MDHHS Mental Health Resources

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), as part of its Stay Home, Stay Well initiative, is providing additional crisis mental health support. The MDHHS is stating that their new service launched last week and it is as simple as sending a text. By texting the keyword RESTORE to 741741, Michigan residents can now have a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor.

Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to texts from Michigan residents who are facing a mental health crisis — everything from anxiety and financial issues, to suicide and domestic violence. While this text line began due to the pandemic, MDHHS intends to continue offering the service in the future. As part of Michigan’s partnership with Crisis Text Line, people who text RESTORE to 741741 will receive referrals to local mental health resources and connections. Crisis texts are confidential, but this partnership will also provide the state with broad trends to understand the need for any additional services. If anyone in emotional distress feels a chat via text would be useful to resolve the emotions of the moment, the text line’s crisis counselors can help people shift from a heated moment to a calmer state.

Crisis Text Liner

Additional Resources For Stay Home, Stay Well Include:

  • The Headspace website, which provides free, evidence-based guided meditations. It includes at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercise (a type of meditation in which participants focus on being intensely aware of what they are sensing and feeling in the moment), sleep assistance, and children’s content to help address rising stress and anxiety. The resource is free and available to the public. Go to www.HeadSpace.com/MI.
  • The National Suicide Prevention hotline. People considering suicide are urged by MDHHS to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline for anyone in distress pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis. It is available 24/7, at 800-985-8255.  
  • The statewide “Warmline” for Michiganders living with persistent mental health conditions connects people with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma, or personal crises and are trained to support and empower the callers. The Warmline operates seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).

 Additional information about all of these resources can be found on the MDHHS Stay Home, Stay Well webpage, www.michigan.gov/StayWell.