Helping Yourself & Others

If you or someone you love are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, it can be a scary and confusing time. LifeWays wants you to know that you're not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness in any given year. Chances are, you may know many people that currently have or have had a mental illness. Most people with mental illness still lead fulfilling, fully functional lives with proper care and treatment. The first step is getting the care that you need.

If you are unsure about whether you should seek treatment, you can take our confidential online mental health screening, which may help you determine whether what you're experiencing might be mental illness. You can also call us at 517.789.1200 and talk to one of our staff about your symptoms and whether you might be eligible for behavioral health treatment.

Once you are connected with care, there are still things you can do to help advocate for yourself and others with mental illness. If you or someone you love is being treated at LifeWays or has been treated by LifeWays in the past, you may be eligible to be a part of the LifeWays Consumers Advisory Council. The Consumer Advisory Council is a group of individuals who meet monthly and advise LifeWays on programs and services based on the unique perspective of a person who is currently receiving services or has received services in the past. If you are interested in being a part of the LifeWays Consumer Advisory Council, please call the LifeWays Customer Services department at 517.780.3332.

Another opportunity that might be available to you is the Recipient Rights Advisory Committee. The Recipient Rights Advisory Committee consists of appointed persons either currently receiving services from LifeWays, their family members, or community members, representing various perspectives. If you are interested in participating in the Recipient Rights Advisory Committee, please contact the LifeWays Recipient Rights department at 517.789.1237.