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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.


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
Robert Pasick / robpasick.com

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."


Wikimedia Commons

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


Felicia Brabec
Felicia Brabec / feliciabrabec.com

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
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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
Pixabay / pixabay.com

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.   

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