It is safe to say quarantine and all the stress surrounding COVID-19 has taken a toll on many peoples' mental health.

I know I am beyond thankful to have been in therapy and can still have "telehealth" appointments where I video-chat with my therapist.

Now, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has teamed up with Headspace, which according to Michigan.gov, is "a global leader in mindfulness and meditation."

The website, named Stay Home, Stay MIndful, is the product of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Headspace working to make free mental health tools available to people during this pandemic.

“We want to be there for the people of Michigan and do our small part in helping them cope with rising levels of stress and anxiety during this public health crisis, said Rich Pierson, co-founder and CEO of Headspace. "That’s why we're humbled to partner with Governor Whitmer on increasing access to mental health resources for folks across the state.”

Stay Home, Stay MIndful is the latest in efforts by MDHHS to provide resources, following warmline which operates seven days a week at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753) to connect Michiganders with persistent mental health conditions with support.

Guides can also be found in the Resources section of MDHHS's coronavirus website.

You can find more meditation tips and videos like the one below at the official Stay Home, Stay MIndful website provided by Headspace, www.headspace.com/mi.

As always you can find the latest in the ever-changing world of updates on the pandemic at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Here are some of our own tips and tricks we have come up with and have learned from therapists like my own:

 

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