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Michigan Chronicle Article

There’s a mental health crisis facing college students. One in five young people between the ages of 14 to 24 will experience mental illness.  Left untreated, it can cause bigger problems later on.

With September being Suicide Prevention Month and many victims –particularly young people experiencing mental health disorders, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have teamed up to change the conversation about mental health as they broadcast “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges.”

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Oakland Press Article

A group of Oakland University students will make their television debut on Sunday, Sept. 24 when the documentary they are in premieres on WXYZ.

The broadcast “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges” was a joint project by the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and features students from Oakland, Wayne State, Western Michigan, and Eastern Michigan Universities. The 30-minute program is part of a statewide campaign targeting young people and college students, letting them know it’s okay to talk about mental health and seek help.

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Opening Minds, Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges – Press Release

FLINN FOUNDATION CONTACT: John O’Donnell, 248 496 0029, john1719@gmail.com

MDHHS CONTACT: Angela Minicuci, 517-241-2112, minicucia@michigan.gov

DETROIT, MI

“OPENING MINDS, ENDING STIGMA: Campus Challenges”

New TV Special and Public Service Announcements starring young people to raise awareness about mental health and seeking help

There’s a mental health crisis facing college students. One in five young people between the ages of 14 to 24 will experience mental illness. Left untreated, it can cause bigger problems later on.

With September being Suicide Prevention Month and many victims – particularly young people experiencing mental health disorders, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have teamed up to change the conversation about mental health as they broadcast “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges.”

The “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges” special will premiere Saturday, Sept 23, 7:30 p.m. on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. on WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

The special is part of a statewide campaign that also includes new PSAs targeting young people and college students and letting them know it is ok to talk about mental health and to seek help.

The 30-minute program features inspiring and candid stories of college students and their families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental health conditions, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Also discussed is the rising suicide rate among young people on campus. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

A new statewide initiative to improve student mental health and suicide prevention efforts on Michigan college campuses is also highlighted in the special. The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are partnering with the JED Foundation to bring the JED Campus Program to 13 Michigan colleges this fall.

Leading Michigan-based experts in healthcare, education, parent/child relationships and peer support programs also appear in the “Opening Minds, Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges” special to help bring greater understanding of the importance of early intervention and treatment.

“Treating mental illness shouldn’t be viewed any differently than treating physical illnesses,” said Andrea Cole, CEO of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation. “Young people go through many changes during the college years. It’s an exciting time but can be a difficult time for many. Telling young people it is ok to ask for help is critical.”

Lynda Zeller, Deputy Director of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said “Removing stigma is an absolutely critical piece for getting young people into treatment and support much earlier. Mental health treatment is much more successful when conditions are identified early and when people are supported in getting the help they need.”

Following the September broadcast premiere, the “Opening Minds, Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges” video may be accessed without charge for educational and community use at www.endingstigma.org. Other resources to continue the conversation includes an on-going web and social media campaign.

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The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is a Detroit-based private grant-making organization with a mission to improve the quality, scope and delivery of mental health services for people in Michigan. For more information, visit www.flinnfoundation.org.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides opportunities, services, and programs that promote a healthy, safe, and stable environment for residents to be self-sufficient. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs

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Caring For Kids WJR-AM

Andrea Cole, CEO of the Flinn Foundation, appeared on WJR’s “Caring For Kids” radio show this morning to talk about the Opening Minds Ending Stigma campaign and more.  To listen to this morning’s show, click on the “Listen Here” link below, and select the May 23 option.

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May 2017 Press Release

FLINN FOUNDATION CONTACT: John O’Donnell, 248-496-0029

MDHHS CONTACT: Jennifer Eisner, 517-241-2112

May 2017

“OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA: BREAKING BARRIERS” HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS IN STATEWIDE BROADCAST CAMPAIGN

It impacts every family, every neighborhood, every race and religion. But mental health conditions are treatable.

OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA, a statewide campaign launched a year ago by the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is debuting a new mental health awareness broadcast in May to coincide with Mental Health Month.

