Town Hall: The Impact of Mental Health on Families: Coming Up for Air

Mental Illness Task Force Updates

a.Focusing on CHIP initiatives to Raise Awareness

i. Town Hall Meeting in Holland- Looking to have in April to focus on ACES

ii. Stigma Free Community Walk- raise awareness; tentative date is in May which is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Looking to develop a committee, anyone interested can contact Barbara.

Did you miss our Summer Series on Exploring Addictions?

If you missed our Summer Series in August, Kimon from Digital Spectrum Enterprises of West Michigan, or DSE-TV, was able to stop by and record video of Anthony Muller speaking on Adolescent Substance Abuse.  Here is the link for his presentation:

Check out this ArtPrize Installation!

We received an email from Michelle Anguiano from the Lighthouse Girls Treatment Program (in Ottawa County) the other day, and wanted to share this information with all of you! We had the pleasure of hearing from some of the girls in the Lighthouse Treament Program at one of our previous Inspire! Events, where they were gracious enough to be our panelists. After that point, the Lighthouse Girls have done some volunteering with us (whenever it's been possible) at The Momentum Center, as well as working with Cali in the Just Goods store. 

Summer Series: Exploring Addictions (Part 3)

Monday, the 20th, Anthony Muller from Wedgwood Manessah Project, joined us to speak about Adolescent Substance Abuse for our third portion of our Summer Series:Exploring Addictions.

There used to be a big gap between Marijuana and Alcohol and the use of Cocaine and Heroin. But there have been changes in our culture that have filled in that gap and made it easier to move from the bottom to the top, including:

Summer Series: Exploring Addictions (Part 2)

Continuing our community conversation on Exploring Addictions from last Monday, August 13th; we heard from Dr. Sandy Dettmann as she presented information on The Opiate Crisis.

Addiction is an illness. Watch your words. We are talking about people who are addicted, not addicts. We often try to judge the life of a person who is addicted by the way we choose to live our life. We don’t get to live other people’s lives for them.

National Nonprofit Day

National Nonprofit Day

Somewhere a volunteer reads to school children; a patient receives steady medication; a lawyer provides legal services for low-income individuals; a nonprofit funeral home buries a lost soul; or a first-time homebuyer is moving into his own home. On August 17, National Nonprofit Day (NND) reminds us that each of these scenes is possible because of the nonprofit sector and the work performed by capable men, women and organizations.

Summer Series: Exploring Addictions (Part 1)

Our Summer Series on Exploring Addictions started August 6th, at 6pm, and will follow each Monday in August. 

The Summer Series on Addiction began this past Monday, with Dan Qualls and Marcia Rappleye, both therapists who specialize in addiction. It was really an excellent presentation and my brief notes won't do it justice, but here are a few take aways...

Town Hall Meeting on Alternative Treatments & Therapies

Town Hall Meeting on Alternative Treatments…

We asked our Panelists to each answer the questions below:

1)Introduce Yourself and Your Discipline
2)How does your discipline approach mental health and mental illness?
3)How does it integrate with or complement traditional medicine?
4)What is one thing we can do today to be healthier tomorrow?

We also left time for Q&A for the participating audience. 

Inspire! Topic: Dis/Abilities

27 years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, was passed. I was working at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital at the time. I had a variety of responsibilities. I coded medical records. I performed utilization reviews to improve our care delivery. I talked insurance companies into approving additional days of coverage for our patients. And I met with and admitted every patient who came through our doors.

Special Thanks to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation for granting us money from the Technical Assistance Fund! This will aid us in sending out Community Mailers about suicide and depression throughout the Grand Haven/Spring Lake area this Spring. 

Inspire! Topic: Gender Roles

Last month we Celebrated ALL Love and in the process began a conversation about gender that we are continuing today. I am heterosexual and cis-gendered, meaning that I identify with the gender that my physical body presents. I am a woman. And that had implications for my life even before I was even born.

Town Hall Meeting on Sexual Assault: Part 2

Facts About Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.