Greetings Providers!
Dear Partners,

April is Stress Awareness Month. We know that many of you have had a more stressful year than normal. Whether for personal or professional reasons, we've been more stressed out than ever. We have some tips below for how to manage stress and build healthier habits to reduce stress's effect on our bodies.

We have new dates for Mental Health First Aid for EMS. Register now! These classes are free for EMS that serve in the UP to attend. Mental Health First Aid earns participants 4 CEUs. Please reach out if you have any questions.

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MHFA Classes for EMS

One of Beyond the Save's goals is to train EMS providers in Mental Health First Aid. These classes will be open to any EMS personnel across the UP and will be free of charge.

Mental Health First Aid for EMS teaches you how to identify, understand
and respond to signs of mental illnesses and Substance Use Disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or Substance Use problem
and help connect them to the appropriate care. It focuses on the unique experiences and needs of firefighters and EMS personnel and is a valuable resource that can make a difference in their lives, their coworkers’ and families’ lives, and the communities they serve.

NEW MHFA Schedule:

Virtual Class: May 11th 12 - 4 pm ET
Virtual Class: June 14th 12 - 4 pm ET
(details will be sent via email after registration)
You can also sign up for the waitlist at any time to be notified of upcoming classes.
The virtual class consists of a 2 hour self-guided portion(to be completed before the class) and a 4 hour virtual class. In person classes are 8 hours. More classes can be offered to meet demand. Contact Ellen Lindblom for more information at or 906-228-9699, ext 1011.

GLRC also offers MHFA classes for the community. Please contact Ellen if you are interested in hosting a class.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) is undergoing a major project designed to provide additional treatment capacity in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. GLRC will be relocating the Men’s New Hope House residential treatment program to a former church building on West Easterday Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie. The new location will expand capacity and offer improved accommodations for up to 16 men.

To learn more about the Rebuilding HOPE Campaign and ways you can help visit our website.
The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is accepting applications

To be eligible for an NHSC Rural Community LRP award, all applicants must:
(1) Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National;

(2) Have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted health professional license, certificate or registration in the discipline in which they are applying to serve;

(3) Participate or be eligible to participate as a provider in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, as appropriate;

(4) Be eligible for federal employment. Most NHSC Rural Community LRP participants should expect to serve their commitments as salaried, non-federal employees of a public or private entity approved by the NHSC.

(5) Submit a complete application on or before May 6th, 2021.

(6) Be employed by, or have accepted a position at, a rural NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility where employment and provision of care to patients will begin no later than July 18, 2021.
Provider Toolkit is now available!
One of the large projects of the Beyond the Save grant has been creating a Provider Toolkit to distribute across the UP.

A digital copy is available now on our website! You can download and review this important information about Substance Misuse and the resources available to in the UP. Share with anyone who you think might benefit from the info contained in this toolkit.

After reviewing, please complete our evaluation survey and share your thoughts with us.
April is Stress Awareness Month

Americans are among the most stressed people in the world. Whether its our health, finances, work, family, or environmental stress, it can take a huge toll on our health. Over time, high levels of stress can make you more likely to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety disorders, or depression.

Some amount of stress is totally normal, and can sometimes be necessary when you are faced with a dangerous situation, however, we should strive to reduce daily or consistent stress. Here are several ways you can manage stress and help reduce your risk for negative health outcomes:

  • Recognize the signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, being easily irritated, feeling down, and having low energy.
  • Talk to your health care provider. There are ways to help if your stress is affecting your relationships or ability to work.
  • Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes per day of light exercise or walking can help boost your mood and improve your health.
  • Explore relaxation or meditation. Make room in you schedule regular times for these and other healthy and relaxing activities, and stick to it!
  • Set goals and priorities, and learn how to say no. Focus more on your daily accomplishments rather than things that have gone unfinished.
  • Keep your relationships strong and ask for help. Your friends and family can be a great source of emotional support and can help you along the way.

Mindfulness and Meditation Apps to Try

Below are several options for meditation and mindfulness apps you can download on your smartphone or smart device right now.

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This is one of my favorite soups. It's a classic staple in French cuisine and is super easy to make. It requires some special ingredients, but nothing you can't get at your local grocery store. Trust me, it's well worth it. It also freezes well (Omit the cream if you plan on freezing. Add it after you thaw.), so make a big batch and have delicious soup for months!

I would also recommend the salad the author pairs with the soup!
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Great Lakes Recovery Centers is working with MiREMS, Dial Help, NorthCare Network, Marquette-Alger EMS Medical Control Authority, and our partners - the UP Coalition Network to reduce opioid deaths and overdose across the Upper Peninsula. 
This project and website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Beyond the Save

97 South Fourth St., Suite C
Ishpeming, MI 49849
(906) 228-9699