Even Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has got to realize that her Stay-At-Home order is taking a toll on the People of the State of Michigan. Michigan’s mental health system is a joke to begin with. I know, because many of my clients suffer from underlying mental health conditions and addictions. I fear that the Michigan Governor’s misguided efforts to combat #COVID19, by enforcing what is possibly the harshest lockdown in the nation, will only lead to more mental health and addiction issues across the board.

So, in an effort to mitigate the Stay-At-Home order’s damage to Michiganders’ mental well-being, what does the Governor do? Does she relax some of the more absurd portions of her order? No. Does she allow people to enjoy the outdoors by fishing in a motorboat? No. Does she allow people to buy and plant seeds in a garden? No. Does she allow safe businesses to open? No. But, can people can still buy cigarettes, liquor, and lotto tickets. YES! How’s that for a stress-mitigation plan.

So, what is Governor Whitmer’s idea of a cure-all: A “Stay Home, Stay Mindful” website that is supposed to provide new mental health resources for free during the pandemic crisis. But is a free website for meditation really enough? And what about when the crisis ends? Will it be back to the same laughable mental health system in Michigan? Only time will tell.

People need to take personal responsibility for their safety, security, and mental well-being. Relying on the government to do it for you yields undesirable results. That’s why I have done the following within the last 24-hours to take care of myself, and to remain razor sharp for my clients:

– spoken with friends on Zoom,
– spoken with my children,
– taken walks,
– slept,
– gone fishing (from shore, since I do not own a boat),
– cooked hotdogs (okay not so healthy) outside,
– and watched a couple of episodes of my favorite shows.

What have you done to stay healthy and sane during the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown? Please chime in with a comment below.

We are staying sharp for our clients. If you or a loved one needs help with any type of criminal defense matter, the Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC remains open and ready to represent you. We are doing our part to stay fit – physically and mentally. We are hear to help when you need it!

Stay safe and stay healthy.