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Looking for support for you or someone you know? Resources are available and they come with a virtual hug. You've got this!



The greatest thing we can do is let people know they matter.

For Immediate Help

Washtenaw CMH CARES

Services for all ages; offer short-term stabilization services including individual and group therapy, peer support and psychiatry services.


Oakland Family Centers (Ann Arbor location)

Services for all ages; offer crisis stabilization and partial hospitalization programming, as well as long-term mental health counseling.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hotline for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings. Available 24/7.

  • Call or text 1-800-273-8255

  • Text the keyword “TALK” to 741741


Stay Well Counseling via the Covid-19 Hotline

Free counseling for those experiencing COVID-related anxiety. Available 24/7.

  • Call (888) 535-6136 and press “8”


Michigan Peer Warmline

Support for individuals with loved ones facing substance abuse and mental health conditions.

  • Call (888) 733-7753


Michigan Crisis Text Line

Support for individuals feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Available 24/7.

  • Text the keyword “RESTORE” to 741741


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline

Treatment referral and information services (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

  • Call 1-800-662-HELP and enter “4357”


The Trevor Project

Services for adolescents under the age of 25. Offer crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning individuals. Available 24/7.

  • Call 1-866-488-7386

  • Text “START” to 678678​​


Outpatient Counseling

St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Outpatient Behavioral Health

Services for all ages; offer inpatient and outpatient services, counseling, support groups, and classes.


U of M Depression Center at Rachel Upjohn

Counseling for all ages; offer individual and family therapies, education, consultations, and treatment services for mood disorders such as Bipolar and Major Depression.

Transformational Choices

Services for all ages; offer holistic programming including counseling and wellness coaching/consultations.

Thriving Minds

Behavioral health and mental health services for families; currently offering most programming via COVID-friendly telehealth services.

Therapist Finder

Website that allows you to search for a therapist near you; can filter therapists by what insurance they take, mental health specialty, type of therapy, etc.

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Get Educated

NAMI of Washtenaw County

Services for all ages; offer educational programming, support groups, advocacy, testimonials, research, and additional resources.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Services for all ages; offer educational resources for mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse.


Additional Mental Health Resources

Washtenaw County #WishYouKnew Resource Guide

Find local mental health and substance use disorder resources in Washtenaw County. Includes downloadable PDF. 


Mental Health First Aid

Includes support groups, help lines and educational resources.


NAMI National Guide

Includes help lines, community support resources, research, financial assistance and advocacy/legal resources.



Steps to Approaching Mental Health Conversations and Services.

1 | Timing.

It doesn’t have to be a perfect time, but it should be a time and place that allows you to speak freely with privacy and minimal distractions, such as taking a walk.

4 | Offer the help THEY need.

Offer reassurance, then ask how you can best support them where they are. Do they need more resources? Help connect them. Are they more comfortable talking to someone else? Help them find someone.

2 | Explain why you’re concerned.

You can say something as simple as, “I’ve noticed you don’t seem like yourself lately, I wanted to check in on how you’re doing.” Then listen.

5 | Thank them.

Let them know how grateful you are to listen, and how glad you are that they shared with you.

3 | Validate.

Make it clear you’re listening without judgment and move forward how they’re most comfortable. Let them know what they feel is  real, important, and worth talking about.

6 | Give it time. 

Understand that your loved one may need time, but that continuing to reach out and support them by listening may be the best thing you can do.

* SAMHSA (2020). Supporting a loved one dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders. https://tiny.cc/muk6tz.

Funding provided by 5 Healthy Towns and this piece was developed, in part, under grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Center for Disease Control, and Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, CDC, or DHHS.

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