Community Schools INVEST IN A WHOLE-CHILD APPROACH TO EDUCATION. Meaningful teaching and learning embraces but goes beyond mastery of core academic subjects to include youth development principles; holding high expectations for children, youth, and adults; and developing their social-emotional, health, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
The free mental health resources below address many issues educators, parents, and children are experiencing right now. Please take a moment to care for yourself and share these resources with others.
This page will be updated regularly.
How to Get Mental Health Support Now
FOR CHILDREN’S MOBILE CRISIS ASSISTANCE CALL: Holland/Zeeland..................................................(616) 396-4357
Grand Haven/Spring Lake................................(616) 842-4357
All other areas (toll free)...................................1-866-512-4357
HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 2:00-10:00PM
Community Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 24-hour Emergency Assistance - 616.842.HELP (4357)
Crisis Resources Page - A list of Michigan Crisis Resources from MDDHS
Mental Health Crisis - Warning Signs and Resource Guide for Ottawa County
Pine Rest Urgent Care (616) 455-5490 - Pine Rest Continues to Provide Access to Behavioral Healthcare in West Michigan
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Classroom WISE Teacher Training
Introducing Classroom WISE
Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators
Classroom WISE is a FREE 3-part training package that assists K-12 educators in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom. Developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health, this package offers evidence-based strategies and skills to engage and support students with mental health concerns in the classroom.
In addition to a free online course on mental health literacy for educators and school personnel, a video library and resource collection are also available!
Local Therapy Providers
Local teletherapy Mental Health Providers - Organizations providing ongoing mental health supports by using telehealth and/or online services in Ottawa County
Ottawa County Therapists-list of therapists including age range, speciality, insurance accepted and contact information
Allegan County Therapists-list of therapists including age range, speciality, insurance accepted and contact information
LGBTQIA+ Youth in West Michigan
Student Mental Health Support
Communicating with Parents and Caregivers
Partnering with Parents for Student Support - feel free to use or adapt to meet your needs
Mandated Reporter Information and Training
Screening for Domestic Violence - Video from Resilience Advocates for Ending Domestic Violence
Educators Guide - Educator's guide to supporting the social and emotional needs of students.
Michigan Department of Education (MDE) - COVID-19 Social and Emotional Learning Resources
Michigan Model for Health Clearinghouse - Comprehensive health education for grades Early Childhood through High School with units in Social-Emotional Health, Safety, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs and Personal Health and Wellness. For more information or for grants, contact Beverly Schroeder, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Stacey Sills, email@example.com.
Second Step, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Free Second Step Classroom Activities
TRAILS to Wellness Free social emotional resources - SEL resources that are divided into key components such as mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive coping, anxiety, self-care and more. The lessons include handouts, homework, activities, and multimedia.
Grand Haven Public Schools SEL Examples: Pre-K through High School Social Emotional Learning Plans
To help Michiganders through the mental health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers emotional support through the Stay Well program (see options below). If your organization would like to partner with the Stay Well program, contact Project Manager Erin Wallace at WallaceE3@michigan.gov or 989-513-2370.
Bereavement Planning Guide for Schools
Schools play an important role in helping students and staff adjust to the death of one of the members of their “school family.” This guide is designed to help facilitate the bereavement process in the event of a student or school staff member death when school is either not in session, or is being conducted remotely and affecting the ability to engage in-person.
Within the guide, you’ll find a variety of staff, parent and age-appropriate student resources to help the school community with the grieving process.
COVID-19 Mental Health Supports
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide - A comprehensive mental health resource guide from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mental Health and Wellness Apps - Free or discounted apps that support mental health and wellness.
Resilience Resources - Resources and information from Resilience Advocates for Ending Domestic Violence
Staying Resilient During COVID-19 - Resources and tips to support resilience in the areas of self-compassion, locus of control, relationships, boundaries, expectations, gratitude and stress awareness.
Headspace - Collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises
How to talk to your kids about coronavirus - A helpful PBS resource focused on younger children
Identify Stress In All Of Us - Family Resource Sheets from the Michigan Model for Health Curriculum
Managing Strong Feelings - Family Resource Sheets from the Michigan Model for Health Curriculum
MI Parenting Resource - Free, online program meant to support caregivers across the state of Michigan in strengthening their parent-child relationships and gaining new tools for enhancing positive child behaviors.
Supporting Families During COVID-19 - How to support teens, kids, and yourself during coronavirus from Child Mind Institute
Tips for Supporting Student Wellness - Mental health resources for students during school closures from U of M Trails.
General Disaster Response and Recovery Information from SAMSHA
The following list of materials includes those focused on general mental health and substance use-related needs after a mass violence event, as well as a separate section listing materials for children, their caregivers, and school personnel