Mental Health Supports
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious during an unprecedented situation like the COVID-19 pandemic. While social distancing to slow the spread of the virus is important for our physical health, finding ways to care for our mental health is also crucial.
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 Support Now
In the event of a crisis, call 911 or call the nearest hospital:
Holland Hospital 616-392-5141
North Ottawa Community Hospital 616-847-5310
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital 616-772-4644
Mental Health Crisis Support:
Community Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 24-hour Emergency Assistance - 616.842.HELP (4357)
Crisis Resources Page - A list of Michigan Crisis Resources from MDDHS
Local teletherapy Mental Health Providers - Organizations providing ongoing mental health supports by using telehealth and/or online services in Ottawa County
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
COVID-19 Mental Health Information
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
Parents and Caregivers
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.
Stay at Home Care Package - Daily tips for parenting during the crisis, via email
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.
Student Mental Health Support
Communicating With Parents
Partnering with Parents for Student Support - feel free to use or adapt to meet your needs
Remote learning mental health support guide for educators
Screening for Domestic Violence - Video from Resilience Advocates for Ending Domestic Violence
School Mental Health Plan
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, email@example.com, or Stacey Sills, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Mental Wellness and Self-Care for Educators
Self Care for Student Support Professionals - Self-care tips for educators who are also tasked with supporting and guiding others through this difficult moment from U of M Trails
The Connected Educator - A three-part webinar series from Opportunity Thrive
Supporting Educator Wellbeing: Wellness Tips to Help You S.O.A.R. - The Educator Wellness Webinar Series is part of The Well-Being Series - Connections During COVID-19: Mental Wellness Webinars for Families and Educators.
Virtual Town Hall
The next Virtual Town Hall Meeting will focus on ACEs and COVID-19. ACES stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences, which is a group of negative experiences or trauma that a child may experience while growing up.
Speakers from Thrive Ottawa County will explain the importance of understanding ACEs, provide local ACEs data, explain how COVID-19 is an Adverse Experience in the making, and share resources for building resiliency and maximizing health.
Community members and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Virtual Town Hall registration is required.