Hope Network helps Michiganders regain control of their lives with mental health care
While physical, mental and social barriers are affecting many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that barriers are different for everyone who is faced with them — and so are the ways they can overcome them.
Mental health is an often-overlooked and stigmatized aspect of an individual’s overall health and wellness, but it doesn’t have to be. Mental health affects how we navigate stress, socialize with others and make decisions during an emergency, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hope Network, the largest nonprofit mental health organization in Michigan, has been committed to providing a wide range of services that empower people to overcome challenges and achieve their highest level of independence for 50 years.
Each year, 34,000 people receive services from Hope Network. The range of services is vast, helping children who have autism, those who have a mental illness or who have a brain injury and adults who are returning citizens to the workforce, to name a few. Accessibility to these services is available across the state — Hope Network’s 3,100 team members serve people at 240 locations in every part of Michigan.
Hope Network works with 9,000 people every year who suffer from mental illness. The focus is on bringing about change –– not just managing behaviors. The organization helps people see their abilities and assume control over their lives.
Dr. Kiran Taylor, Hope Network’s Chief Medical Officer, observes that Hope Network and other community mental health providers have faced even greater challenges during the pandemic. “The individuals we serve are often our community’s most vulnerable, and the last few months have created mental, physical and financial challenges for many. And our own team members have faced these same challenges while bring incredible determination and compassion to those in their care.”
The CDC states that an individual may feel like they lost control over their life during the pandemic in one or several ways:
- Fear and worry about overall health and the health of your loved ones
- Financial situation or employment
- Loss of support services
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances
While there are well-known recommendations to reduce stress and improve mental health — such as eating well-balanced meals, exercising regularly, avoiding excessive alcohol and drug use and getting adequate sleep —there are many times when a mental health condition may require more personalized care.
By the numbers
One in five adults experience mental illness, according to the CDC, with one in 25 experiencing serious mental illness. Mental illness can develop early: 17% of children ages 6-17 have a mental health disorder. Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24 — and 90% of adults and children who die from suicide have experienced a mental health condition.
The challenge, however, is that mental health illness is often stigmatized — and in most cases, it goes untreated. Hope Network is committed to reversing these stigmatizations so that people get the care they need. Between Aug. 28-30, Hope Network will host a One in Five Virtual 5K run to raise money and awareness for untreated mental illness. More information is available at virtual1in5k.com.
Phil Weaver, Hope Network’s CEO, said that we started the “One in Five” to bring people together from around the state of Michigan around the cause of mental health, an issue that is especially timely now. While we can’t gather in person this year, the virtual run allows even more people to participate from across Michigan and the world. And by running, they also demonstrate the importance of activity in boosting your mental outlook.
Personalized, relationship-focused care
At Hope Network, each person’s treatment plan is one-of-a-kind and includes intervention techniques, monitoring progress and coordinating care. The organization provides crisis screening — including mobile crisis services — for adults and children. It also provides crisis residential services for adults and children at locations around the state — each with a trauma-focused, relationship-focused approached to care. Hope Network also offers outpatient therapy and counseling.
When people reach out to Hope Network, they can expect a whole-health wellness focus. All treatment plans are personalized and developed to take into account physical and behavioral health care, housing, relationships, legal issues and more.
Hope Network’s efforts depends on the support of people who are willing to partner or work with the organization, or to attend an event or make a donation. To learn more information about opportunities to show your support, visit hopenetwork.org.
To learn more about Hope Network’s services and how you can keep your mental health a top priority, visit hopenetwork.org.