mental health

Mental Health
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Experts and interested community members will be in Ann Arbor November 15, 2021 to discuss the current state of the mental health system in Michigan.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to State Representative Felicia Brabec, who will be among those hosting the event to talk about existing barriers and ideas for improvement as part of the Michigan House Democrats’ Mental Health Listening Tour. 


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

This week for "On the Ground Ypsi," our weekly partnership with Concentrate Media giving voice to one of their online stories about the Ypsilanti area, WEMU's Lisa Barry and On the Ground Ypsi's project manager, Sarah Rigg, talk to Summer Berman of Fresh Start Clubhouse. They talk about what services they provide and help they offer to Washtenaw County residents in need of mental health support.


The Resourced Therapist / theresourcedtherapist.com

The need for mental health care in the Ann Arbor area and across the country continues to increase due to the many challenges in our world today. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor psychologist Dr. Sharon Gold-Steinberg about "The Resourced Therapist," a collaboration with Carryn Lund providing an online platform that helps therapists and other helping professionals feel more effective, supported, and nourished in their work especially during these challenging times. 

Colin Jackson
Michigan Public Radio Network / mprn.org

A bipartisan bill to help teachers recognize mental health needs in the classroom has cleared the state Senate. Colin Jackson has more.

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

This week for "On the Ground Ypsi," our weekly conversation with Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg and WEMU's Lisa Barry, they talk with Melisa Tasker, the program coordinator for the Washtenaw County "CARES team," about the mental health services they provide to the community funded by a 2018 county public safety and mental health preservation millage.


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Well-being is not just about our mental health, but includes our physical health and both aspects combined. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Lisa McDowell, director of lifestyle medicine & clinical nutrition at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, about their new "Lifestyle Medicine Program," which educates people on how to enhance their overall health and even reverse some health issues.


Deana Fisher
St. Louis Center / stlouiscenter.org

For over 60 years, the St. Louis Center in Chelsea has housed those with developmental disabilities and helped them find employment and work toward independence. Yet, like many nonprofit organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the center financially and emotionally. The center's chief operations officer, Deana Fisher, joins WEMU's David Fair to discuss how her establishment and its residents have adapted to the pandemic.


Alexandros Maragakis
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Michigan has a number of underserved urban and rural communities with limited access to quality mental health services for children, yet most children in these communities have access to primary care.

Lisa Barry talks with Eastern Michigan University assistant professor Alexandros Maragakis about the grant he recently received to expand behavioral health services to underserved populations.


Roxane Raffin Chan
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

Many communities, including Washtenaw County, have declared racism a public health crisis. There are no simple cures for such a crisis, but holistic nursing consultant Dr. Roxane Raffin Chan has been providing services to help people cope with the racially-charged incidents in their lives. Dr. Chan explains how she and her company, Chan Body Energy, have responded to the United Way's 2021 21-Day Equity Challenge in a chat with WEMU's David Fair.


Stress
KBOO / kboo.fm

As the pandemic appears to be fading, reducing the chances of a threat to our physical health, the emotional toll from the last 15 months may be getting stronger.

Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and University of Michigan professor Dr. Robert Pasick about the increase in anxiety from all that we have been through and how to be emotionally stronger moving forward.


Hannah Palmer / The Sunflower Project

Hannah Palmer just started her senior year at Eastern Michigan University, but before she even graduates, she is finding purpose in her own personal pain by creating "The Sunflower Project."

She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about the goal of the mental health nonprofit and how she hopes to help those dealing with mental health challenges, beginning by sharing her own struggles and finding ways to support others who do as well.


Liza Baker
Liza Baker

The year-plus of the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult on everyone.  Yet, women, overall, have carried greater burden with both physical and mental ramifications.  Life and health coach Liza Baker has developed techniques to maintain and improve women's health and shared her methods with WEMU's David Fair. 


Michigan Medicine / medicine.umich.edu

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Tony King, an Ann Arbor psychologist, University of Michigan assistant professor of psychiatry, and researcher into several different mindfulness approaches and practices, about dealing with stress and anxiety, which has increased due to the last year in the pandemic.


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The University of Michigan Healthy Minds Study reports that college students are more depressed and anxious than ever.  More on this from WEMU’s Heather Irvine.


David McClister

The husband-and-wife singing duo Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount Trotter bring their passion for life to their music.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with them about the ups and downs they’ve experienced in their career and in a pandemic since the release of their sophomore studio album, "Hearts Town."

Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A letter and petition is being presented to Ann Arbor school officials asking for a date for in-person learning to resume in the ongoing pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with one of the letter organizers, Dr. Kim Monroe, about the letter.


Roz Gould Keith
Roz Gould Keith

There has been some progress made in societal acceptance of the trans community, but there is a long way to go.  Most communities still lack adequate support systems for trans people and their families to help navigate through.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," Roz Gould Keith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her family's journey and the nonprofit organization it inspired, Stand with Trans. 


Robert Pasick
Rob Pasick / robpasick.com

With increasing challenges in life these days, including a pandemic and now civil unrest at the nation's Capitol, many people may be at a loss on how to process the many emotions they are currently experiencing and wonder what to tell their kids.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and University of Michigan lecturer Dr. Robert Pasick, who shares some practical advice about how to feel okay when everything around you continues to feel like it's not.


Mike Tenbusch
International Samaritan / intsam.org

Millions of people around the world live near major garbage dumps.  Such conditions are a public health and environmental danger. The Ann Arbor-based nonprofit International Samaritan has been working for decades to help the people and improve the environmental conditions.  The organization's president, Mike Tenbusch, discussed the efforts with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

  

Fresh Start

The Fresh Start Clubhouse in Ann Arbor is in the process of becoming an independent organization in order to offer mental health services to more residents in Washtenaw County.  


Ann Arbor Reasonable Return
Ann Arbor Reasonable Return / a2reasonablereturn.org

The Ann Arbor public school district has been online only, offering a "virtual school day" since the school year began due to the coronavirus pandemic.  A group of parents calling themselves "Ann Arbor Reasonable Return" was formed to advocate for some type of in-person classroom teaching for some students.

Lisa Barry talks with one group member, Lilia Cortina, about their concerns and hopes for restoring some in person learning for students who are struggling learning online at home.


Crazy Wisdom
Jennifer Carson / Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  Lisa Barry talks with the owner of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room in Ann Arbor, Bill Zirinsky.

He talks about how the store has been a source of wellness and inspiration in Ann Arbor for over 30 years and how they can help in our healing as we ride out the current pandemic and other unsettling societal situations.


Veterans
Veterans Crisis Line / veteranscrisisline.net

Veterans Day 2020: The day we honor the men and women who fought for our freedoms and risked their lives serving in the military.

This year, many veterans face extra stresses returning back to civilian life, especially in a pandemic and numerous national disasters and civil unrest.  

Lisa Barry talks with Tyson Gatermann, Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, about concerns for the mental health of veterans this year.


Washtenaw County

Between May of 2019 and April of 2020, an additional 517 people received mental health services in Washtenaw County.  

David Dunning
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts / lsa.umich.edu

After a long campaign, multiple political claims, conflicts and controversies, and a couple of intense presidential debates, it is almost Election Day!

 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with University of Michigan psychologist Dr. David Dunning about so-called "election anxiety" and how to cope with that yourself and with friends and loved ones.


University of Michigan
Michigan Medicine / uofmhealth.org

As the seasons change and we all try to work our way through a pandemic, there can be a lot of challenges to our mental health.  Every year, many people suffer from "SAD" (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Melvin McInnis, associate director of the University of Michigan Depression Center and a university professor of psychiatry, about ways for dealing with SAD which may be compounded for some this year by our current global health crisis.


Cherisa Allen

When we talk about improving our health, a good way to start is what is happening in your mind and emotions even before getting to your body.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ypsilanti life coach, author, and social worker Cherisa Allen about "manifesting a healthier you" and how even during a global health crisis that is possible.


Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine / cordem.org

Mental health is on a lot of people’s minds these days as we continue to try and stay healthy and strong during our current global health crisis.  We hear a lot about the “men and women on the front lines,” and that means our health care workers, doctors, and nurses who have been dealing with unprecedented health challenges in unprecedented times due to COVID-19.

September 17th is "National Physician Suicide Awareness Day."  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr Anne Dohrenwend, a psychologist who serves as St. Joseph Mercy Health System's Regional Wellness Coach for Physicians in Ann Arbor.


City of Ypsilanti

Mental health will be one of the main topics of discussion during Tuesday's Ypsilanti city council meeting.  

COVID-19 Coping Study / covid19copingstudy.com

Looking for the impact of COVID-19 on older Americans, University of Michigan researchers Dr. Lindsay Kobayashi and Dr. Jessica Finlay surveyed nearly 7,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 100 to find out what they were most concerned about due to our current global health crisis.

They talk to WEMU's Lisa Barry about their findings and what can be done with that information to improve lives as the pandemic plays out moving forward.


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