New Americans in Michigan


What immigration does for Michigan and our economy?


By: Andy Northrop, Michigan State University Extension


Immigrants have always been a part of American culture. The country was founded by immigrants long after Native Americans established their communities here first, and the country (and world) continues to be shaped by immigration.

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Nurturing Success in a Mentoring Relationship

By: Terry Kuhns

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Having direction and a sense of purpose is important for anyone, but especially so for young adults trying to find their place in the world around them. That is why a primary goal of any mentoring relationship is to help the mentee take steps toward living a successful life. Success looks different for everyone, but in order to reach that success there needs to be a vision of how to get there. A wonderful technique that we encourage at PACT (People Achieving Change Today) is “visioneering.” Visioneering, according to bestselling author Andy Stanley, is “a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.” Quite simply, visioneering is the engineering of a vision.

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Get Up Again

By: Melissa Lee

Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that I dropped out of college at one point. When I follow that up with details about debilitating anxiety and depression being the culprit of my academic woes, they look at me like they’re waiting for me to deliver a poorly executed punch line. It usually take a solid 30 seconds before people realize that I’m being 100% honest with them. I can’t blame them for their initial skepticism – I like to think of myself as an overall bubbly & outgoing person and that’s the version of me that most people have come to know. But there was a point in my life when the sound of my alarm clock would induce nauseating panic attacks. It seems only fitting now that I find myself working for Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority and Saginaw MAX System of Care in a position where I can share my story and advocate for those who are experiencing some of the same struggles I went through. If you take anything away from my story, I hope it’s that you should never judge a book by its cover – just because someone is struggling now doesn’t mean that they will be struggling forever, and just because someone is successful and flourishing right now doesn’t mean they haven’t known struggle and pain. More importantly, I hope people struggling and stumbling through their own journey at the moment don’t ever stop getting up when they fall.

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Addressing Mental Health in African American Communities


By: Joseph Powell, Former President of the National Leadership Council on

African American Behavioral Health


Behavioral health is sometimes a taboo subject in African American communities and among those of African heritage. Some feel that talking about your emotional and mental well-being means there is something really wrong, but that isn’t the case at all. Just like we have to maintain our physical health, we have to maintain emotional and mental health.   In order to be healthy, we have to consider all parts of our being, including how we feel each day. One way to maintain good emotional and mental well-being is to prioritize physical health and nutrition. Research has shown that mental health disorders have a serious impact on physical health. Using stress reduction techniques like meditation and yoga, and making time for friends and family is important too!

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7 Myths About Child Mental Health

By: Harold S. Koplewicz, MD - President, Child Mind Institute

It is easy to empathize with suffering we can see: a child who has lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy, for instance. The suffering of a child with psychiatric issues is far less obvious. Many children and teens with emotional problems keep their pain secret. Others express their feelings in risky or offensive ways. Due largely to stigma—fear, shame, and misunderstanding about psychiatric disorders—the majority never receive clinical care.

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