Dear neighbor,

I hope this message finds you well. As we step further into May, I want to share some updates and highlight significant events shaping our community. May holds significance for many, marked by Military Appreciation Month; Mental Health Awareness Month; Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Jewish American Heritage Month; and the start of summer programs.

Military Appreciation Month

Michigan has a rich legacy of backing the U.S. military since the early days of our nation. From pivotal support for Union endeavors during the Civil War to our significant role in constructing the Arsenal of Democracy in World War II, our state’s dedication to the armed forces is undeniable. The achievements of Michigan would not be possible without the courageous individuals who have chosen to serve in our military, embodying the resilient spirit and patriotism cherished by many of our citizens. I thank veterans, active-duty personnel, and military families for the profound impact they have on our lives and freedoms.

Mental Health Awareness Month

During this month, it’s important to acknowledge the profound impact mental health has on each of us. From shaping our thoughts and emotions to guiding our interactions and responses with others, it’s an integral part of our lives. This month serves as a reminder to nurture our mental well-being and foster a culture of understanding and support. We stand with those living with mental health conditions, and we celebrate the loved ones and mental health professionals who are there for them every day.

  • Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority
    • This hotline is open 24/7 for residents in Oakland County who are in crisis.
    • (800) 231-1127
  • Oakland Primary Health Services-Main Site
    • A federally qualified health center that offers behavioral health services.
    • (248) 322-6747
  • Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
    • This hotline is open 24/7 for residents in Wayne County that are in crisis.
    • (800) 241-4949
  • Detroit Central City Health Center
    • A federally qualified health center that offers behavioral health services.
    • (313) 578-6123
  • 24/7 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
    • This hotline is open 24/7 to assist those in crisis.
    • 988

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is dedicated to honoring Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in recognition of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843. It also commemorates the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, a project predominantly constructed by Chinese immigrants. Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in Michigan and the United States and make up 3.7% of the state’s total population. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have made many significant cultural and economic contributions to Michigan and the United States. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate their heritage and reaffirm our commitment to inclusivity and unity.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Since the 16th century, the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in the United States has been pivotal in shaping the prosperity of our state and nation. Michigan has a vibrant Jewish community that plays a significant role in government, various industries, and the arts. Throughout their extensive history, Jewish Americans have been dedicated to enhancing the welfare of marginalized communities, including active participation in the Civil Rights Movement. I encourage you to explore Jewish history and culture. Embracing diversity and inclusion fortifies our state. Let us come together this month to honor the enduring contributions of Jewish people in Michigan and across the nation.

Summer Programs

Looking ahead to summer, schools and community centers are gearing up to provide enriching programs for children and families. From educational camps to recreational activities, these programs offer opportunities for growth, learning, and fun. Be sure to explore the offerings in your area and consider how they can support your family’s summer plans.

I am proud to be your voice in Lansing. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if I can ever be of service to you.

In Service,

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Mike McFall

State Representative, House District 8

Serving Hazel Park, Highland Park, Madison Heights, Part of Detroit, and Part of Ferndale