Any suicidal thought is a risk. Help is always available. HealthWest's 24/7 crisis line is (231) 722-HELP. Anyone with a mental health concern can also walk into our offices at 376 E. Apple Ave., during business hours for an assessment. If there is an immediate fear of death or injury, please call 911.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line:
Text Home to 741741

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
(888) 628-9454

LGBTQ Youth Hotline
(866) 488-7386

Suicide Hotline for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
(800) 799-4889

 

Media & Advocacy

HealthWest is here to advocate on behalf of individuals in services and support those working to improve behavioral health outcomes in our community. You can find information, shareable social media graphics and more on important issues affecting the mental health system below.

 

System Privatization

HealthWest is opposed to current privatization efforts underway in the state Senate. Senate Bills 597 & 598 would hand the state’s public mental health system over to for-profit insurance companies. These bills, if approved, would end local oversight of the state’s behavioral health safety net, increase the cost for services, potentially eliminate critical care that many individuals receive, and dismantle the current Community Mental Health system. Below, you can find a variety of graphics individuals are encouraged to download and share on their own social media sites, information on these bills, and steps they can take to fight these devastating proposals.

 

Click Here to Sign our Petition Against Community Mental Health Privatization

 

What you can do:

  • Contact your state legislators to tell them how these bills would affect the state’s mental health safety net
  • Share the graphics linked below to your own social media sites
  • Encourage others to speak out on these efforts

 

Lawmaker Contacts:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – (517) 335-7858

Sen. Jon Bumstead – Toll-Free: (855) 347- 8034, Phone: (517) 373-1635, Fax: (517) 373-3300, E-Mail: SenJBumstead@senate.michigan.gov

Rep. Terry Sabo – Toll-Free: (877) 411-3684, Phone: (517) 373-2646, Fax: (517) 373-9646, E-Mail: TerrySabo@house.mi.gov

Rep. Greg VanWoerkom – Toll-Free: (877) 633-0331, Phone: (517) 373-3436,  Fax: (517) 373-9698, E-Mail: GregVanWoerkom@house.mi.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

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