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Breaking Barriers,” a riveting 30-minute documentary, airs in Detroit and Grand Rapids in May. The program features candid and inspiring stories of Michigan families impacted by mental illness, who, following treatment and recovery, are actively involved in mental health advocacy and support. Exact show times include:

Sunday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit

Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. on WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids

While one in five people will experience a mental health condition in a given year, too often help is not sought. Often it is stigma that may come from our own expectations, our family’s, as well as cultural and religious views, that present additional roadblocks. Communities of color are often more reluctant to talk about mental health (the National Alliance on Mental Illness found African Americans are 20-percent more likely to experience severe mental health conditions). But there is help!

Mental illness is a health condition, that is treatable –just as physical conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Research has shown people with mental health conditions can live full productive lives. Research has also shown that without proper treatment, mental health conditions can worsen and make day-to-day life difficult.

Andrea Cole, Executive Director and CEO of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation said “We are working hard to improve access to mental health treatment which should be part of everyone’s routine health care. We know that early intervention and treating the whole body in an integrated approach is critical and helps reduce stigma by normalizing care.”

Cole added “But we also have to change some of the misconceptions about mental health. The goal of this campaign is to continue this conversation within our homes, schools, places of worship and health care community to educate ourselves about mental health so we are more comfortable seeking help and able to get treatment when we need it.”

Lynda Zeller, Deputy Director of the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the state’s goal is to make public community mental health services as accessible as possible.

“There are 46 Community Mental Health Services Programs in Michigan serving all 83 counties,” Zeller said. “You can always seek help at Community Mental Health. There are crisis lines 24-7. Counseling centers in universities and colleges are also very good places to seek help.”

Following the May broadcasts, “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Breaking Barriers” may be accessed without charge for educational and community use at www.endingstigma.org. The conversation is also continuing with an on-going web and social media campaign, including public services announcements.

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The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is a Detroit-based private grant-making organization with a mission to improve the quality, scope and delivery of mental health services for people in Michigan. For more information, visit www.flinnfoundation.org.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides opportunities, services, and programs that promote a healthy, safe and stable environment for residents to be self-sufficient. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs.

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Press Release

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FLINN FOUNDATION CONTACT: John O’Donnell, 248 496 0029, john1719@gmail.com
MDHHS CONTACT: Jennifer Eisner, 517-241-2112, eisnerj@michigan.gov

“OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA” STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN DEBUTS
TV Specials and Public Service Announcements starring young people
to raise awareness about mental illness and seeking help

DETROIT, Mich.

One in five young people between the ages of 14 to 24 will experience mental illness. Left
untreated, it can cause bigger problems later on.

With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have teamed up to change the conversation with young people about mental illness as they launch the “Opening Minds Ending Stigma” statewide campaign.

The effort will include the broadcast of “Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Early Intervention is Key,” a documentary special premiering Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. on WOTV in Grand Rapids, and Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m. on CBS 62 in Detroit and WOOD TV-8 in Grand Rapids.

The 30-minute film features inspiring and candid stories of young Michigan residents and families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental disorders, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Leading Michigan-based experts in pediatric care, educators, parent/child relationships and peer support programs also appear to bring greater understanding of the importance of early intervention.

“Treating mental illness shouldn’t be viewed any differently than treating physical illnesses,” said Andrea Cole, executive director and CEO of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation. “Too often the stigma associated with mental illness prevents our youth from seeking help,” said Nick Lyon, director with the MDHHS. “Thanks to the tremendous programs in our communities highlighted in this campaign, more youth are being connected to resources, and we hope to see programs such as these continue to grow across Michigan.”

Following the May broadcast premiere (check local listings), the “Early Intervention is Key” video may be accessed without charge for educational and community use at www.endingstigma.org.

Other resources to continue the conversation will be an on-going web and social media campaign, along with plans for a September production in the OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA series.

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The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is a Detroit-based private grant-making organization with a mission to improve the quality, scope and delivery of mental health services for people in Michigan. For more information, visit www.flinnfoundation.org.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides opportunities, services, and programs that promote a healthy, safe, and stable environment for residents to be self-sufficient. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs