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Mental Health

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 


Community Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 24-hour Emergency Assistance - 616.842.HELP (4357)

External LinkCrisis Resources Page - A list of Michigan Crisis Resources from MDDHS

PDF DocumentDomestic Violence Information And Support

PDF DocumentMental Health Crisis - Warning Signs and Resource Guide for Ottawa County

External LinkOttawa County Suicide Prevention Resources

External LinkPine Rest Urgent Care (616) 455-5490 - Pine Rest Continues to Provide Access to Behavioral Healthcare in West Michigan

External LinkSuicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255


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!


External LinkLocal teletherapy Mental Health Providers - Organizations providing ongoing mental health supports by using telehealth and/or online services in Ottawa County

External LinkOttawa County Therapists-list of therapists including age range, speciality, insurance accepted and contact information

Excel DocumentAllegan County Therapists-list of therapists including age range, speciality, insurance accepted and contact information



Communicating with Parents and Caregivers

PDF DocumentPartnering with Parents for Student Support -  feel free to use or adapt to meet your needs 

Google DocRemote learning mental health support guide for educators

Mandated Reporter Information and Training

PDF DocumentMandated Reporter Online Reporting Systems Training 

External LinkMandated Reporter Online Training from DHHS

PDF DocumentMandated Reporter Quick Resource

External LinkScreening for Domestic Violence - Video from Resilience Advocates for Ending Domestic Violence

PDF DocumentEducators Guide - Educator's guide to supporting the social and emotional needs of students.

External LinkMichigan Department of Education (MDE) - COVID-19 Social and Emotional Learning Resources

External LinkMichigan 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,, or Stacey Sills,

External LinkSecond Step, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Free Second Step Classroom Activities

External LinkTRAILS 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

          Google DocYoung Fives & Kindergarten SEL Activities

          Google DocCore Emotions- Young Fives and Kindergarten SEL Activities

          Google Doc1st and Second Grade SEL Activities

          Google Doc3rd and Fourth Grade SEL Activities

          Google DocHigh School SEL Lessons

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 or 989-513-2370.

External LinkStay Well Resources

Online Discussion Groups, Help Lines, Mental Wellness Webinars, Behavioral Health Guides, Video Resources


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.

PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Resource and Information Guide - A comprehensive mental health resource guide from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

External LinkMental Health and Wellness Apps - Free or discounted apps that support mental health and wellness.

External LinkResilience Resources - Resources and information from Resilience Advocates for Ending Domestic Violence

PDF DocumentResilience Domestic Violence Packet

External LinkStaying 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.

External LinkHeadspace - Collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises

PDF DocumentFamily Well-Being Guide

External LinkHow to talk to your kids about coronavirus - A helpful PBS resource focused on younger children

PDF DocumentIdentify Stress In All Of Us - Family Resource Sheets from the Michigan Model for Health Curriculum

PDF DocumentManaging Strong Feelings - Family Resource Sheets from the Michigan Model for Health Curriculum

PDF DocumentMI 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.

External LinkSupporting Families During COVID-19 - How to support teens, kids, and yourself during coronavirus from Child Mind Institute

PDF DocumentTips for Supporting Student Wellness - Mental health resources for students during school closures from U of M Trails.

PDF DocumentGeneral Disaster Response and Recovery 

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