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Mental Health Support

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​​If you or a loved one are struggling, there is support and assistance to help you manage the difficult emotions associated with Tuesday’s traumatic events. Several mental health resources and organizations are available to offer you support when you need it.

 NEW Benefit Option for BCBS Subscribers

AbleTo – a new virtual behavioral health provider; expanding access nationally Starting July 15, 2022, AbleTo is enrolled into the Blue Cross network and Find a Doctor online provider search tool as an in-network online health care provider. AbleTo adds over 2,000 therapists, expanding access to behavioral health care in all 50 states through virtual care delivery.
    • AbleTo is a high-quality virtual provider with measurable outcomes that provides adult members 18+ a structured Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) program. CBT is the recommended treatment for depression and anxiety, which are the most common behavioral health conditions and account for a high proportion of spend.
    • To schedule an appointment, members can use the Find a Doctor tool to search for AbleTo and call the number listed, or by going to ableto.com/bcbsm.
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Here are some of the services Encompass provides:
  • 24/7/365 Telephone Support, Mobile App with Chat Functionality, Video Counseling and Web Portal
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Work/Life Resources 
Phone Number: 1-800-788-8630

Learn more about the benefits available to you through Encompass

 HEADSPACE WEB SERVICE 
If you would like to manage feelings of COVID-19 stress and anxiety through meditation, sleep, and movement exercises, get help from Headspace Web Service. Free to all Michiganders (normally a paid service). Visit headspace.com/mi.

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  • Helping Students Trive
  • Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Creative Coping
Hotlines and Support groups
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Recognizing the Signs of Depression in a Team Member
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
1:30pm - 2:30pm

QTIP! (Quit Taking it Personally) - The Art of Health Detachment
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
12pm - 12:45pm



OakFit's Lunch 'n' Learns:

September Lunch 'n' Learn: Suicide Prevention
September 7, 2022
Noon - 1pm
Virtual Session - Microsoft Teams


October Lunch 'n' Learn: Rethinking Happiness: What Keeps You Stuck
Presenter: Julie Booksh
October 18, 2022
Noon - 1pm
Virtual Session - Microsoft Teams

Register today!


Questions? Contact Dawn Hunt at 248-858-5473 or email at huntd@oakgov.com.

To view recordings of past presentations click here.
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Learn about the common warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress that children, adults, and first responders often experience.
Traumatic Event
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Mental Health Support for Families & Individuals


Picture2.jpgMICHIGAN CRISIS TEXT LINE
If you are experiencing emotional stress and anxiety but are more comfortable texting than talking, get help from the Michigan Crisis Text Line. Text the keyword "RESTORE" to 741741. Available 24/7.

 

Picture2.jpgNATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
If you are thinking of taking your life, get help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255 – available 24/7. You can also text the keyword "TALK" to 741741, or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

 

Picture2.jpgNATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING HOTLINE

Access 24/7 video relay service. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889)





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  • Everyone experiences events and trauma in different ways and however they think or feel after an event like this is okay. Some people respond with fear, some anger, some shock, sadness, etc. Encourage people to talk about what they are thinking and feeling. Seek support from friends, family, or professionals if necessary.
  • Try to get back to routines and schedules to promote feelings of consistency and balance to reduce fear and provide a feeling of returning control and predictability.
  • Be mindful to consider the amount of exposure to the news / media, particularly to children. It is okay to keep updated, but continuing to view the images, etc. will worsen and prolong the issues the person is experiencing.
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  • Acknowledge what happened. If your child is talking or asking about traumatic events, it is important for the caregivers / loved ones in their life to acknowledge what happened, provide age-appropriate information, and be supportive.
  • Parents may want to approach older children who may have seen the news or videos on social media and find out what they know and what their thoughts / feelings are about what happened.
  • Recognize the effect this has on your child. Talk to your child about their thoughts and emotions as it pertains to the event and validate their feelings and concerns. With mass shootings in public places and places of worship, this is a valid concern for them, and all adults need to take their viewpoint and concerns into consideration.
  • Help your child to feel safe. A sense of normalcy and routine as soon as possible after an event helps to re-establish a child's sense of safety and structure. Discuss whatever positive aspects can be found in tragic events such as the quick police response and how community members and citizens across the country are coming together to support those affected.

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Mass violence incidents, where several people are injured and killed, affect everyone in the community. Coping with mass violence can be very stressful. You or your friends might have been physically injured; you may have been worried about the safety of family and friends, or lost a loved one. You may have been interviewed by the police. It can be difficult to figure out where to begin when trying to understand what happened. Over time, most people begin to feel better and return to normal routines, but knowing about the impact of mass violence can help you take care of yourself and others.

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When a mass violence incident occurs, it has a devastating and destructive impact on victims, witnesses, first responders, community leaders,  people in the community, and many can be directly or indirectly emotionally impacted.

  • Recognize that the feelings and reactions you are having – as long as they are not destructive to you or others – are normal and okay. 
  • Talk to a trusted friend, family member or spiritual advisor
  • Limit your exposure to television and social media
  • Limit unhealthy coping strategies such as alcohol and other drug use
  • If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety and worry, no-cost professional crisis assistance is available. The National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985- 5990 is available 24/7 to provide crisis support. 

Picture16.pngEmotional distress can happen before and after a disaster. Coping strategies include preparation, self-care, and identifying support systems.

Coping with Traumatic Events: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Short animated videos use hand-drawn images to help you learn about PTSD and effective treatments.

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.