As the new coronavirus continues to spread, so do anxieties for most people during the pandemic.
Whether it’s dealing with at-risk family members, loss of income, trying to juggle work, while keeping children occupied, stress can easily pile up and negatively impact most people — both physically and mentally.
The Northeast Integrated Health in Detroit wants to support families during these difficult times by providing innovative community-based services through behavioral and primary healthcare at their new psychiatric urgent care.
Sherry McRill, president and CEO, of the Northeast Integrated Health, says, it’s important for a psychiatric urgent care to open for anyone dealing with mental health issues, during a pandemic.
“People living with mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19 from managing anxiety, understanding social isolation to accessing healthcare and medications,” she said. “Opening an urgent care facility is an accessible alternative to meet the unique needs of individuals and decrease emergency room experiences and potential COVID-19 exposure.”
The new urgent care offers same-day psychiatric services and walk-ins for anyone experiencing
symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, disturbing thoughts, acute grief
reactions or trouble managing daily activities.
The services also include crisis intervention, medication reviews, nursing assessments, and injections. Also, psychiatric evaluations, peer support, and non-ER transport.
“Anxiety is one of the many things that people are having to cope with during this unprecedented time. Others include depression or sadness, anger, irritability, and fear. Though these are all quite common reactions to stress, seeking behavioral health treatment can help alleviate these feelings and prevent them from getting worse,” said Catherine Spinney, chief operating officer at Northeast Integrated Health.
Donald Mayes, 56, of Detroit says he is relieved to have urgent care in his community that is dedicated to the well-being of others.
“I’m so pleased to see that mental health is being taken seriously these days, especially during this pandemic,” Mayes said. “Having this urgent care in the Detroit community can really save a lot of lives. You never know if your neighbor next door is battling suicidal thoughts just dealing with the day-to-day isolation from everyone. It’s a great feeling to know that people can have a safe place to go when they are in need of mental help or just in need of someone to talk to if they are falling into any sort of depression.”
The Psychiatric Urgent Care is located at 12800 East Warren in Detroit. The hours of operation are Mon-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It’s a judgment-free zone when you enter our psychiatric facility says McRill.
“Accept that your feelings are normal and don’t judge yourself,” said McRill. “Feelings of depression and anxiety can keep you from feeling in control of your life. Talk to someone who won’t judge you for the way you feel, but try to avoid talking to someone who will fuel your anxiety even further.”
We want the best for our patients, stated Spinney.
“Our mission is to provide a “No Wrong Door” policy for people seeking behavioral health services and eliminate barriers to treatment. We provide same-day services and crisis intervention to reduce unnecessary hospital or emergency department visits and provide a resource to people who are struggling during the pandemic,” she added.
For more information on the Northeast Integrated Health call 313-824-5623 or the access line at 877-242-4140.