How do you know when it’s time to seek professional help for mental health or substance use challenges? Similar to maintaining your physical health, you should seek help if you see warning signs of a larger problem. Just like you wouldn’t wait to get help if you experienced any heart attack warning signs, you shouldn’t wait to get help if you experience signs of a mental health or substance use challenge. And remember, seeking help is a sign of strength. Today, you will learn to recognize the warning signs for poor mental health and substance use challenges in yourself and others. The resources also include some initial screening questions that can help you assess your mental health or substance use as well as tools for how to seek help. If you use one of the online assessment tools and the results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or substance use disorder, consider sharing your results with someone. A doctor or mental health/substance use provider (such as a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about treatment options. Call your local Community Mental Health Authority to schedule an appointment today. If you need immediate help, you can reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 or using the chat box at You can also call the crisis line at your Community Mental Health Authority. If you are not in a crisis, but need someone to talk to, you can contact the Peer Support Warmline in Michigan. Warmlines are staffed by trained peers who have been through their own mental health struggles and know what it’s like to need help.

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The challenge is designed to spur change – in mindsets, behaviors, opportunities and practices. Please help us keep track of how individuals are engaging with the 21-Day Stigma Challenge resources and actions. Each action you take, each resource you review, will add a ticket in your name to the drawing for one of five $100 gift cards at the end of the challenge.

Do You Want To Learn More? Check Out These Additional Resources:

10 Signs of Mental Illness in Youth

Watch the 2-minute video 10 Common Warning Signs Of A Mental Health Condition to learn about how to recognize mental illness in youth.

17 Signs of Mental Illness

Watch the video Do You Have Any Of These 17 Signs? You Could Have A Mental Illness to learn how to recognize some of the most common symptoms of mental illness.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Options

Read this short webpage on Shatterproof’s website to learn about the types of treatment programs available for substance use disorders.

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