Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Wellplace to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Wellplace.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Scientific Evidence for MDD 

Wellplace, Michigan functions as the Access Center for Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA). As the Access Center, Wellplace serves as the front door for individuals seeking mental health or substance abuse information and services in Detroit-Wayne County.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Depression is a major cause of disability worldwide. Evidence for the effectiveness of various pharmacological and psychological treatments is abundant, yet outcomes are often disappointing. This may reflect poor patient understanding of the illness, poor adherence to treatment or inadequate systems to support high quality care.

Given the low detection and recognition rates, it is essential that primary care and mental health practitioners have the required skills to assess patients with depression, their social circumstances and relationships, and the risk they may pose to themselves and to others. This is especially important in view of the fact that depression is associated with an increased suicide rate, a strong tendency for recurrence and high personal and social costs. The effective assessment of a patient, including risk assessment, and the subsequent coordination of the patient’s care, is likely to improve outcomes and should therefore be comprehensive.

  • Depression is a major cause of impaired quality of life, reduced productivity, and increased mortality.
  • Social difficulties are common (e.g. social stigma, loss of employment, marital break-up).
  • Associated problems, such as anxiety symptoms and substance misuse, may cause further disability.
  • People with depression are at increased risk of suicide. Mortality from suicide is reported to be as high as 15% among people hospitalized for severe depression. In primary care populations, the prevalence of suicidal ideation is approximately 20-30% among depressed patients, but serious suicide attempts (7/10,000) and completed suicides (4/10,000 ) are relatively infrequent [Simon GE, 2006]
  • Depression is a significant independent risk factor for both first myocardial infarction and cardiovascular mortality. In people with ischemic heart disease, depression has been found to be associated with a three- to fourfold increase in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Major depressive disorder in the Veterans population, diagnosed by structured psychiatric interviews and specific diagnostic criteria, is present in 5-13% of patients seen by primary care physicians. The prevalence of this disorder in the general population is about 3-5%. The annual economic burden of depression in the U.S. (including direct care costs, mortality costs, and morbidity costs) has been estimated to total almost $83.1 billion in year 2000 dollars [Greenberg PE, 2003]. The suicide rate in depressed persons is at least 8 times higher than that of the general population. (VA Tech-manual 1999)

Management of Major Depressive Disorder, Department of Veterans Affairs, May 2009, pp 5-6

http://www.healthquality.va.gov/Major_Depressive_Disorder_MDD_Clinical_Practice_Guideline.asp