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Issues & Ale: The "frustrating" state of mental health care in Michigan

Apr 6, 2018

Panelists from left to right: Bob Sheehan, Kevin Fischer, Joe Linstroth, Jane Shank, and Milton Mack
Credit Steve Chrypinski / Michigan Radio

Mental illness is an issue that “knows no class, no gender, no race, no geography,” said Joe Linstroth, executive director of Stateside and host of Wednesday night’s Issues & Ale event.

He asked the audience – a full house at Jolly Pumpkin Dexter’s brewery – to raise their hands if they have a personal connection to mental health or mental illness. Most every hand went up.

The event focused on the state of mental health in Michigan, and joining Linstroth to discuss the issues were the following panelists:

The audience prepares for the Issues & Ale event to begin.
Credit Lindsey Scullen / Michigan Radio

Listen above to hear the panel discuss why the mental health system in Michigan, and across the country, remains “frustrating” for so many, what resources are available now for individuals and families, and what gives panelists hope that the system will improve into the future.

To learn more about the state of mental health in Michigan, check out Stateside's ongoing Minding Michigan series.

For information on upcoming Issues & Ale events, click here.