2017-01-08 / Insight

CMH offers free app, a digital ‘health club for the mind’

BY KRYSTAL MORALEE
810-452-2609 •

LAPEER COUNTY — Whether you’re dealing with substance abuse, mental illness, or just the normal ups and downs of life, everyone struggles with their mood from time to time, but in-person support isn’t always available 24-7. However, Lapeer County Community Mental Health wants you to know there’s an app for that.

The myStrength program is a free tool available online or on mobile devices. It’s known as “the health club for your mind,” and it can offer helpful, healthy information so people can take control of their personal wellness. People who use services at Lapeer CMH can use it as support during the times between their appointments, but it’s also offered to the community at large.

“It would kind of get them through the rough spots of the week in addition to their therapy and groups here,” said Melody Munro-Wolfe, communications specialist at CMH. “It is a wonderful app if we could just get more interest going on it.”

To sign up, visit www.mystrength.com, click sign up, and enter the access code LAPCOMM. The sign-up process will include a brief wellness assessment and personal profile, which will personalize the program just for you. To get the app for iOS and Android devices, go to mystrength.com/mobile.

Judy Weaver, 67, of Lapeer is a state-certified peer support specialist, and she’s also in her 30th year of recovery from alcoholism and substance abuse. She began using the app a couple years ago at CMH, and she highly recommends it.

“What aren’t the benefits,” she said, laughing. “I’ve done the therapy, I’ve done the classes, I’ve done AA. I’ve done all these things, however, therapists, friends, AA people are not available 24-7.”

Weaver said she checks in with the app several times a day, where she can find videos, articles, exercises and more to help with whatever she might be experiencing at the moment.

“It is a resource that is so handy and dandy,” she said. “You can jump right in and plug in whatever you’re dealing with. You can take this with you and use it anytime you want.”

The app, Weaver said, works for a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationships, spirituality, mindfulness and weight management.

“It’s a tool that shows people that we all have a story, even though the words are different,” she said.

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