Resources for Midland Area Mental Health Providers Added to


In order to connect mental health providers in the region, including Midland, with valuable mental health information and tools, additional resources have been added to, thanks to the work of several organizations and task forces, including the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Great Lakes Initiative of the Bay Region Mental Health Partnership and 211 Northeast Michigan.

These resources are specifically for those involved in providing mental health care to help address compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary and vicarious trauma.

“We know that the region has gained more than 150 mental health care providers over the past few years and that much more needs to be done to improve access to mental health care for patients of all types,” said said Dr. Matthew Samocki, Director. of the THRIVE portfolio and a member of the leadership team of the Great Lakes Bay Area Mental Health Partnership. “Supporting our mental health care providers is a way to address issues such as compassion fatigue and burnout, as well as continue to strengthen the network of providers in the region. »

Supporting mental health providers in the Great Lakes Bay Area and across Michigan means providers can also focus on their own health, which in turn improves quality and access to care In the region. Available resources include videos, articles, podcasts, books and more, all aimed at meeting the needs of mental health providers.

Mental health care providers spend their time listening to and helping people who are experiencing a range of mental and emotional health issues. This can impact the provider in a number of ways and potentially lead to care and access issues,” said Janine Ouderkirk, President of the Mental Health Provider Community & Wellness Group and Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership Steering Team At- Large Member. “Providing care to our caregivers, helping to connect mental health professionals to a network of peers, and sharing resources between all licenses, including non-traditional providers, is a huge step forward in meeting the global needs in mental health in our region. is a web-based resource that helps connect individuals, families, healthcare professionals, educators, businesses, and nonprofits who want to connect with information, resources, and health care providers. Mental Health. Powered by 211, is a statewide online directory and referral resource of providers who can meet a variety of mental health needs for people of all ages. was launched in 2019 with help and guidance from MyMichigan Health and 211 Northeast Michigan, with seed funding from Dow. It was the state’s first online community for mental health resources. More information can be found at


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