New mental health help option coming to the area
To the editor: We appreciated seeing the “Tea with Miss Bea” column of 9/20/18, which advised the mother of a daughter with depression and included key local resources, including Northern Lakes Community Mental Health.
Your readers may be interested to know that a new resource will be coming to Crawford and Roscommon counties in February 2019, thanks to grants from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
F.A.S.T. (Family Assessment & Safety Team) is a mobile mental health crisis program for families with children and youth ages 0 through 20 in a mental health crisis. To best assist the child and family, the FAST team will provide phone support or a team of two will go to the person where the crisis is occurring – the home or some other community location. The team will help develop a safety plan and follow up care can last up to 90 days or until services are in place. For more information, community members may visit www.northernlakescmh.org/FAST or call 1-833-295-0616.
People may also gain free access to the evidence-based health and wellness application, “myStrength,” using the code “NLCMHcommunity” at http://www.northernlakescmh.org/mystrength/.
Karl V. Kovacs
CEO, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority