May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. It has never been more important than now to recognize the role mental health plays in our overall well-being and helping those in need receive support. When living with a mental health condition or facing a mental health concern, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But many people live healthy lives after seeking help for the mental health challenges they face. You aren’t alone, help is out there, and recovery is possible.
The Oakland County Health Division has compiled a list of mental health support for families & individuals in their May Healthy Oakland Newsletter:
- Oakland County 24-Hour Crisis Helpline: Call or text 800-231-1127
- Michigan Crisis & Access Line: 1-844-446-4225
- Michigan Stay Well Program: 1-888-535-6136 and press “8.” (Free, confidential support related to emotional distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 or text 838255
- OK2SAY: Text 652729 or visit ok2say.state.mi.us (student and school safety line)
- The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386 (providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Additional Resources to Call or Text
24-hour resource/crisis helpline, confidential counseling and short-term psychiatric care
800-231-1127 – Resource and Crisis Helpline
Crisis Text Line
Available for mental health support. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor 24/7.
Oakland County Health Network
Provides public mental health services to those who have an intellectual or developmental disability, mental health challenge, or substance use disorder. The majority of these individuals have Medicaid insurance coverage.
Access to services: 248-464-6363
Mental health and substance use disorders services for children (7-17) and adults
Youth and adult mental health services
24-hour crisis/support line, counseling and support groups for those experiencing domestic violence/assault.
Individuals calling the warmline will be provided with support by peers who have their own lived experience with mental health issues. They will be providing wellness supports and a listening ear.
The warmline will operated by Certified Peer Support Specialists seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).
Oakland Family Services
Therapeutic treatment for children and adults with a diagnosed mental illness or issues related to substance use disorder
248-544-4004 – Berkley
248-858-7766 – Pontiac
248-853-0750 – Rochester Hills
248-624-3812 – Walled Lake
Oakland County Recognizes Importance of Mental Health
Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of Americans living with mental health issues was at a crisis level. That’s why Oakland County has invested nearly $13 million in a variety of services.
The county has allocated $8.5 million in grants, administered by the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, to non-profit agencies to help an additional 66,000 residents with critical counseling and care. Another $2 million is helping hospitals quickly evaluate people in their emergencies rooms and get them the care they need.
An additional $2 million went to support students, when the county established the Mental Health and Wellbeing School Partnership Program. In this program, Health Navigators work directly with Oakland County school professionals to increase mental health services—providing a safety net beyond the resources available at their local schools.
Oakland County works to ensure access to quality affordable health care, including mental health services, to improve health outcomes for all residents as part of the Healthy Residents goal in our five-year road map. Visit our dashboard to see the progress being made to mental health of community members, as measured by the percentage of young people who felt sad or hopeless in given time period.
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