2020 has proven to be especially challenging not only for people who have become ill with COVID-19, but for the strain it has put on essential workers in various fields, businesses that have been shuttered temporarily or permanently, unemployment and the challenges faced due to losing a job, children/young adults who have been displaced from schools/universities and coping with new ways of learning and diminished social activity, and so much more. Everyone has been forced into lifestyle changes that are not always comfortable. COVID Fatigue is real! On top of that, we are into the holiday season during which many people feel holiday sadness or depression.
There are resources available even if you just need someone to talk to during this difficult time or you don’t know how to go about getting the help you need to keep a roof over your head, food on your table, heat in your home, and more.
St Clair County Community Mental Health
SCCCMH has adjusted all services to be available 24/7 to assist with peoples needs in-person or through tele-health. They are available to help individuals regardless of whether you have insurance or not.
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Information can be located on the SCCCMH site:
- COVID-19 Support Line – available Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Phone: (810) 985-8900
Text: (810) 956-6335
- Region 10 Access Line (888) 225-4447
- Crisis Response Available 24/7
- In-Person crisis support – Mobile Crisis Unit (810) 966-2575
- Pandemic Response Team – available to assist front line staff at hospitals and the health department through overwhelming stress and exhaustion of what they are dealing with. This is a free service.
- Kids services – Staff members dedicated to kids and stresses they are feeling due to COVID-19. Kids may or may not be talking about things bothering them during this difficult time. Watch for changes in your children. This could be a warning sign they need to talk to someone.
- Kids with special needs – Dedicated staff available to assist with all types of circumstances
If in doubt what phone number to call when seeking services, call (888) 225-4447. If you have a mental health emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. The Mobile Crisis Unit will respond to any location in St. Clair County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist individuals who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness. To reach the Mobile Crisis Unit call (810) 966-2575.
SCCCMH encourages all people to exercise and eat healthy which helps how you feel both physically and mentally. If you are interested in Yoga, they offer virtual classes via Zoom. Go to: https://www.scccmh.org/events/yoga/ for more information.
Community Service Coordinating Body
SCCCMH also works with the Community Service Coordinating Body (CSCB) which assists in collaborating with other agencies to help people get whatever information or assistance they need. Their website can be found at https://cscbinfo.org/ Their information is also available through 211. For a list of services and/or resources they can assist with, please go to: https://cscbinfo.org/resources/covid-19/ or look for them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SCCCSCB/ Their COVID-19 Support Line is: (810) 985-8900.
If you don’t know where to turn to for assistance with food distribution, utility assistance, unemployment, business resources, benefits, housing, healthcare and much more, contact them through the support line.
2-1-1- is a free, easy to remember telephone number that connects people in need with people who can help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. St. Clair County is in the Northeast Michigan 2-1-1 region. As indicated under the CSCB, 2-1-1 is an easy number to remember to call when searching for assistance with food distribution, utility assistance, unemployment, business resources, benefits, housing, healthcare and much more.
For more information about 211, please go to their website at: https://www.211nemichigan.org/home.html
If you or someone you know is in crisis and considering suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both of these services are free, confidential, and available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the Lifeline’s website or the Crisis Text Line’s website.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Service members and Veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified, caring Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text messaging service. Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone or send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA responder. You can also start a confidential online chat session at veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat.
For more information about the National Institute of Mental Health please visit their website at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
When things seem hopeless and you feel all alone, please reach out to one of the organizations mentioned above to talk to someone who will help you with compassion and treat your information with confidentiality.