A little kindness goes a long way, as the saying goes. One local elementary school showed that it’s more than just a saying, by making it a reality.

Clarkston Community Schools shared on Facebook what students at Independence Elementary created during their Kindness Week Celebration.  In February, they created stickers with words of inspiration and encouragement. They gave the stickers to a local Starbucks, and they were placed on coffee cups to spread cheer.

The project went so well that they decided to extend it to a Starbucks on Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus. On May 3, approximately 400 MSU students were getting their coffee with a message of kindness sticker as they finished their semester and finals.

“Be Brave MSU! Be Happy!”

Some of the stickers read, “Be Strong,” “Be Brave MSU! Be Happy!” and “Shine Your Light.” The campus Starbucks even placed a sign at their counter to thank the school. “Clarkston students have been focusing on ways to share kindness in their local community and beyond to the Spartan community,” the sign read. “They want MSU students and staff to know that they are thinking of them,” the sign continued to say.

The community reacts to Kindness Week.

With several comments and shares on the Facebook post, the community shared in on the excitement. “More of this, please!! My heart is exploding! Thank you for putting this into the world!!!!” said one comment. “What a great project! Starbucks should do this in all their shops,” said another comment.

The Spartan community continues to heal from the MSU mass shooting that occurred on Feb.13, where three MSU students were killed, and five other students seriously injured. Though students have left campus for the summer, many community members are going above and beyond to show support. “MSU continues to stand together as a community and support one another during this difficult time,” said the MSU Police in a news release.

Take a look at some of the stickers from the post below.

2 Michigan Cities Have The Highest Prevalence Of Depression

Many people struggle with anxiety, depression, and stress. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety and depression disorders affect 40 million adults in the country.

From February 1 to 13, 2023, 29.9 percent of adults in Michigan reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder, compared to 32.3% of adults in the U.S. said a health policy research group Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KFF), analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The CEUfast.com research team looked at numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify the most depressed cities in the United States. Their data is based on the number of residents who have been told that they have a form of depression.

What are the most depressed cities in the U.S.?

Their research shows that Billings, Montana has the highest rate of depression. They said out of their metro area population of 181,000, 31 percent of residents have been told by a professional that they have depression.

Meanwhile, Kingsport, Tennessee, metro area, which also includes Bristol, Virginia, is second on the list. With 305,000 residents, they have a depression rate of 30.6 percent. Following these cities is another Tennessee city, Knoxville at 30.2 percent.

Where are the most depressed cities in Michigan?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and reports of mass violence and shootings, mental health conditions have increased. This is true in Michigan, which has two cities listed as having the highest prevalence of depression. Both Grand Rapids-Wyoming (28) and Lansing-East Lansing (33) made the top 50 cities.

According to MDHHS, calls to the state’s mental health crisis line climbed from fewer than 5,500 a month in the three months before July 2022 to an average of more than 6,300 a month in six months since its launch. Calls by Michigan residents to the mental-health hotline increased by 15 percent since last summer.

Here are some resources for those seeking help.

  • Crisis Text Line

    Crisis Text Line serves anyone in any type of crisis: Visit https://www.crisistextline.org or Text “START” to 741741.

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  • Michigan Suicide Prevention Coalitions and Crisis Lines

    Michigan Suicide Prevention Coalitions and Crisis Lines provide a list of suicide prevention coalitions or crisis lines in each county.

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  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call a counselor at 1-800-273-8255 or participate in the Lifeline Chat, which connects you for emotional support and other services via web chat.

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  • National Helpline 

    National Helpline 1-800-662-4357 provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

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  • The Trevor Project 

    The Trevor Project – A confidential hotline for LGBTQ youth. There is also a chat, text, support space, and social networking space.

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