Mental Health Information and Local Resources

Albion Healthcare Alliance is dedicated to providing resources and information to the Albion community.  We recognize that mental health is an increasingly important issue.  This page gathers some useful information to review even in times of good health so that we can all be more aware of what is available.

People with mental illness can have symptoms that include a range of feelings, emotions, or experiences, including:

  • Shifts in mood
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep problems

Someone does not need to have all these symptoms, perhaps just one or two.  Detecting and treating a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or bipolar disorder, is not something to attempt on your own.

Like many health conditions, help for mental health concerns takes professional diagnosis and treatment. And the earlier you get treatment, the better.

Mental illness is not always easy to detect.   If you or a loved one has mental health concerns, get professional help. Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline—1-800-662-HELP (4357)—for 24-hour, free and confidential treatment referral. For more information, visit www.SAMHSA.gov/support.

Source: https://www.samhsa.gov/mental-health-treatment-works

This page has information about some local mental health resources and some local partnerships that can help people who are suffering from some of the symptoms on the list.

Local Mental Health Resources

Faith Based Partnership

The Albion Health Care Alliance is in partnership with the faith-based community, (Albion Ministerial Association) in a collaboration which supports equitable access to care and services.

This partnership also advocates and educates the public regarding health issues and needs. It is our endeavor to better serve individuals, families, our local community and surrounding areas through such partnerships. This is an embodiment of Albion Health Care Alliance’s mission and vision to be a recognized, trusted and collaborative community partner.

A partner which assists area residents in achieving optimal health through prevention and wellness programs.

Quarterly sessions are planned to coordinate efforts related to mental health with the faith leaders to provide resources and opportunities for feedback and requests for assistance.

The Surgeon General recently provided a report on mental health that is primarily addressed to the needs of youth.  The complete report is here: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/surgeon-general-youth-mental-health-advisory.pdf

In addition, we share some brief excerpts below.

“Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real, and they are widespread. But most importantly, they are treatable, and often preventable.”

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Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A.
Vice Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service
Surgeon General of the United States

“…coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity as a country to rebuild in a way that refocuses our identity and common values, puts people first, and strengthens our connections to each other.”

See more excerpts of the report below the local mental health care resources.  Or click here.

Local Mental Health Care Resources.

Fieldstone Center

Fieldstone Center
Acute crises, acute psychiatric illness, Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems, ... Read More

Summit Pointe Albion

Summit Pointe Albion
Person-centered community-based mental health services include psychological counseling, drug addiction/substance ... Read More

Summit Pointe Battle Creek

Summit Pointe Battle Creek
Summit Pointe helps people with mental health issues and developmental ... Read More

Grace Health – Behavioral Health

Grace Health - Behavioral Health
Behavioral health services include assessment, guidance, and treatment for stress ... Read More

Oaklawn Hospital Psychological Center – Outpatient Services

Oaklawn Hospital Psychological Center - Outpatient Services
The outpatient services staff treats adults, teenagers, and children. The ... Read More

The Ark Services for Youth

The Ark Services for Youth
The Ark serves youth and families in many counties including ... Read More

Christian Counseling of Battle Creek

Christian Counseling of Battle Creek
Provides affordable mental health treatment. Many insurances can be billed ... Read More

The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services

The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services
Offers counseling, crisis intervention, mental health, parenting support, and a ... Read More

S.A.F.E. Place 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

S.A.F.E. Place 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
A secure, family environment offering shelter, legal advocacy,children's advocate, and ... Read More

More Excerpts from the Surgeon General’s Report

"The Advisory includes essential recommendations for the institutions that surround young people and shape their day-to-day lives—schools, community organizations, health care systems, technology companies, media, funders and foundations, employers, and government. They all have an important role to play in supporting the mental health of children and youth. "

Surgeon General

“From 2009 to 2019, the proportion of high school students reporting persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness increased by 40%; the share seriously considering attempting suicide increased by 36%; and the share creating a suicide plan increased by 44%.”

“..some believe that the trends in reporting of mental health challenges are partly due to young people becoming more willing to openly discuss mental health concerns,23 other researchers point to the growing use of digital media, increasing academic pressure, limited access to mental health care, health risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, and broader stressors such as the … financial crisis, rising income inequality, racism, gun violence, and climate change.”

 

To get more involved with Suicide Prevention on a local level, visit the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Calhoun County.

 

Calhoun County has high rates of suicide, often higher than both the Michigan and US Value.

There are a number of risk factors associated with completed suicide and/or attempted suicide which include mental health disorders (i.e., depression, anxiety) and substance abuse (i.e., drug and alcohol use).

Suicide is a preventable death. To decrease the incidence of suicide deaths we can create awareness thereby reducing stigma, increase access to mental health care, provide better care coordination and crisis supports as well as align community and statewide systems.

The leading mechanism used in suicide completion in Calhoun County is by firearm.

Suicide Prevention Facilitator for Summit Pointe, Scott Teichmer, is himself a suicide attempt survivor.  
His series of videos on YouTube cover some of the ways that people can share their stories of having suicidal thoughts, or those who have lost a loved one.  

Watch the video below for an introduction, or visit his Youtube channel by clicking here.  Speak the Unspeakable.

We are stronger when we can talk things through.

  • Connect with other people.  In person.  

  • Be physically active.

  • Learn new skills

  • Give to others.

  • Pay attention to the present moment.

Visit this page to learn more:
https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/five-steps-to-mental-wellbeing/

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