2017-01-08 / Insight

CMH offers numerous support outlets

BY KRYSTAL MORALEE
810-452-2609 • kmoralee@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — At Lapeer County Community Mental Health (CMH), support comes in all forms. While support groups are traditionally thought of as something someone attends while going through a difficult situation, or afterward, CMH is taking a more holistic approach.

“It’s called integrated health care, and it’s a huge movement,” said CMH communications specialist Melody Munro-Wolfe. “We need to coordinate people’s medical care with mental health care and substance abuse care.”

CMH is a place where people go for help with mental illness, disorders and more, including substance abuse. There are programs to assist CMH clients, and there are also programs to help the community at large, should they find the need. One group is called the Double Trouble in Recovery group, which is a fellowship of men and women who are dealing with not only substance abuse, but also with a mental health issue that requires medication to manage. Because medication is sometimes not encouraged in some substance abuse programs, this group of individuals have special needs when it comes to support. For more information, contact Carl Valliquette or Matt McKinney at 810-667-0500.

There is also a group for family and friends of someone who has a mental illness or substance abuse disorder, because the impact spreads beyond the individual. The Family and Friends Support Network is in place to help people understand the disorders, learn what to do in an emergency, cope, and find peace again. The group is open to anyone who cares about someone with a mental health or substance abuse disorder, whether or not they are receiving services at CMH. Drop-in from 4-5 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at CMH, 1570 Suncrest Dr. Call Dawn Sandoval at 810- 667-0500 for more information, or email dsandoval@lapeercmh.org.

Another support group is in place to help people who are dealing with the aftermath of suicide. It’s hosted by local counselors, and is open to anyone who has lost someone to suicide. These groups are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at Harmony Hall, 219 S. Saginaw St.

On Monday, Jan. 9, CMH will hold an open house from 10-11 a.m. at the Maple Grove Campus, 2020 Imlay City Rd., to kick off a new parent seminar series, which is designed as an ongoing support system for parents dealing with children’s social and emotional needs, and identifying problems. There will be one seminar a month, featuring topics such as self-injury and cutting, coping skills, internet safety, loss and grief, addiction and recover, bullying, special education, anger management and more. Call 810-245-4900 for more information.

Promoting wellness is another way in which CMH is offering support to the community. Mindfulness Mondays take place from 2-3 p.m. every Monday, where participants can learn to change negative behaviors, learn to appreciate who they are, live life with gratitude, and free themselves from suffering. Contact Domenica at 810-667-0500 for more information.

Finally, a healthy mind is well and good, but without a healthy body, something will be lacking, so CMH is offering free exercise classes, Monday through Friday, to anyone who would like to attend, beginner to advanced, ages 18 and older. These classes begin Monday, Jan. 9. On Mondays, the exercise room is open from 9-10 a.m. and the equipment is available for use. Yoga is offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. A medicine ball class takes place on Thursdays from 9-10 a.m., and open gym/dynamic walking is offered on Fridays from 10-11 a.m. Call 810-667-0500 for more information.

All of the groups and classes are free and confidential.

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