The New 988
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

This month, we want to echo the big news in mental health. You know about 911, the universal phone number for emergencies. On July 16th, a new emergency phone number was rolled out: 988.

988 is a free national suicide and crisis lifeline. In the past, the country had a patchwork of phone numbers and resources to help people in need of these specialized mental health services. This caused confusion and resulted in these valuable resources being underutilized. Now, when one dials (or texts) this single easy to remember number, it will direct you to the local mental health emergency center (out of over 200 nation-wide) where trained counselors will be there to help. Some of these professionals may specialize in veteran’s needs, or be able to speak multiple languages. The calls are confidential and the lines are open 24/7. The wait times for callers should not be much more than 3 minutes to speak to a live professional.

According to the CDC, suicide is the 12th leading cause of death, with 46,000 deaths in 2020 - many of them preventable. The new 988 phone line is a big step forward to helping save lives in mental health emergencies and we applaud this new important service!

Lynne Lyons, MD
Medical Director and Psychiatrist
Lakes Center Mental Health Network
Summer Depression
Ah, the joys of summer: The withering heat and school vacations, when your kids give you minute-to-minute updates on their boredom levels. Isn’t summer supposed to be fun and relaxing? If you’ve got summer depression, it isn’t.

For some people, summer depression has a biological cause, says Ian A. Cook, MD, the director of the Depression Research Program at UCLA. For others, the particular stresses of summer can pile up and make them feel miserable.

Especially hard is that you feel like you’re supposed to be having a great time. Everyone else seems so happy splashing in the water and sweating in their lawn chairs. So why can’t you? And more importantly, what can you do to make this summer easier? Here’s what you need to know about summer depression.

Nurture Your Friendships
Perhaps you’ve been spending too much time with one person, or you’ve been meaning to catch up with some old friends but just haven’t made the time. Well, now’s always a good opportunity to change this.
Connect with a Pet
Who says social wellness means interacting with humans? Bringing a dog into your life is a healthy decision for your physical and mental health. You may even consider getting a puppy to form an earlier bond.
We provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychotherapy services for a vast array of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic illness, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse/addiction, trauma related issues, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and behavior problems. Call (248) 859-2457 to set up an appointment.
Did you know? SPRAVATO® can have a rapid antidepressant response and is added on to an antidepressant and the rest of your regimen. It is the first new mechanism of action to treat depression that has come out in over 30 years. 
There is hope for treatment-resistant depression. Call (248) 859-2457 to set up an appointment.
Marsha Linehan, developer of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), explained that “people with Borderline Personality Disorder are like people with third degree burns over 90 percent of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.” We can help. Learn more.
Lakes Psychiatric Center remains open for business. We are offering Zoom online tele-therapy appointments for new and existing clients as well as in person sessions. Please contact the front desk to assist you with your appointment type or instructions for using Zoom. Call (248) 859-2457 for info.
Lakes Depression Center is continuing to provide SPRAVATO® treatments per the usual schedule. We have enhanced our safety and cleaning protocols. You are safe to start treatment or continue treatment. Call (248) 956-7164 for info.
Heidi Stamper, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Heidi has a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Wayne State University. She also has a Bachelors's Degree in Agriculture with a minor in Horticulture! She has extensive experience with the perinatal mental health population not only through her own experience but also through training from Postpartum Support International, The Bloom Foundation, Postpartum Progress, Beaumont Parenting Program, and as a clinician at Nature’s Playhouse in Ferndale. Heidi also has remained an active patient advocate for Sage Therapeutics, a leader in perinatal mood disorder research and pharmaceutical intervention.

Linda Sherman, LMSW
Clinical Social Worker

Linda is a licensed master social worker receiving her degree from Wayne State University in 1994. She works with a wide range of clients from the ages 18 and up. Areas of experience have been with Family and Youth assistance, and currently in clinical outpatient therapy. Linda has experience and very good outcomes with the LGBT community and hope to continue to service this community.
She treats a range of problem areas and concerns.