GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services partnered with the state of Michigan to address a critical statewide need for individuals with behavioral health concerns who also have COVID-19. They have opened a new inpatient and residential psychiatric services unit helping people cope during the pandemic. According to the organizations Vice President & COO Bob Nykamp, their mission is to help people who may harm themselves or others as well as help those who are unable to access general psychiatric units around the state.
Nykamp said their research team identified a second epidemic stemming from the connection of behavioral health issues and COVID–19. He offered a list of resources for those residing in Northeast Michigan and added that the Pine Rest facility is accepting referrals from departments and agencies in Northeast Michigan.
Nykamp strongly encourages the public to get vaccinated and suggested visiting the Centers for Disease Control’s website if you feel apprehensive or need more information on vaccinations.