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Free emotional support through the State of Michigan

October 23, 2020

Need someone to talk to? Free emotional support counseling is available

It’s no secret that COVID-19’s impact on the economy has created emotional distress within the business community: anxiety, depression, grief, fear, and relentless uncertainty about the future.

A behavioral health task force at the State of Michigan has provided a measure of relief by standing up the Michigan Stay Well counseling line. The line is staffed around the clock with trained crisis counselors who help residents process their feelings. Along with providing psychoeducational and emotional support, Stay Well counselors can connect residents to mental health resources in their communities or online—including group counseling sessions to ease the loneliness of isolation and allow residents to share their experiences.

To reach the counseling line, dial the state’s COVID-19 information hotline (1-888-535-3136) and press “8.” Remain on the line until you hear the prompt to speak with a Stay Well counselor. This service is free, confidential, and available 24/7, year-round.

For more guidance on coping with pandemic-related distress, visit

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