Governor Launches Free Mental Health Resources Amid COVID-19

Governor Whitmer, Headspace, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have partnered to provide Michigan residents with a new mental health resource.

The website https://www.headspace.com/mi offers specially-curated collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety.

“Michiganders have faced an unprecedented crisis over the past month, and in these uncertain times having access to mental health resources is crucial,” said  Whitmer.

“This virus has taken a toll on Michiganders’ physical and mental health. While we all stay home and stay safe, it is so important take the time to check in and take care yourself.  Michiganders are tough, but having access to tools like this one will help us all get through this together.”

Headspace is one of the first meditation apps and a leader in mindfulness and mental training. Studies have shown beneficial outcomes of interventions including reduced stress, increased compassion, and decreased aggression. 

“While Michiganders are working together to take the necessary steps to safeguard their physical health and safety, it’s also critical that we protect our mental health,” said Rich Pierson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Headspace.

“We want to be there for the people of Michigan and do our small part in helping them cope with rising levels of stress and anxiety during this public health crisis.”

Previously, the MDHHS launched warmline to connect people with certified peer support. The warmline operates 10 AM to 2 AM, seven days a week at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).

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