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Stay Well Program Overview

What is the Stay Well program?

The Stay Well program provides emotional support to Michiganders who have experienced mental health impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that everyone’s been touched by the pandemic in some way. Stay Well was created to help promote resilience and healing.

What does Stay Well offer?

We offer mental wellness education and support in a variety of settings, all designed to validate, normalize and humanize responses to the pandemic (i.e., you are feeling normal responses to an abnormal situation—and you are not alone).

Our services and resources include:

  • Webinars and online workshops for children, teenagers, educators, first responders, health care workers, those who are grieving, and those who are housing insecure and/or struggling with substance use disorders. Some of these workshops integrate art as a learning tool. Others offer opportunities for individual sharing and mutual support among participants.
  • Weekly discussion groups promoting the sharing of feelings, insights and wellness tips. Groups are held on the Zoom platform. Most groups cater to special populations; one group (“Be Kind to Your Mind”) is designed for anyone to attend.
  • Individual crisis counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the Stay Well counseling line. Dial 1-888-535-6136 and press “8” for free emotional support.
  • The Stay Well website: Michigan.gov/StayWell. Visit our site to:
    • Sign up for workshops and discussion groups
    • View helpful videos and recordings
    • Browse sharable wellness items (posters, stickers, coping tips, etc.) that can be ordered for free or downloaded and printed yourself.
    • Find emotional health helplines (phone or text)
    • Explore and download wellness brochures

The Stay Well program also creates customized presentations upon request for specific audiences. To connect with Stay Well for any purpose, contact Program Manager Erin Wallace at WallaceE3@michigan.gov or 517-242-8125.

Who runs the Stay Well program?

Stay Well is led by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) and Gryphon Place. It is supported by state and federal funding. The Stay Well team is composed of disaster behavioral health staff, licensed mental health professionals, and support staff. It is overseen by a multidisciplinary Advisory Committee with members from state government and the nonprofit sector.