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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.


Mental Health
Long Beach City College / lbcc.edu

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, part of a month devoted to raising awareness of the struggles that impact most people from time to time.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with University of Michigan professor of psychology and psychiatry and the creator of "Mood Lifters" Dr. Patricia Deldin, who talks about the issues people are dealing with which are magnified by our global health crisis.


Robert Pasick
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and after everything that's been happening in our world recently, it may be more important than ever to talk about how you and your friends and family are doing.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor psychologist, University of Michigan professor, and author Dr. Robert Pasick about his latest ideas to cope with our current emotional struggles and keep mentally balanced at this difficult time.


Bob Quinn
Ross School of Business / michiganross.umich.edu

Now that the "stay home stay safe" executive order has been extended by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to mid-May, many people may be having a difficult time dealing with the extended restrictions.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Bob Quinn, professor emeritus of management and organizations and one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, who offers wise advice for dealing with what he called "the biggest event of our lifetime."


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The coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on many people’s mental health.


Felicia Brabec
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Dealing with the global health crisis from the coronavirus is difficult for most everyone, but those still working "on the front lines" are likely experiencing increased anxiety and a greater likelihood of mental health issues that could need support.

 

WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Felicia Brabec, a Washtenaw County commissioner and also a clinical psychologist, about a statewide mental health support program she's involved with.


John Greden
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According to Dr. John Greden, founder and director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, the impact on people's well being due to the coronavirus pandemic is not just on those who actually get the virus.  He spoke with WEMU's Lisa Barry and says knowing someone is there for you is crucial at this time as well as honest and realistic talk about what is going on.

David Zinn

With the streets of downtown Ann Arbor much emptier these days due to the current health crisis, local chalk artist David Zinn has been safely distancing and using the opportunity to keep his one-man business alive.  He's finding more places and more opportunities to bring a bit of joy to the community by drawing new chalk art creations around town.  

He spoke to WEMU's Lisa Barry about his latest efforts.


The University of Michigan’s Addiction Center says alcohol use could become an issue for some during the coronavirus pandemic.  


Michigan State Senate
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The state Senate leader says he wants to start planning now to allow some businesses to resume operations amid the coronavirus crisis.  Rick Pluta reports.


Michigan Medicine
Michigan Medicine / medicine.umich.edu

It's difficult not to feel emotionally uneasy in light of the spreading coronavirus and the impact trying to stop the spread is having on our lives.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Melvin McInnis, director of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program at the University of Michigan Depression Center, about ways to make sure we are staying emotionally healthy in these difficult times.


Anxiety
Center for Anxiety / centerforanxiety.org

Fear and anxiety are a normal response to what's happening locally and nationally due to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with University of Michigan professor in the departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, and founder of "Mood Lifters," Dr. Patricia Deldin about what to expect and ways to cope in light of those emotions most everyone is experiencing.


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An Ypsilanti Township event intended to help African American men feel comfortable with their emotions and communication has become more popular than expected.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Nate Frazier and Keyon Purite in a conversation that touches on many important topics including how emotions impact your overall life experience and what that life experience is like for a black man in 2020.


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The holidays can be a difficult time of year for many people.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with local author, speaker, and co-host of the TV show "MI Healthy Mind" Elizabeth Ann Atkins about how we can cultivate our own personal style of wellness and feel peaceful within.  


Mental Health
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Mental health patients might have to wait longer to get their conditions diagnosed – if they can get care at all.  That’s according to mental health counselors, who say a rule change by the state is about to put thousands of them out of business.  Rick Pluta has more.


Pinckney Players
Pinckney Players / pinckneyplayers.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performing arts scene. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by writer and reviewer Jenn McKee and guests from the Encore Musical Theatre Company to talk about the many local performance arts events taking place locally.


Prison
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Michigan’s prisons are in crisis: The state cannot find enough corrections officers to staff them.  Older officers are retiring, others are quitting.  And there are more than 600 officer positions waiting to be filled.  For corrections officers, that shortage means an exhausting, dangerous job is getting even tougher.


Lisa Barry

Thriving at work is crucial to many people's sense of well-being.  People are spending more and more time in the workplace and Dr. Gretchen Spreitzer, faculty director for the Center For Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, says it is ever more important to who we are as individuals to feel fulfilled at work.  She says we spend so much time on the job now, it's about more than just earning a paycheck for many people.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder delivers his eighth State of the State address Tuesday.  The State of the State is a yearly event where the governor lays out his priorities for the upcoming year.  Some lawmakers have wish lists for what they want the governor to talk about. 


Michigan Capitol
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Lansing’s lawmakers won’t return to the Capitol until next week.  But they’ve already got big plans for 2018.


Robert Pasick

The end of a calendar year is typically a time of deep personal reflection for a lot of people.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to a local psychologist about the mentally healthiest way to look back but keep moving forward into the New Year.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Experts in mental health and criminal justice were in Lansing Tuesday as part of Governor Rick Snyder’s efforts to overhaul both systems – and help people struggling with addiction, unemployment, and, sometimes, criminal behavior.   

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Election Day is right around the corner, and voters in Washtenaw County will decide what has turned out to be a somewhat divisive ballot measure. It appears on the ballot as the “Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage.”  Those who favor passage of the 8-year, one mill tax say the more than $15 million  it would generate annually is essential to the future of policing at the intersection of mental health services.  Those who oppose it contend too much of the money is being directed inappropriately and may, in fact, be subject to legal challenge.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

On November 7th, Washtenaw County residents will vote on an 8-year tax, one mill tax question. It's designed to improve public safety and mental health services, but the structure of the proposal has created divisions between communities. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses his support of the tax proposal with WEMU's David Fair.


Eastern Michigan University

Most everyone has been touched one way or another by suicide.  To raise awareness of suicide prevention, a community walk is planned Friday, September 29th on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  The Out of the Darkness Community Walk will begin with opening remarks from local 12th district Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with Congresswoman Dingell about the event.

Dr. Dayna LePlatte

The start of the school year can be exciting for students, their parents, and educators, but it also brings a lot of uncertainty and change.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Dayna LePlatte, a Michigan Medicine psychiatrist and medical school instructor, for some tips on dealing with the "back to school blues."


On the heels of Monday night's community forum on opioid epidemic and related mental health and public safety issues at Saline High School, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to add to the conversation. The 12th district Democrat from Dearborn shared her family's addiction issues and discussed the need for a change in the social and legislative approach to garner more positive outcomes.  


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote tonight on language for a proposal for the November ballot.  


Michigan Senate
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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission


Rick Pluta / MPRN

There was a big rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to support improved mental health services and to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul how those services are paid for.


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