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Bay View Center

Unlock your full potential with our compassionate and supportive community!

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Hours of Operation
Monday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

What We Do

Unlock your full potential with our compassionate and supportive community! Bay View Center is a non-profit organization supporting individuals 18 years and older, who have been previously diagnosed as a person with a mental health condition(s) or are dual diagnosed. Our peer-to-peer drop-in community provides support to develop your own goals, create strategies for self-empowerment and take concrete steps toward building a fulfilling and self-determined life.

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Our Mission

The Bay View Center’s mission is to assist individuals 18 years of age and older with any type of mental health condition, live their lives to their fullest potential — no one should face mental health challenges alone.

Our Vision

Our vision is to cultivate the peer-to-peer support community and foster the culture of inclusion and empowerment, regardless of your mental health condition and without discrimination.
“Being kind is the ultimate act of inclusivity.”

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Events

Health/Wellness Daily Activities

OUR MEMBERS HELP US PROVIDE ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS. THE KEY TO HAPPINESS IS BUILDING A NETWORK OF POSITIVE AND MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS, WHICH SUPPORTS THEIR WELL BEING AND HAPPINESS. YOU WILL GAIN VALUABLE INSIGHT BY HEARING YOUR PEERS’ SUCCESSES AND FAILURES.

 

Arts and Crafts

Painting, sewing, wood-burning, jewelry making and much more!

Community Outreach/Fundraisers

Plant sales, suicide walk, informational table at various businesses in the community

Games and Outings

Bowling, Pool, Yahtzee, Cards, Bingo, Skip-Bo

Sustainability

This is a brainstorming and action group which provides insights and strategies with areas of celebration, center and community growth.

Seasonal Events

Visit cider farm, beach picnics, museum

Please Stop By To Get A Current Calendar Of Events!

My Story

Hi, my name is Laura and I have suffered with suicidal thoughts off and on for a decade. The last 2 years have been especially difficult. I was dealing with the pandemic like everyone else (which was hard all on its own). I also was dealing with a lot of medical issues. I suffered a massive stroke in April of 2020. The doctors ended up taking me off all my medication because they felt the stroke was an allergic reaction to my medicine. After a few months without any mental health meds, I began to really suffer. Here I was trying to relearn how to walk, talk and comprehend what people were saying to me all while suffering in a deep depression with bipolar. I pleaded with the doctors to put me back on my mental health meds for over a year because what they didn’t understand was having depressive bipolar disorder and not being medicated was not going to end well. The paranoia and anxiety were crippling, especially with the pandemic. I couldn’t go out in public. I couldn’t even get out of bed. I couldn’t do the things I loved because the anxiety was horrible. And the most crippling thing was I couldn’t get out of my head- couldn’t shut my brain up. For a year I just wanted the suffering to end. I wanted to not be a burden to my loved ones. I needed peace in my heart and my brain. It seemed like it was never going to happen and the pain on the faces of the people I loved was so rough. They wanted to help so badly but didn’t know how. A lot of people think that when someone ends their own life, they are being selfish, but in their eyes, they are doing their loved ones a favor. I’m not saying they are right. Just saying how it is to a person going through it.
You can be surrounded by 100 loved ones and feel completely alone because they don’t understand what you’re going through. They never went through it themselves. One of my saving graces was Bay View Center. Everyone there (including staff) has suffered or are suffering with a mental illness. Being around people that are going through what you are going through makes you feel less alone in this world. It is a home away from home. Not trying to single anyone out there because the staff have all helped me out at some point, but one particular individual at the center has been there since I started going 4 years ago and I can’t even put a number on how many times they have talked me out of bad day. They care and you can see it in their eyes. The director says we try to humanize people. Which they are so right. People with a mental illness lose feeling like a normal human and lose all confidence in themselves. Imagine what a new pair of shoes or an outfit will do. All the things that make you feel human again.
Weekly counseling and Bay View Center is what helped me survive that trying time. Now being back on mental health medicine is how I am still standing here today.

LAURA

Upcoming Events/Schedule

Board Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am. The Public is always welcome. Please Stop By To Get A Current Calendar Of Events!

Get In Touch

Location: 710 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707

Telephone: (989) 340-0955

Email: bayviewcenter3@gmail.com

Hours:
Monday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm