We’re glad you’re here
Michigan Minds Empowered is a mental health resource hub for teens and young adults experiencing changes in thinking, emotions, and sensory perceptions such as hearing or seeing things that others don’t.
Although these experiences can feel unusual, they’re not uncommon. And with the right kind of support, it gets better.
Michigan’s specialty care programs, NAVIGATE and ACT Early, support young people and their families through a range of recovery-oriented services focused on reaching personal goals for school, work, and relationships.
Building strength, finding hope
Whether you’re here for yourself or someone you know or love, we’ve created a space for you to explore information, tools and support resources that fit your your individual needs.
Take a self-check, get wellness tips, and learn about specially designed support for teens & young adults
Families & friends
Learn how to support & communicate with your loved one, and find the right kind of support quickly
Learn how health providers, educators & other community members partner with us to refer & support young people
I was going to the [NAVIGATE] meetings and talking with people. That was the best decision I ever made. They believed in me, and that gave me faith to believe in myself.
– James, NAVIGATE Program Participant
The deep caring, experience, and expertise with which everyone on the staff has offered such a comprehensive variety of helpful programs has been of immeasurable value to our daughter and our whole family.
– Parents of NAVIGATE Program Participant
This program helps the whole family unit to heal. And when the whole family is healthier, then the program participant is healthier. So long term, the prognosis is much better for everyone.
– Keela, NAVIGATE Family Peer Partner, Kalamazoo team
Those [NAVIGATE] meetings, those check-ins – they kind of just remind me that people are out there looking out for me.
– Garrison, NAVIGATE Program Participant
Just because you had psychosis, doesn’t mean you can’t live a rich and meaningful life.
– NAVIGATE Program Participant
Tell us your story
Our community is built by peers, caregivers, and team members who are passionate about youth wellp-being. Stories help us to connect and empower each other.
Learn the different ways to share your story.
Check in on your mental health
Our mental health is constantly changing, we have good days, bad days, and lots of different kinds in between.
Answer a few questions to learn more about what you may be experiencing and connect with the right support resources for you.
View Empowering Stories
If you’re struggling right now, you are not alone. Check out young people and their supporters share about their experiences overcoming mental health challenges.
Sharing our experiences can help others along their journey. Interested in sharing via a video or short article? Learn how you can get involved.
What we believe
We believe that every person facing a mental health challenge can access inner strength and wellbeing, so we created a space where we could do just that – connect, learn and draw inspiration from one another.
We understand the power of asking for help because it has changed our own lives. And, we also understand that no one journey looks the same.
We’re here to help you find a path to wellness that works for you.
Michigan minds is here for you
If you are 15-30 years old and experiencing any of the following, Michigan’s specialty care teams are available to support you.
- Having troubling thoughts
- Seeing or hearing things that you aren’t sure are real
- Having sudden trouble focusing or understanding what others are saying
- Withdrawing from those around you and the things that you once enjoyed
- Just otherwise not feeling quite like yourself
Check out new resources, stories, and updates from NAVIGATE & ACT Early teams across Michigan.
Free Training Opportunity for Caregivers
The Power of Social Connection
MLive Article: Letter from the Editor
NAVIGATE Video Story Series
Kathy Swearingen: 5 Things I Learned While Supporting A Loved One After their Schizophrenia Diagnosis