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)

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

PDF DocumentDomestic Violence Information And Support

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

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

COVID-19 Mental Health Information

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

Parents and Caregivers

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 LinkStay at Home Care Package - Daily tips for parenting during the crisis, via email

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.

Student Mental Health Support

Communicating With Parents

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 Reporters

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

School Mental Health Plan

Google DocCrisis Response Protocols and Mental Health Interventions for Remote Learning

Google SheetMental Health Remote Learning Three-Tiered Workplan for Schools

Google SlideSupporting Mental Health During Remote Learning Framework

Social-Emotional Learning

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

Mental Wellness and Self-Care for Educators

Google DriveSelf 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

External LinkThe 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.