The Metro: New mental health survey aims to better identify Detroiters’ health care needs

Detroit City Council President Pro Tem James Tate joined “The Metro” to share more about the survey and his motivations for creating it.

In recent years, conversations about mental health have been getting more attention, but it’s not always easy to determine when someone is struggling with their mental health.

That’s why Detroit City Council President Pro Tem James Tate is launching a new survey to better understand Detroiters’ mental health needs. The campaign is called “Protect Your Crown,” and it’s meant to spread awareness of existing services and potentially advocate for new services people may need.

Tate joined The Metro on Wednesday to share more about the survey and his motivations for creating it. In order to get a better understanding of what mental health issues need more attention, Tate says he hopes to get as many completed surveys as possible — with a goal of reaching at least 5,000 residents.

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“We’re prying, we’re learning, we want to know more about you, what’s working, and what’s not working in our mental health care system,” Tate said. “Has someone in your family been diagnosed? Have you been diagnosed? Again, very personal.”

Although the survey asks hard hitting questions, it is completely confidential, Tate said. The only identifier to the survey is the zip code which is important in order to know which parts of the city are struggling and where more support can be given.

Tate hopes through the investment of mental health resources and understanding Detroit’s residents, there can be real positive changes. He stresses the importance of breaking the chain in behavior in order to protect our community.

“We also have to do what we can to find out what leads individuals to that pathway of deviant bad criminal behavior,” Tate said, “And if we don’t do that, all we’ll be doing is rinse and repeating the same process that we have seen that really isn’t working thus far, I hear.”

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