mental health

SNN: Angst Documentary Screening

May 2, 2019
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A new documentary explores a topic many teens can relate to, but many more don’t often talk about….anxiety.

Anxiety is one of the most common psychological complaints in the world, according to the World Health Organization. And teenagers are no stranger to it. A free film and conversation about anxiety and raising awareness around it takes place on Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm on the campus of Kent ISD.

Michigan Capitol Building
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Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation that would upgrade mental health resources in hospitals and schools as part of a slew of reform bills shuffling through the state House.

One bill passed Wednesday in Lansing would create an electronic database for the state's inpatient psychiatric bed registry. Representatives voted 106-3 for the measure which aims to streamline hospital placement and emergency room wait times for psychiatric patients.

Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan the story of a new approach for hope and healing individuals facing mental health challenges. Nonprofit Journey’s Dream hosted a fundraising event this past weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field is raising awareness and dollars funding what it calls “a portal to a world of mental health solutions.” 

Journey’s Dream co-founders are Illinois resident and businessman Mark Hattas diagnosed with a mental illness and Mitzi Montague-Bauer, the mother of Journey Montague-Bauer.

We discuss the topic of anxiety with Lara Akinrinade and Amanda Malbouef from Forest View Hospital.

Be Nice.

Mar 8, 2017

The "Be Nice" program is operated by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, recently teaming up with with GVSU President Emeritus Don Lubbers and Nancy Lubbers to establish a fund to honor their son's memory.

A  local National Mental Health Campaign launches locally through a GVSU student group, GrandPR. We talk to Lauren Ritsema about the Campaign to Change Direction and this Bateman Competition.

Publisher revives journalist's memoir of mental hospital

Jan 23, 2017

A publisher is bringing back a 1950's memoir written by a journalist who spent 45 days in a Traverse City psychiatric hospital.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle says Mission Point Press is donating $1 from each book sale to a local historical society to help create a permanent exhibit of artifacts from the old Traverse City State Hospital.

"How Thin The Veil" was written by Jack Kerkhoff after he checked into the hospital for severe depression. Mission Point Press business manager Doug Weaver says the book was the "perfect snapshot" of the hospital at the time.

The next leader of the Michigan House says he wants to bring experts together to discuss mental health treatment. 

The number of mentally ill prisoners in the prison system has grown 14 percent since 2012 to roughly 9,400.

Tom Leonard of DeWitt, who soon will become House speaker, says "early intervention" for people with mental illness saves money and can keep the public safe.

The Detroit News  reports that many mentally ill inmates cost an average of $95,000 to house at a special prison in Whitmore Lake.

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A man who was once hospitalized for depression cannot legally buy a gun in Michigan – at least not without a court fight.

That’s the decision handed down recently by a federal appeals court.

Southern Michigan resident Clifford Tyler was turned away by a gun dealer after a background check revealed his history of being hospitalized for depression.

Tyler is seventy-four years-old, and his hospitalization was more than 30 years ago following a divorce. He says he has not had any mental health concerns since.

Ethel and James Flinn Foundation

A nonprofit has partnered with the state of Michigan to air a series of documentaries and public service announcements in an effort to raise awareness about mental health issues.

Andrea Cole, executive director of the Detroit-based Ethel & James Flinn Foundation, tells the Lansing State Journal that the "Opening Minds, Ending Stigma" campaign aims to show that behavioral health treatment is a normal part of health care.

The first spots aired on TV and online in May, Mental Health Month.