educate others on using language that is offensive or reinforces false stereotypes
j. Attend Town Halls
k. Share resources
l. CHIP actions
m. Treated like a physical illness
n. Ask- What do you need to feel save and loved?
o. Don’t be afraid to ask
q. Join the Momentum Center for $1
r. Hang out at Just Goods and experience social integration
s. Support organizations that work in the field of mental health and illness
t. QPR and MHFA training
u. Employ people with mental illness, disabilities, addictions, felony records
v. Less judgement
w. Train in schools
Thank you to our Sponsors, the Mental Illness Task Force, Volunteers, Panelists, and all of you decided to come today and have this very important conversation with us!